Police searching for man who pulled knife on student in her sleep

Police searching for man who pulled knife on student in her sleep
(Source: MPD)
(Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are searching for a man who snuck into a college dorm and held a knife to a girl's throat.

Police responded at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday to the call of a prowler in the 100 block of Barksdale Street. That is the Fogelman residence hall on the Overton Park campus of Memphis College of Arts.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman, told police she was asleep in her dorm room when woke up to find an unknown man on top of her holding a knife to her throat.

She was able to fight the suspect off, and after being confronted by another roommate, he ran away.

Fogelman Hall is one of two residence halls on Barksdale. It houses about 47 students.

No injuries were reported.

The event freaked out Alyssa Frantajk, and she is not alone. Many other Memphis College of Art students did not know what to do when they got an emergency alert from the school Sunday morning.

"I was pretty freaked out about it at first," she said. "It's kind of scary."

The dorms are surrounded by locked gates that can only be opened with a key card. The building is also locked.

Cameras outside the dorm captured a man walking inside the gate and up to the dorm. School officials said the man waited around the security gate and walked in behind a student vehicle. He got inside the dorm and jiggled the handle to dorm rooms until he found one that was unlocked.

"It happened here at a gated community," student Tramarriua Porter said. "You have to really be going through something in your mind to even attempt something like that."

Some students said they did not recognize the intruder when shown a photo, but others said they had seen him walking in the area.

Most students said they feel safe at the dorms because there is a lot of security, but they are being careful.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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