Former ASI President robbed at gunpoint

Imran Majid and Maikalina Madali

Former Associated Students Inc. president Monica Cortez reported she was robbed at gunpoint outside of College Town Drive Apartments near Sacramento State, Sept. 27.

Because the incident happened outside of Sacramento State Police jurisdiction, the case was handled by the Sacramento Police, which has yet to identify a suspect.

The robbery was the second reported in as many weeks where victims were allegedly held at gunpoint by hooded male suspects, according to police.

Cortez pulled into the College Town apartment parking lot around 1 a.m. where she saw a red car parked between College Town and University Village.

She noticed the car move behind her and walked toward her trunk as a man approached.

“I felt like there was something wrong, it just felt strange,” Cortez said. “Like that gut feeling you have when there’s something wrong. I should’ve just got back in my car and left, but I didn’t.”

Cortez said the man pulled out a silver handgun, threatened her and demanded she give him all of her belongings. The suspect then searched her pockets and took her phone, bag, stole her car, and left her unharmed.

“I’ve lived there for a year and a half and never personally experienced something like that,” Cortez said. “You hear about it happening in our area and you see the broken glass, but I never thought I’d go through that.”

Another report was taken around 3 a.m. on Oct. 1, involving two victims and two armed suspects at the same location. The victims also had property stolen but were left unharmed.

“There are not a lot of other citizens around that can bear witness to [the crime],” said Sac State Police Chief Mark Iwasa. “You have to be extra careful when there’s not a lot of people around.”

The police contacted Cortez on Oct. 6 to inform her that her car was recovered. The car was intact other than missing the stereo.

“I was at the wrong place, at the wrong time,” Cortez said. “I’m an easy target. I’m a female, I’m small and I was by myself.“