U of M issues security alert after faculty member encounters gun - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

U of M issues security alert after faculty member encounters gunman

Freshman Johnny Luckett on the security on campus is a very important issue. Freshman Johnny Luckett on the security on campus is a very important issue.
Faculty member Faye Tao says her friends are always telling her not to go out after dark. Faculty member Faye Tao says her friends are always telling her not to go out after dark.
The victim was walking home from a classroom on Patterson to a home on nearby Watauga around 9 o'clock Thursday night. The victim was walking home from a classroom on Patterson to a home on nearby Watauga around 9 o'clock Thursday night.

(WMC-TV) – The University of Memphis prides itself on being ranked one of the safest large campuses in the country.

That came into question Thursday when an armed man attempted to rob a faculty member.     

The victim was walking home from a classroom on Patterson to a home on nearby Watauga around 9 p.m. 

According to a Memphis police report, the suspect said, "If you don't get on the ground now I'm going to shoot you."

A neighbor saw the crime in progress and yelled out. 

The suspect, who was wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt, ran off and jumped into a blue or silver car that was waiting for him.

We spoke with freshman Johnny Luckett about the security on campus.

"I think campus safety is one of the most important things," said Luckett.  "Being a college student, you don't want to be in college fearing that you might get robbed or you might die going to your car."

Students and faculty consider the interrupted robbery a wake-up call.

"In the daytime it's no problem but at night, not so sure about that," said faculty member Faye Tao.  "My friends are always telling me don't go out after it's dark outside."

Though the U of M Campus gets high marks in safety, that is not a free pass for them to let down their guard. 

"Safety is a number one priority, especially in the city of Memphis, in any city for that matter because crime is everywhere," said freshman Rashaun Wright

The University is reminding everyone to put two important numbers on your phone favorites:
•       Campus police: 678-HELP
•       Tiger Patrol Escort: 678-HOME

Tiger Patrol Escort provides free rides from dusk until dawn.

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