Straight from print: Inside AU Public Safety’s escort service


Lucca Vaselli, a senior in the School of Communication, was on his way back home from a late-night gym session around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. Walking down Massachusetts Ave., he quickly talked to a friend, and started again toward his apartment at The Avalon at Foxhall building.

With his head down and headphones in his ears, Vaselli noticed three men swirling around him on the bridge into his building. Thinking nothing of them at first, his fear quickly heightened when they pointed a gun to him and demanded, “wallet, passport, phone.”

Vaselli gave the attackers everything he had, and they fled. Running back to his apartment where no one was home or at the front desk, he ran down the hall to a friend to call for help.

This incident is one in a string of crimes in local neighborhoods over the last few months. The area saw at least five robberies in January and four in February, not including an unarmed carjacking in Tenleytown that occurred in early March.

The increase in crime has put students on edge, particularly those living off-campus, leaving some to wonder what AU services are available to help keep individuals safe as they navigate the AU area at night.


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