ODU student charged with making false robbery report


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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 2:59 PM

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12/6 UPDATE: ODU says 18-year-old Riain Curran from Woodbridge, NJ was charged by University Police with making a false report.
Paula Miller with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office tells WVEC.com that Curran was released on an $800.00 personal recognizance bond Thursday afternoon.  

NORFOLK-Two Old Dominion University students say they were robbed Tuesday night.

According to a safety alert from ODU, police believe the same three men are responsible for the two incidents. The first occurred around 9:15 p.m. behind Whitehurst Hall near the waterline. Then, a little more than an hour later, another student reported being robbed by three men as he walked in the 1000 block of W. 39th Street.

According to the alert, the students were walking alone when the three men assaulted them and took items from them.

The victims described their attackers as black, in their 20s to 30s and ranged in height from 5'8" to 6'2".

Anyone with information can call Detective Janka of the Old Dominion University Police at 683-4000.

The alert also listed safety precautions for students: Walk in pairs whenever practical; when walking, follow well-lit pathways; avoid carrying and displaying valuables or large sums of cash; and use the SafeRide van service or the University escort services by calling 757.683.3477.

Students tell WVEC.com that they're worried that they are becoming targets for criminals.

"It's crazy," said ODU junior Marvin Walker. "People are just taking advantage of people they think are weaker than them."

Fellow ODU junior Dante Mont says he thinks twice about going out alone at night.

"Somebody might be out there trying to rob you." "It's a little bit nerve wracking," he adds.