Campus robbery investigation continues
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 23:10
Students checking their email and text messages last Monday morning founds alerts of an armed robbery on campus.
“I woke up the next morning and told my roommate, ‘well, that was really close,’” said ETSU sophomore Justin Pearce, who lives in Davis Apartments.
Police are still searching for two suspects who stole approximately $1,800 in merchandise from ETSU sophomore Allen Daniels at approximately 12:36 a.m. on Monday while he was unloading his vehicle in Lot 11 behind Davis Apartments.
According to the police report, Daniels had placed his backpack and laptop case on top of his car when he noticed a dark red or maroon vehicle with five passengers pull up beside him. Two suspects emerged from the back of the vehicle with their faces covered and each holding a handgun.
The suspects pointed the handguns at Daniels and ordered him to get down on his knees while they proceeded to take Daniels’s computer bag and backpack, which contained a laptop, a Pokémon Nintendo 3DS and Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards.
The suspects returned to the vehicle, which left the parking lot and continued on Southwest Avenue toward University Parkway.
Daniels reported that he was not injured during the armed robbery and did not need medical attention.
The suspects were both male and wearing all dark clothing. The police report describes one suspect as a white male between the ages of 20 and 25 at approximately 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds. The other suspect with a handgun can only be described as male. Also, the other suspects in the vehicle appeared to also be male.
The Johnson City Police Department responded to an armed robbery at 2 a.m. the same day near South Roan Street. The police report states that the descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle were very similar to those that Daniels reported.
Both incidents are still under investigation and Public Safety is following some leads, an officer said Friday.
Despite the incident happening just outside of a residence hall, some students still consider the campus to be fairly secure.
“I still feel pretty safe on campus, but I feel like they could use better lighting in some areas,” Pearce said. “I also try not to walk around on campus after too late.”
Sophomore Katie Marshall, who is a resident of Luntsford Apartments, said she has always felt safe on campus.
“That really hasn’t changed,” she said. “If I’m walking at night, I tend to have people with me or have my phone ready and I know where the emergency phones are.”
In addition to the emergency phones installed on campus, the ETSU Public Safety Office offers Safe Voyage services for students to be escorted by security personnel on campus after dark. Students can reach the public safety office at 423-439-4480 for an escort.