The University of Akron issued a campus alert early Monday morning following a robbery on Kathryn Place.
Akron police responded to the 300 block of East Exchange Street, where Kathyrn Place dead-ends just south of the university in the city's University Park neighborhood, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said the victim, who the university said is not a student, reported he was walking to a gas station on East Exchange Street when the suspect approached him from behind, placed a handgun to his back and told him to walk behind a building.
Once behind the building, police said the suspect put the gun to the victim's cheek and took $500 in cash from his pocket before fleeing on foot. The university said he fled west, toward downtown.
The suspect was described as a black man standing 6-foot-2, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a dark t-shirt and jeans.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Akron Police Department's Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Confidential tips can be made by texting to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP or TIPSCO. Callers can remain anonymous.