• Johnson & Wales University students robbed at knifepoint

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Authorities say two Johnson & Wales University students were robbed at knifepoint in Providence.

    The Providence Journal reports the students told police they were sitting at a picnic table in Columbia Park on Monday afternoon when four juvenile males approached them.

    The students had their cellphones on the table, and one of the suspects showed a foot-long knife and grabbed the phones.

    Police say the suspects fled and someone chased them. It is unclear if the person was one of the students or a bystander.

    Authorities say one suspect threw a backpack into a trash can and several phones were found inside.

    No injuries were reported.

    Public safety officials warn students to be alert, and say students should avoid Columbia Park.

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