3 arrested in robbery incidents at Andrews University

A trio of suspected armed robbers as seen on surveillance video from Andrews University. (Courtesy photo - March 29, 2014)

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Berrien Springs say they have arrested three suspects connected to an armed robbery and two attempted armed robberies at Andrews University.

Three separate students reported they were victims of armed robbery or attempted armed robbery by three men Saturday night, according to the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department. Each of the incidents happened at a different campus location between 10:57 p.m. and 11:20 p.m.

The victims between the ages of 17 and 35 said the suspects had a handgun, which police believe to be a pellet gun due to evidence recovered near the scene, and a knife.

Only one of the students actually had his wallet, containing cash and his identification, stolen. Nothing was taken from the other two. Two of the victims sustained minor injuries to their faces. Both declined treatment.

A campus alert was sent out and dorms were secured for about an hour before an all-clear was given.

A K9 from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department followed a trail from a wooded area to the 8800 block f Maplewood Drive, but authorities are not certain the dog had picked up the suspects’ track.

Investigators used surveillance video from various campus cameras to identify the suspects.

Early Monday morning, authorities said they arrested three Berrien Springs residents they believe committed the robberies. 17-year-old Roy Leon Moore Jr., 18-year-old Thomas Rogers and 19-year-old Byron Marselle Talbert were arrested Sunday. An “air-soft” pistol that was believed to have been used in the robberies was recovered when authorities arrested the suspects.

Authorities say the arrests were possible with the assistance of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and tips from citizens.

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