Overnight robbery on a local campus alarms police
MURRAY, Ky. - Safety is on the minds of parents who are getting ready to send their college-age kids away from home for the first time. But, an overnight robbery at Murray State University is causing concern as the first day of school nears.
Murray State University Police said the robbery happened around 12:10 a.m. on July 26, just south of the Carr Health Building on campus. Murray State University Police Captain Roy Dunaway said three unknown people approached a faculty member and demanded money. The victim pressed an emergency help button to alert campus police. Dunaway said after the robbery, the suspects fled in a white pickup truck in an unknown direction. Although the victim was not hurt, the incident has Murray State University Police reminding faculty and students to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
Dunaway said crimes on campus are rare, but do happen. He said, "Just be aware of everything around you. Don't take for granted that you're on an isolated college campus because we're surrounded by a non-college campus."
Dunaway said it is important to remain alert and watch for suspicious activity at all times. He said if you do run into trouble, "Cooperate. Number one thing. Always cooperate with what they say. Don't try to follow them."
Murray State University Chemistry Professor Bommanna Loganathan teaches night classes on campus. Loganathan said, "I think it's a good idea to walk in groups, not alone. If you do have to walk alone, call public safety." Loganathan said he has been a professor at Murray State University for 17 years and has not seen many crimes. "Murray State is a very beautiful campus. It is very safe. Murray State gives top priority for safety of the students," said Loganathan.
Dunaway said there is always strength in numbers. "Let us escort ya, if you're afraid of where you're going. That's what we're here for 24-7."
Emergency call boxes are also located throughout the campus. "There's a little blue light so you can't miss them. If you drive around, you will see them located throughout campus. That is a direct link to our dispatch," said Dunaway.
If you have any information about the overnight robbery, call Murray State University Police at (270) 809-2222.