COBLESKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police arrested four people in connection to the armed robbery that took place on SUNY Cobleskill’s campus.
“We were both frozen, and we couldn’t believe that, like, something like that was happening to us,” Lucas Melnyk said.
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, 17-year-old Melnyk and his friend were walking on Albany Avenue when a car suddenly pulled up to them, pointed a gun at them, and demanded everything they had.
Melnyk handed over his wallet, cash, and his McDonald’s meal. As soon as they car sped off, he caught the license plate number and reported it to police.
“It still makes me anxious to be walking around the school just knowing that it’s open and that there is the possibility that someone could drive up if they so please,” Melnyk said.
Melnyk thought he would never be held at gunpoint. He was only in his second week of college after moving from Canada.
“It is pretty upsetting,” he said. “Just to be at my first year of school and to have an incidence such as this happen. And it is also a big disappointing to not see any immediate action.”
SUNY Cobleskill Dir. of Communications Jim Feldman said the school has been working closely with NYSP in the investigation, and the school encourages students to continue their usual activities despite what happened.
“The college community appreciates the quick response in support of the New York State Police provided to the campus,” Feldman said. “We encourage all members of the campus to continue to engage in practices and continue to look out for one another.”
Melnyk and his friend were not injured. The school also said an e-mail was sent to students the day of the incident.
The school is urging anyone who has an emergency to use the campus blue light phones.