TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - It started with knock on the door. Robert Sorbet is a second-year engineering student at UT Tyler. He said he, his roommate and a friend were inside their Varsity Place apartment, doing homework.
They heard the knocking, and yelled, 'come in.'
That's when two men entered the apartment. One of them had a gun. He stayed by the door while the other demanded cash from the occupants' wallets.
Police said the suspects also packed off a gaming and electronic equipment.
"I had never seen these people before in my life," said Sorbet. He recalled one of the robber's exact words: "You already know what this is. When we saw the gun, that's when we realized what was going on," he said.
Tyler Police are now working to put all the pieces together, including trying to find out what exactly led the robbers to Sorbet's apartment.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate several break-ins that occurred last week at the Cambridge Apartment complex barely a block away.
"We're certainly aware of the crime that's going on," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department. "We're going to do our best to get them solved."
Varsity Place has been under new management for a couple of weeks. Friday, maintenance crews spent the afternoon boarding up holes in the wooden fence. that partially surrounds the complex. Repairs were also made to the wrought-iron fence that also wraps around the property.
Laney Bowdoin, property manager, said the complex has increased security patrols.
She said one of those officers actually questioned someone on the premises following the robbery incident. That person ran off and the officer was not able to catch him. She said at the time, the officer was unaware of the robbery. He later found out the person he questioned matched the description of one of the alleged suspects.
"As unfortunate as this is, it could have happened anywhere," said Bowdoin. "All we can do is motivate people to monitor their surroundings."