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Man arrested in campus taser attack

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A University of Memphis music major's walk through campus early Tuesday hit a sour note, when police say a robbery suspect held a stun gun to his throat.

"To my knowledge, it's the first time we've had an incident like that," said Bruce Harbor, Director of Security at the University of Memphis.

The victim was repeatedly zapped in the breezeway of the university bookstore.

"In fact, he said he thought he had passed out just for a second or two," Harbor said.

Danny Patterson, 19, of Memphis was arrested Wednesday on a number of charges, including aggravated robbery.  Patterson was arrested on campus in the middle of the night by officers who noticed he matched the description of the suspect.
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"(The officers) approached the guy and determined he probably was the individual involved, and actually, we recovered the stun gun from him," Harbor said.

Police found a screwdriver, knife, and flashlight on Patterson as well. They believe he is also responsible for a number of car break-ins in a parking lot near the spot where he was picked up.

Even though an arrest was made in the attack, Harbor urged students to remain alert.

"You just don't know when something out of the ordinary like this can happen."

The victim told the campus newspaper that Patterson asked him how to get to the nearest Burger King before attacking him.  In the future, he says he'll be more careful about letting his guard down.

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