NEW INFO: Student Robbed On Campus

East Carolina University says a student was robbed on campus early Wednesday morning.

An ECU alert says around 2:00 a.m. the student was the victim of a strong arm robbery near the north side of Mendenhall Student Center. The student said he was assaulted and personal items were taken during the robbery.

The victim described one of his attackers as a black male, approximately 6'5" in height, weighing approximately 250 pounds, and approximately 30 years old. He was reported to be wearing baggy style jeans, a white shirt, black Timberland boots, and having shoulder length dreadlocks.

The victim told authorities that there were three to four additional people involved with the robbery.

ECU police say an alert on the robbery didn't go out until late Wednesday afternoon because the victim did not notify authorities until 12 hours after the robbery happened.

The university reminds students, staff and faculty to avoid walking alone at night and to avoid areas with poor lighting.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the ECU Police Department at 252-328-6787.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM
    it sounds like a drug deal gone bad. a student set up a deal with a local thug type of guy, and got stuck up. he waited a whole twelve hours before he called the police... sounds like he needed to get his story str8. see the big picture folks
  • by To our local PD: on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:20 PM
    Where are your PO's? No bikes? No pedestrian PO's? No patrolling through these high crime rate areas? Where are they? Hanging out in twos, talking and looking at all the pretty "ladies". I've said this before, I felt safer living in DOWN TOWN Atl than I do here. This city is out of control! The lights have NO rhyme or reason for when they change. There's a train that routinely is backing traffic up at the busiest hours of the day by stopping, backing up, and hanging out. Who is in charge? Anyone? Anyone? Are things ever going to change or are they really going to move an entire school b/c a city can't get their act together? I wonder how much $ the city of Greenville would pull in if ECU moved...... THEN, the number of PO's that patrol would probally be about accurate, no need to hire additional help!
  • by Anon Location: ECU on Feb 25, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    When you are under 21 and been have drinking, I guess you don't want to call the police, even though you have just been robbed. Walking back from downtown, alone at 2:00 AM, in an intoxicated state, does not contribute to a safe trip back to the dorm. How often do we need to be told not to do that ?? We also need to start implementing all the personal safety measures the police are telling us about in our classes. Stay safe.
  • by Arlene Location: New Bern on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    Look the students know not to walk alone late at night.As parents we learned all that in oreintation.Why did this student wait 12 hours to report this.Remember last summer a student reported she was raped on campus.It turned out to be false.So lets wait and see.Because something sound strange about this story.
  • by ecu on Feb 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    But if you're familiar with campus, you would know that there are 3-4 ATMs right there at Mendenhall. I wouldn't doubt that someone would be lurking around there at that time of night.
  • by to Chip on Feb 25, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    this article does not say anything about ATM's. It also doesnt mention anything about him NOT calling from the blue phone and even if he did AFTER he was robbed how in the heck would that have prevented the robbery? Read much??
  • by OpenCarry Location: Washington on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    If NC would allow legally licensed ad permitted adults (people over 21) to carry on campus, maybe these thugs would think twice before attacking honest hard-working students. As a 40-s year old grad student with a CHP, I find it insulting that NC says I can legally carry for self defense in WalMart, public parks, many restaurants and stores, but the minute I set foot on campus, I am no longer legally allowed to defend myself. EVERY college student in NC should carry pepper spray, take a self-defense class, and STAY AWARE. Not allowing law-abiding, legally permitted adults to defend themselves just because they are a college student is a morally bankrupt policy and is an insult to the good people of this state. Utah has allowed Concealed Carry on ALL it's college campuses since 2004, and has not had a single "accident", and crime has plummeted. Contact your Representatives, and change this law. SELF DEFENSE is a HUMAN RIGHT!
  • by BW Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    The ultimate problem is that ECU is smack dab in the middle of trash town! And, yes, this includes both black, white, and other races of trash. If the surrounding community isn't cracked down on, then it doesn't matter how much security or cameras are employed on campus. I will be attending ECU in the Fall-online! I don't even venture to that side of town if I can help it...
  • by John Location: Pitt county on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:09 AM
    This report was a bunch of baloney. Does anyone else find it strange that the 500 surveillance cameras on campus did not catch this guy walking anywhere? Also, could WITN please get a new picture of an ECU cop car? They haven't used this design since I moved here ten years ago! Maybe if the Chancellor would allow the ECU cops to do real cop work instead of taking ladies to the bank and unlocking doors for people then there would be some deterrent for this type of occurence.
  • by Chip Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:41 PM
    Not saying that the victim is to blame in this case, but why did this person put himself in the position to be a victim? ECU students are constantly doing this. He was alone, where those ATMs are, are not well-lit, prolly didn't pay attention to his surroundings. Also, there is blue-light phone less than 100ft from that ATM, why didn't he run to it after he was robbed?
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