Armed robber strikes Texas State University Campus


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 6:21 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Police are urging students at Texas State University in San Marcos to be on the alert after two armed robbers struck Friday morning.

Police say it’s a wake-up call for students to keep their guard up, even when they're living on campus.

The school year started Monday for close-to 35,000 students attending Texas State.

Sophomore Chelsea Yeatts says safety is a top priority, especially when she walks through campus late at night.

“I walk by here all the time, and especially if I'm staying here late, studying. It's going to make me super aware,” Yeatts said.

Early Friday morning the Texas State University Police Department e-mailed and texted warnings to students and staff about two separate incidents involving armed robberies.

They say at about 3:25 a.m. a man was robbed at gunpoint while he was sitting on a bench in front of the Tower residence hall.  The dorm sits in the middle of the campus.

The robber ran off.

Police say five minutes later another man was robbed at gunpoint near the Sanctuary Lofts on the southwest perimeter of the campus.

The gunman in both cases is described as a black male wearing a black baseball cap. Police say he had a handkerchief covering his face. He was also wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

“Normally this campus is really safe, this is the first time I've heard anything bad happening since the flasher,” said Freshman Vincent Fitzpatrick.  He and his roommate Damien Shoemake live at the Towers, where the first robbery took place.

“I got the alert on my phone and it woke me up. And I was like wow. That's like right down there, I can look out the window and I could literally see the bench,” Shoemake said.

The two plan to take the necessary precautions to do what they can to keep from becoming crime victims.

“You could always just walk with somebody, that's what I would do.  Power in numbers,” Shoemake said.

Police say it’s also a good idea to try and stay in well-lit and busy areas. And if a crime does occur, report it immediately.