U of M student kidnapped on campus and robbed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

U of M student kidnapped on campus and robbed

"I'm always out that late," says University of Memphis freshman Melissa Beale.  "I'm always using this parking lot," she adds.

Beale has a lot in common with the latest victim of on-campus crime.

"That's horrifying," says Beale.

A fellow Richardson Towers resident was robbed late Sunday night after a frightening encounter steps away from the front door.

"It's not a good thing on campus," says sophomore Jeremy Lawson.

University police say the student was walking through the parking lot when he was approached by a man armed with a gun.  The student was forced into the backseat of a car and driven off campus.  The robbers drove him around for several hours before dropping him off near Summer Avenue and Holmes.  They took his wallet.

"It appears everything he's told us is credible and we're just trying to determine exactly what happened," says Bruce Harber, Director of U of M Police Services.

Harber personally sent out an alert via the "tiger text" system shortly after the robbery was reported.

"And we're going to have some extra officers in the area on overtime until we can resolve the investigation," he adds.

The investigation will include checking every security camera pointed toward the dormitory parking lot.

Meantime, many students plan to tread a lot more carefully until the crooks are caught.

"You definitely need to have somebody with you," says Lawson.  "That's male and female," he adds.

There are only vague descriptions of the two suspects thus far. They were driving a late 90's model, white, four-door sedan.  Anyone with information should should call campus police or Crime-Stoppers at 528-CASH.


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