PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two University of Pittsburgh students showed up at the Sunoco in Oakland Monday morning, but they didn’t come to shop. They were there because they say two men broke into their apartment and duct-taped their arms.
“I just heard noise at my door, somebody opened my bedroom door, I looked up there’s a man holding a gun, telling me to be quiet,” Arthur Forbes said.
Forbes is a fourth year student at Pitt. He lives on Niagara Street with three other roommates, but around 5 a.m., two other men entered their home through an unlocked back door.
“[He said], ‘I’m looking for cash, looking for money.’ I didn’t know what to tell him, we’re college students,” Forbes said.
“The first thing I saw was Art, taped up with a gun to his head. And yeah, they just demanded money from me too,” said victim Ryan Foster.
The two roommates told police they were bound – with duct tape, and led into a basement bathroom. Forbes couldn’t really see, only hear the intruders.
“My nose was free. My mouth was completely sealed. In fact, the tape was wrapped completely around my head and when I finally got it off, some of my hair came out,” he said.
“They kept saying, ‘You’ve got three seconds, show me where the cash is or I am going to shoot you,'” Foster said.
Foster did give them his cell phone and wallet, and the unwanted intruders left the two roommates in a basement bathroom. They are described as black males – one with a red hoodie and black ski mask the other a white hoodie and white ski mask.
When it seemed like the coast was clear, the pair ran out to a nearby Sunoco gas station for help.
“I ran out on the street. It’s pretty amazing, I had duct tape hanging off my face, I got my hands tied up. I’m screaming at cars to stop and nobody stopped for me,” Foster said.
The students say they know the folks at the Sunoco station, and they immediately called police. Two other roommates were upstairs asleep in the house throughout the entire ordeal.