Armed robbery near YSU campus

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Youngstown police are investigating an armed robbery near the Youngstown State University campus.

A YSU text alert was sent out stating the robbery happened around 1 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of Alameda Avenue, on the city’s North Side.

The suspects were described as black males between 16 and 17 years old, armed with handguns, wearing black and red masks and dark sweatshirts.

Police said two people were leaving 257 Alameda Ave. when they were approached by the two gunman, including one who is a YSU student.

The two men stole an iPod and a wallet, police said.

YSU Police Chief John Beshara said his department has increased patrols on and near campus in the wake of a recent string of burglaries near campus.

Beshara said it’s a bad situation that campus polices have to deal with in an urban setting.

This latest incident is one of several unsolved armed robberies on the North Side, near the YSU campus, in the last few weeks. In the past robberies, the suspects were also described as being teenagers.

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