KC Art Institute students on alert after man points gun at woman, demands wallet and laptop

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Crime has never been a problem but after an armed robbery near the Kansas City Art Institute, security is being ramped up.

The incident happened Monday night near the campus at 44th and Warwick Boulevard and since then there are more security officers patrolling the campus on foot, and students and staff are now paying more attention to their surroundings.

Police say two art students were walking along Warwick Boulevard when a male student saw a man armed with a gun run towards a female student. Police say the suspect pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her wallet and laptop.

According to officers, the robber's face was covered with a gray hoodie and he fled in a white four-door sedan with partial Missouri license plate "M 123." Officers say another person was driving the vehicle.

Students and staff are hoping for a quick arrest, but until then, they're on alert.

“They weren’t injured thank heavens, but you know we got really worried about this,” KCAI President Tony Jones said. “This is really quite terrifying.”

On Friday the art institute’s student leadership team will hold a private meeting on campus. They will discuss many things including: the robbery and safety procedures.

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