UPDATE: Three suspects arrested Andrews Univ. armed robberies

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Berrien Springs, Mich. Andrews University students were put under lockdown Saturday night after a string of attempted armed robberies. Three teens are now under arrest for the crimes.

Roy Moore, Jr., 17; Byron Talbert, 19; and Thomas Rogers, 18, all of Berrien Springs, face multiple counts of armed robbery.

Police say two students were hurt in the incidents.

"In each of the cases there was an attempt to steal a wallet, and in two cases the individuals were hit in the face," Stephen Payne, Andrews University's VP of Integrated Marketing & Communication, told NewsCenter16. "None of them went [into the hospital] but we provided medical attention."

Three victims reported the attempted robberies within about 20 minutes of each other. One victim was not a student.

Shortly after midnight, students got an emergency alert text from the university telling them to follow lockdown procedures. The lockdown reportedly lasted for about an hour.

"There was an announcement made over the speaker and then a recorded message kept saying something to the sense of 'We are under lockdown. This is an emergency situation. Get behind a locked door,'" said Carlos Perrone, a student who was in his residence hall at the time of the incident.

Two students sustained minor injuries to the face during the robberies, and one of the students had his wallet stolen.

Police say the armed robberies happened between 10:57 p.m. and 11:20 p.m., but all three were at different locations.

Victims reported seeing a knife, as well as a handgun, but evidence on the scene suggests that may have only been a pellet gun.

Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen released a statement apologizing for slowness in getting information to students once the lockdown was announced.

"Last night, we did not share that information as quickly as we should have once the residence hall lockdown began, even as we were actively working with the victims and the investigation was unfolding," Andreasen said. "That should not have been the case. I want you to know that we are committed to understanding and sharing information immediately at times like these, and to keep you updated on this particular situation."


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