Los Angeles police are investigating two armed robberies that took place in classrooms on the campus of the University of Southern California in recent days, authorities said Tuesday.
The incidents -- one late Friday and the other Sunday afternoon -- occurred after many USC students had left campus for the start of spring break. In each case, a student reported being robbed at gunpoint while alone in a classroom studying.
USC officials said the first incident, reported at 11 p.m. Friday, took place in the Von KleinSmid Center. The victim told police he was studying when a man in a red-orange hooded sweatshirt came into the classroom, displayed a handgun, demanded his wallet and then fled.
In the second incident, a student reported that a man walked into the university's social sciences building Sunday at 1:30 p.m., pulled out a handgun and demanded his wallet, according to a crime alert distributed by campus security. The assailant in that case was described as wearing a black cloth mask as well as a red-hooded sweatshirt with a yellow Trojan emblem on the front.