MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A University of Memphis student reported a carjacking Thursday evening, according to an alert sent out by campus police.
The student was parked in the 3700 block of Walker, near Ellington Hall, when four males wearing masks and carrying guns pulled up in a blue sedan at 7:47.
They took the student’s silver 2019 Hyundai, Tennessee tag BKJ1548. The suspects were last seen headed west on Southern near Patterson.
“We are appalled at the brazen car theft that took place the evening of Thursday, Oct. 12, on Walker Avenue,” university officials said in a statement. “University Police Services is working with local authorities to help identify and apprehend the persons responsible. The safety of our campus community remains the University’s top priority because a secure learning environment is the right of all students.”
Carson Carpenter is only a freshman but says he is already had enough with the crime happening on the University of Memphis campus.
“We received an email. So, we know about it, we know to take precautions but I don’t know if that’s enough to protect us.”
The university announced earlier this year they will invest $5 million to secure the campus and the surrounding areas.
But Carpenter says he doesn’t feel administrators at the university is making it their priority to protect students
“We need change soon,” he said.
U of M has had more than 100 criminal incidents on its campus so far this year, according to the data hub.