Student, Roommate Robbed

JMU Pupil: Two Armed Men Entered City Home

Posted: April 8, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A James Madison University student says he and his roommate were robbed at gunpoint in their home on the 300 block of South Main Street Friday night.


Around 10 p.m. two men wearing dark hoodies, bandanas, glasses and gloves — one bearing a double-barreled shotgun — robbed Graham Farr, 21, and his roommates of a smartphone, $25 in cash and an Xbox 360 valued at about $100, Farr said.


“They were only here maybe five minutes total,” he said.


Farr said he knew the suspects entered through the front door because it was unlocked and the other two doors were not.


After they entered his room, he said, one put him in a headlock while the other pointed a shotgun inches from his face.


Farr said he thought the attack was a prank at first, and tried to push the gun away. The man holding him then punched him in the face multiple times, said Farr, adding that he was then forced to the ground.


“I didn’t react because I thought it was kind of a joke at first,” said Farr, a JMU computer science major.


Then, Farr said, the bandits methodically pulled him around the house checking every room, including that of one of his roommates, who was home and on his cell phone.


Farr said the perpetrators took the cellphone, along with $25 he had, and an Xbox 360 owned by another roommate.


“Either they knew what they were doing or they play a lot of Call of Duty,” Farr said, referencing a video game based on covert military operations.


Farr said he didn’t know why the house would be targeted, and he suspected the perpetrators didn’t expect anyone to be home on a Friday night. Farr couldn’t provide much of a description of the suspects because his head was held down most of the time, but he said the man holding the shotgun was about 5 feet 9 inches and the other was about 6 feet 1 inch.


Farr said he and his roommate contacted the Harrisonburg Police Department, which responded that night and took statements.


Police did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.


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