Arrest made in attempted robbery in Oberlin dorm

11:01 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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OBERLIN -- An alleged robbery at Oberlin College's East Hall has landed an 18 year old behind bars.

Oberlin Police say Brandon Schneider was arrested for the Sept. 12 incident in which multiple residents had reported a male was in a room speaking with them before trying to take some items.

According to police, when the suspect was confronted by others in the room, he produced a handgun and started waving it around.

Dorms are locked 24/7, and require a student ID to be swiped to enter.

Oberlin College's Director of Safety and Security says this is the first incident of someone breaking into a dorm and aggressively robbing a student, in decades.

"We are encouraging students to be careful when they're entering their residence halls, to make sure the door closes and latches behind them.  Also, that they're not entering with people they're really not familiar with," said Marjorie Burton, who described the gun used as a BB gun.

Police also say one of the residents was struck in the head with the gun before the suspect fled the scene.

Students say Campus Safety and Security has put up notices around the school, reminding students to be vigilant, and to report suspicious persons.

Schneider, who is not a student at Oberlin College, is currently being held at Lorain County Jail. He had been arrested at his residence about three miles from the school without incident.


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