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Two men, one armed with a revolver, robbed four students in a Dunster House suite Saturday night.

Harvard police reported receiving a call around 10 p.m. from Stephen J. Tifft '74. Tifft told the desk sergeant he had been robbed, and Patrolman Arthur W. Greenidge went to Dunster to investigate. Tifft said that the robbers took little money, although they struck him and one of his three guests.

The police report described both of the robbers as about twenty, black, and clad in blue denim jackets and pants. One carried a nickel-plated revolver in a brown paper bag, the other was armed with a hunting knife.

Cambridge police, who also came to Tifft's room, said last night that they have not located or identified the robbers. With Tifft in his suite at the time were Frederick L. Weins '75, George F. Takis '74 and Tifft's sister.

Tifft said last night that the robbers had knocked on his door a little before 10 p.m. Saturday night. The two thieves entered the suite, asking for Tifft's roommate, David M. Sack '74 who was not in. Tifft began to give them directions to a party he thought Sack might be attending.

"They were talking to us very affably," Tifft said. "Then one took the gun out of the bag, and told us to sit down and take the money out of our wallets. There was no break in the conversation; we had no inkling. It was just out of the blue."

The robber carrying the gun hit Tifft on the cheek when Tifft started to any something to him. Tifft said last night that he was not hurt, although his glasses were broken. The same assailant hit Takis on the shoulder.

"Mostly it shook us up," Tifft said. "The financial loss wasn't much." Tifft lost four dollars: Weies lost ten. The others had no money in their wallets.

Tifft said he was amazed that the robbers had bothered to come up to his fifth floor suite.

"After they found out how little money we had they were sort of pinned off," he said. "They knocked over the waste basket, glowered at us and then they left." Tifft estimated that the robbery took less then five minutes.

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