UPDATE: Police Still Searching For Gunman, UNCW Lockdown Over

WITN spoke with UNCW Chief of Police David Donaldson Tuesday, and he says the campus is still on alert as police continue to search for an armed robber.

Chief Donaldson says the campus is no longer on lockdown and students are free to move about, but should do so with caution. Classes will start at normal hours Tuesday.

Extra security is in place as police work to locate a man who they say stole a wallet and two cell phones Monday night. The man is described as a light-skinned male who weighs about 250 lbs. Police say he approached a girl at a Hardee's parking lot on College Rd., which is adjacent to campus. The victim told police the thief was very polite and thanked her and another person inside the car for being so cooperative.

Police used a helicopter and K-9 unit to locate the man overnight. The K-9 unit led police to the UNCW campus, which is where the search will continue Tuesday morning. Chief Donaldson says there are a number of promising leads that they are responding to.

Students are asked to monitor their phones, the UNCW homepage, www.uncw.edu/alert and the Emergency Information Hotline at (910) 962-3991 or (888) 657-5751. We will keep you posted as more updates come in.


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Wilmington police are searching UNC Wilmington's campus for a man who held at least four people at gunpoint, stealing their wallets and cell phones. It happened late Monday night on College Road in a Hardee's parking lot.

Officials say the call came in just before midnight. According to our sister station, WECT, a woman called 911, saying a man stole her wallet and cell phone. The victim said the man apologized for robbing her before he fled toward UNCW's campus.

Campus police and Wilmington Police, along with the K-9 unit and police helicopter, are searching for the suspect. A mobile alert has been sent out to the UNCW campus. In the alert, people are advised to stay away from windows and lock doors.

The suspect is said to be a heavy-set man, about 250 pounds, wearing a black hoodie and a red cloth over his face. He appears to be college-aged.

Students are asked to monitor their phones, the UNCW homepage, www.uncw.edu/alert and the Emergency Information Hotline at (910) 962-3991 or (888) 657-5751. We will keep you posted as more updates come in.


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  • by wow on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Maybe they should search for the man with an umbrella?
  • by light skin on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    light skin? why not just the ethnicity?
  • by Student on Nov 15, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    Actually, as an NC State student, I was upset by this article. In the past few weeks, we have had three cases in which students were robbed at gunpoint for their electronics and/or money. All of these cases included 4-6 black male suspects, at least one gun, and two of the instances were on campus with the other one less than one block from campus. These were barely covered in the news and were far more vicious crimes. In one case, the student was pistol-whipped.
  • by Pack Man Location: Knightdale on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    That's why N.C. State is the best educational institution to go to. Raleigh > Wilmington
  • by SJ on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    They don't even report this in Greenville anymore. Armed robberies are the norm here these days.
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      by AC on Nov 16, 2011 at 02:43 PM in reply to SJ
      You spoke too soon it seems
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    This just goes to prove to the idiots trolling on the ECU articles and any article about Greenville that Greenville and ECU are not the only places that the crime is bad. Norfolk and Virginia Beach are 10 times worse than Greenville as far as violence.
  • by alumni on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    get a grip people crimes everywhere. why not wilmington
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    These comments are absolutely ridiculous. As a student at UNCW I have always felt safe and crime on campus in no worse than crime on any other campus. The gunman was not targeting UNCW!
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      by Exactly! on Nov 15, 2011 at 08:11 AM in reply to
      Anonymous at 10:03am and alumni at 10:34: You both get it. Crime occurs everywhere. What you are missing is that these posts are done "tongue in cheek" to the serial posters here that act as if Greenville and ECU experience crime exclusively and singularly and that other places are not subject to the same criminality. What these posters forget is that they are reading a LOCAL news site and, of course, local news will cover local crime and thus give the misperception that crime occurs in a vaccum at this particular locality. These folks are rather simple, and in my opinion, the WITN message board is where many of them vent their emotional frustrations inappropriatley at the local biggest target, ECU.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to Exactly!
        Yes I was the OMG!!! post and I was using my best sarcasm voice in saying that people shold avoid going to Wilmington, If you think 8 posts is bad try clicking on an ECU article and see the 200 posts bashing Greenville and ECU. But no, Wilmington is an awesome place to live and visit. My point was this article will have no comments but if this was about ECU you better believe it would have over 300 comments by now.
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          by Exactly! on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to
          I am not used to agreeing with many people on this site, but I agree with you here 100%. ECU stories on WITN brings out the emotionally wounded, societally disenfranchised, the bitter & angry, and the chronic naysayers. WITN knows this and plays to this unfortunate crowd as it drives up website hits ultimately.
  • by UNCWLOVE:) Location: Wilmy on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    So glad this is an isolated event, and not the norm like it is in Greenville..
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to UNCWLOVE:)
      Wilmington's crime rates are horrible too. Fact.
  • by Parody Location: New Bern/Utopia on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    OMG!!! I will NEVER consider going to Wilmington to dine or shop again or consider sending my child there for school. That city is out of control!!! Who can forget that there were 2 students murdered by other students just a few years ago at UNCW? (Really, look it up). I will barricade myself in the safe sanctity and solitude of Xanadu (New Bern, NC)!!!
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