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Two UPennAlerts in the past week made Halloween even spookier than usual. 

At 3:58 a.m. on Oct. 30, Penn Police responded to a report of an armed robbery on Sansom Street, prompting a UPennAlert at 4:24 a.m.

Initially, two students reported that while walking on the street, they were approached by a black male, 5’10” tall, approximately 30 years old, with his hair in dreadlocks, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The suspect demanded their wallets while holding what appeared to be a handgun. The students were able to enter a house on the block to escape and nothing was taken.

While investigating this incident, another student reported that they were approached by a male meeting the same description, minutes after this robbery, on the 3600 block of Sansom Street. In the second case, the student was approached by the suspect, who first asked for directions, then demanded money while displaying a similarly described handgun.

There were no injuries to any of the students. Penn Police and Allied Barton increased patrols in the area until further notice.

A nearby T-Mobile store, at 3441 Chestnut Street, was robbed early Wednesday evening, prompting a similar UPennAlert.