Police investigate attempted robbery in U of M parking garage

(WMC-TV) - Authorities at the University of Memphis are investigating an attempted robbery that happened Monday night in the Zach Curlin parking garage.

Investigators said the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. in the garage's lower level. There, three men tried to rob a woman of her backpack and cell phone.

The men were unsuccessful in their robbery attempt, and the woman was not hurt.

Students like Leah Jones weren't surprised to hear of the incident.

"It didn't shock me or anything," she said. "It was just something else that happened on campus."

Emergency phones are spread across the University of Memphis campus, including one on the lower level of the Zach Curlin garage. U of M student Jarrell McBride said Tuesday he didn't think he'd need to use the phone, but some people would.

"There are a lot of people out there that would seem like easy targets for people that prey on that type of thing," he said.

Jones said the garage incident would not change anything for her.

"I think that sometimes people think it's kinda scary on campus," she said. "I don't think it is. I've been here for four years. I've lived on campus, lived off campus. I don't really have a problem."

Jones hopes, however, the three would-be robbers get caught soon. They were last seen running from the garage toward Walker Avenue.

If you know anything that can help solve this case, you're urged to call U of M police at 901-678-3848 or Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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