Lt. Steve Cox of the Muncie Police Department said there were two or three different cases and that they may be connected. His department is working with Ball State police to investigate.
Then, on Sunday, October 14, the university issued a second alert: "Two victims were robbed at gunpoint around 3:30 a.m. this morning at the intersection of Locust and Wayne Streets, east of campus."
In both cases, people described seeing a black car. According to a Ball State spokesperson, only one of the victims was a student.
Both alerts encouraged students to travel in groups and avoid going alone at night.
“When traveling at night be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions such as listening to music on headphones,” the alerts said.
"Be vigilant. (People) should know the situation,” Cox said. “We're looking at (a) darker vehicle, patrolling slowly, coming around corners--maybe two or three passes."
Cox said the people responsible may be looking for victims who are not paying attention.
"It seems to be that they may be targeting intoxicated individuals (who) could be more vulnerable. They're not thinking straight,” Cox said.
While the armed robberies did not happen on campus, the crimes are definitely on the minds of students who live nearby.
"I have a night class so I have to walk home at night, but I've kind of been freaked out -really," said Sara Peters, a Ball State student.
While Peters said she feels safe, she is concerned about the recent armed robberies.
"It sounds like a lot of the same people are involved or something around the same area, too, so that's kind of frightening," she said.
Ball State student Bridget Ryan said she was near Locust and Wayne Streets this weekend when the two men were robbed. She said she didn’t see or hear anything, and makes sure she’s not distracted when walking home at night.
"If I am walking back from home at night…I try to have no headphones in and just be aware of my surroundings," Ryan said.
Anyone with information about the robberies should call the Muncie Police Department or the Ball State Police Department.
Ball State offers free transportation at night. It is first come, first served on "university owned or controlled property." The company is called Charlie's Charter.
The service runs until 3 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights and Friday until 7 p.m. For more information, call (765) 760-RIDE.