University of Memphis student robbed at gunpoint

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --Police are looking for the men who robbed a University of Memphis student just off campus less than a week before classes start.

It happened in the 3500 block of Walker Avenue.

WREG spoke with students who say the incident makes them nervous.

Police say a 19-year-old was returning to her apartment complex. When she got out of her car, things went in a different direction.

Students can't believe this happened so close to campus.

“So close to campus like right here, it's right there, so that's really crazy,” said Christopher Walker.

Sophomore Christopher Walker showed us an email alert the school sent about Tuesday night's robbery.

“It's kind of sad that people get robbed. We're here to do a job and we can't do our job if we're living in fear,” he said.

The woman told police she noticed two men while walking toward her apartment building Tuesday night. One of them pointed a gun at her chest and demanded she give him her purse and iPhone.

The robbery is forcing students to rethink their safety plans just before school starts.

“I and my roommate, we are very alert about our apartment so we'll have a front door and a back door. We both have three locks over there. We would lock the door immediately,” said Lian Feng.

“If I'm walking around, I'm walking with somebody to make sure I have somebody watching out for me. I never walk around alone because I would hate to get robbed,” Walker said.

The men got away and police don’t have a good description of them. Investigators are asking anyone with information on crime to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH

1 Comment

  • Victor

    This is a good area for the city to install police cameras in students always get robbed. I remember feeling unsafe. The area needs more lighting up those streets since most students have to park around the campus due to high parking garages and lack of general parking. I really believe these incidents are linked. So there needs to be serious investigators in the area. We dont want to run off the college students lets run off the criminals from the area. hopefully the new developments will help to add more light and vibrancy to surrounding streets.

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