DENVER (CBS4)– A teenager was robbed at gunpoint while he was walking to school and now police in Denver are searching for the suspect.
The student was walking in an alley near 23rd and Pontiac after getting off at a bus stop. The robbery happened less than a quarter of a mile away from the Denver School of the Arts.
The 16-year-old boy was verbally assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. READ MORE: Trevor Woodruff Identified As Suspect In Deadly Shooting Outside Of Walgreens
Parents picking up their children from the school were shocked to hear about the robbery.
“My older daughter had talked about going down that alley and that it wasn’t safe,” said parent Sheila Nation.
“It was just really eye opening to see how close to home it can really be,” said one student.
The Denver School of the Arts principal sent home a letter to parents detailing what happened.READ MORE: Maize In The City, Colorado Family Tradition, Opens For A New Year
The teen was not hurt but the letter warns parents to teach children about safety when going to and from school.
“That’s actually where I’m headed. I’m going to take the bus home right now,” said another student.
Students said the route to the bus stop is widely used by students. Teachers also warned their classes to be on heightened alert.
“They told us not to go in the alley, but really safe, be really careful and travel in groups,” said another student.MORE NEWS: Colorado Task Force 1 No Longer On Alert Amid Intensifying Hurricane Sam
Police are working on a suspect description. Anyone with any information is asked to call Denver Police.