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College students robbed at gunpoint, held in basement

Philadelphia police are investigating an armed home robbery involving Temple University students that took place at an off-campus apartment on Friday morning, school officials said.

Some of the victims told ABC Philadelphia Station WPVI about the harrowing experience, which they say began when one of the roommates responded to a knock on the door.

The roommate let the two young men into the apartment because he thought he knew someone there, the students told the broadcaster.

Several of the housemates were then woken up by a gunman who took one of them to wake up the others, the students said.

There were 11 people in the home at the time, including six female residents, three friends and two girlfriends who had stayed the night, WPVI reported. They were all locked in the apartment’s basement for over an hour, the students said.

While in the basement, some of the victims were able to get their laptops and text anyone they could think of to call 911 and report they were being held up, they told WPVI.

The victims told WPVI that they believe the suspects are at the wrong address because the two men repeatedly asked, “Where are the drugs?”

The students were eventually forced to hand over their cellphones, car keys and debit cards along with their PINs, they told WPVI. Police said the couple also stole a 2015 Infinity minivan, according to the WPVI.

The police advanced to the apartment building around 7 a.m. and are looking for the suspects. According to the WPVI, investigators searched the area for surveillance footage.

No injuries were reported, although students were left shaken.

“You never think it’s going to happen to you, but when it does it’s like a shock,” one student told WPVI.

“I think the sad part is that we were all talking in the room — we all realized that when they walked into the room everyone was kind of like, ‘Oh, now’s our time,'” another student told the Channel.

The university confirmed in a statement to ABC News that Temple students “were robbed at gunpoint at an off-campus compound” that was outside of the Temple University Police Department’s patrol zone.

“The most important thing is that no one was hurt or injured in this incident,” the university said. “The safety of the Temple community remains the university’s top priority.”

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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