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Robbery and assault on campus

September 10th, 2009

A John Carroll University student was the victim of a mugging at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. He was left beaten and robbed for petty cash, with no indication as to why he was the target.

Senior Matt Najdovski was walking past Bernet and Millor Halls on the quad’s sidewalk, heading to St. Francis Chapel for mass, when he was struck in the face. He fell to the ground and was punched and kicked by four males for nearly a minute.

“I feel like they would have jumped anyone that was alone,” said Najdovski. “It could have been a girl or a guy they could have mugged them and just taken their purse. I guess I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Najdovski is recovering from a recent surgery on his left hand, but that did not stop the criminals from beating him, stomping on his injured hand and taking his money.

“They didn’t kick me square in where I had the surgery, but it was close to that area. I was just happy that it happened to me and not like a weak girl or something,” said Najdovski. “Then they started kicking me in the ribs and telling me to stay down.”

According to the police report, Najdovski hit the ground after the blow to his face. Then, they told him to stay on the ground and took his wallet from his back pocket. Just one minute later, Najdovski watched the four men flee between Millor and Bernet, last seen heading towards Carroll Boulevard. They made off with less than $60 cash.

At 6:17 p.m., University Heights Police Department responded to the site.

“As soon as it happened I called [my girlfriend] and she went to CSS, then UHPD was there in like 5 minutes. They really seemed to care and were helpful,” said Najdovski. “It was just unfortunate that I couldn’t give them much information.”

Najdovski was only able to give vague characterizations to the police, offering their clothing and racial descriptions.

Officer Steve Williams of UHPD said they are currently investigating, but will require more information before any arrests can be made.

“We’re still looking into it, and so is [CSS],” he said. “Once we speak with all the witnesses and gather more information we can go from there.”

There was a similar incident that occurred in University Heights on Sept. 7 around 2 a.m. Because the incident is still under investigation, UHPD could not offer more information. (The Sept. 6 incident is still under investigation as well, but because it happened on JCU, CSS is obliged to inform the students by the Clery Act.)

Students are urged to keep the phone number extension for CSS in their cell phones, which is (216) 397-4600.