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Art students on high alert after student attacked while sleeping

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Students at the Memphis College of Art are on high alert after a student was attacked in her dorm room while sleeping.

Now, they said they are living by the mantra “if you see something, say something.”

"It was just weird because nothing like that has ever happened," said Kayla Caron.

Caron is a junior at the Memphis College of Art and says she is paying close attention to her surroundings after surveillance video captured a man walking in a security gate behind a student vehicle. 

Once inside the dorm, he jiggled the handle to dorm rooms until he found one that was unlocked. One student was woken up to the man on top of her with a knife to her neck. He ran off when confronted by another student.

“I walked back from class. I walked to class this morning by myself.  I mean I might go get some pepper spray or something,” said Caron.

Pepper spray is what Callie Do has already invested in.  She also lives in Fogelman Hall where the incident happened.

“It’s one of the safest things I can have. It’s always good to protect yourself,” said Do.

The Memphis College of Art said their security officers have been patrolling the area.

“I always close the gate behind me. It’s always good to be aware of your surroundings,” said Do.

Investigators showed up Tuesday to look for more clues that could help them find the suspect.

“It’s really scary whenever you think about it,” said Do.

One student said she heard about a man following students but never felt unsafe.

“I feel pretty safe. I’ve never felt threatened or anything like that since I’ve been here,” added Caron.

Until an arrest is made, she said everyone will be watching.

“Definitely want him to get caught for sure. That shouldn’t happen to anybody,” said Caron.

Officials at nearby colleges and universities said they have reminded their students to check around before they walk inside and lock the door behind them.

Christian Brother’s University sent a reminder to students to review their visitor policy and report anything suspicious. 

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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