A nighttime robbery rattles CNU students

A nighttime robbery rattles CNU students

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    A nighttime robbery rattles CNU students

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    A nighttime robbery rattles CNU students

    By CATHY GRIMES | 247-4758
    3:37 PM EST, December 5, 2008

    NEWPORT NEWS - An armed robbery on the Christopher Newport University's east campus shook up students during their last week of classes. It was the second robbery reported in less than two weeks on the campus.

    According to a report posted on CNU's campus alert Web site, cnualert.info, two men approached a student at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night in the parking lot in front of Madison Hall across Warwick Boulevard from the main campus. One man brandished a hand gun and demanded the victim's wallet. "When the men fled, a shot was fired, though not at anyone.

    The suspects were last observed heading toward the University Suites Apartment complex," the statement reported. The two suspects are described as black males, approximately 20 to 30 years old, wearing black pants and black hoodies. One wore a doo rag. They were described as being 6 feet, 2 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches in height. One was listed as weighing about 185 pounds, while the other's weight was estimated as 225 pounds.

    CNU police are working with the Newport News Police Department on the robbery and another that occurred on Nov. 23 near the Barclay Apartments, which are located behind the CNU Village complex on Warwick Boulevard.

    In a message sent to students at 2:14 p.m. Friday afternoon, CNU President Paul Trible said there was a security guard on the East Campus when the incident occurred and six campus police officers were on duty. "Within minutes of this incident being reported, Newport News police and canine units also arrived on the scene," Trible said.

    Trible said warnings were posted on the doors of residence halls and other buildings. But students said they did not receive emergency notification of the incident until 10:30 Friday morning, more than 12 hours after the robbery. Trible said he has directed that notification be sent through the campus's multiple notification systems as soon as possible if such an incident occurs in the future.

    Students are frightened, said a student who lives in the CNU apartments across Warwick Boulevard from the main campus. The student, who asked not to be identified for fear of being targeted, said students have been harassed and beaten and cars have been burglarized on the East Campus. Students also said they believed crime had increased in the past year. But CNU Police Chief Jeff Brown said there has been no upsurge in crime, but the two robberies and the gunshot rattled students. His department is extending the security patrols of the campus from sunset to sunrise and he has assigned a patrol officer to the east campus in addition to those who routinely patrol the area. Two security officers also will cover the area in "a highly visible marked golf cart."

    "We're going to do things more aggressively after last night," Brown said.

    Student residence halls and apartment buildings are supposed to be locked 24-hours, seven-days-a-week and only accessible with a security card, but Brown said students often leave the doors open for pizza delivery or for smoking breaks.

    "We're being more vigilant in trying to re-secure the buildings," he said. But students said the Barclay Apartments, set back from Warwick Boulevard, are older and keys are used for entry rather than security cards. They want CNU officials to change the key-lock system to one that uses security cards.

    In a message sent via the campus security notification system, Dean of Students Kevin Hughes urged students to be careful. "I want you to also take some personal responsibility for your own safety," Hughes wrote. "Travel in groups. … If you must travel alone, security escorts are available."

    Hughes asked students to avoid shortcuts and being alone after dark and to put the campus emergency dispatch phone number, 594-7777, on their cell phone speed dial list. Brown said the number provides a faster response than calling 9-1-1.

    "If a student dials 9-1-1, it gets forwarded to the campus police," Brown explained. "We lose time."


    Brown seconded Hughes' request that students avoid walking alone and call the dispatch center for escorts. "It's a scary thing. No one wants to be victimized," Brown said.

    CNU officials and law enforcement recommend the following for students as they finish the semester:

    Don't walk alone after dark. Travel in groups.

    Always be aware of your surroundings. Some students talk on their cell phones while walking after dark, but should be extra vigilant.

    Don't take shortcuts after dark or alone.

    If you must walk somewhere alone after dark, call for an escort.

    If you suspect a crime, witness a crime or need an escort, call 594-7777.

    Want to know what crimes have been committed at CNU? Visit the Police Department Web site: University Police | Christopher Newport University. Click on the Criminal Incident Log on the left side of the home page. The site also lists CNU's annual report required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. All crimes that occur on campus property must be reported to the U.S. Department of Education each year.
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    Wow! Talk about help...
    Dial 911 and it will be transfered to the Campus Police who immediately respond in a 'highly visible, marked golf cart'. I bet that sends chills through the spines of the local BG's.


    Hey man, I'm hanging around the golf carts, me too!


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    Student..."Help, I'm being robbed."

    Operator..."I'm sending help right now, they should be there by Monday."
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    I don't understand. Aren't guns banned from school grounds?!?
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    Hrm. Back in another life I went to CNU, and I parked in that satellite lot behind the old school (I think they may have put a building there now so that may not be the same lot from the story). I frequently walked back from my car after dark.

    The walk always creeped me out...everytime I did it the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up and I was looking at every shadow.

    I walked through the police lot on the way back. I don't think a 'highly visible golf cart' would help much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock30SF View Post
    I don't understand. Aren't guns banned from school grounds?!?
    Actually in VA the law only prohibits them on elementary, middle and high school grounds. Colleges and university's set their own policy.

    In a message sent to students at 2:14 p.m. Friday afternoon, CNU President Paul Trible said there was a security guard on the East Campus when the incident occurred and six campus police officers were on duty. "Within minutes of this incident being reported, Newport News police and canine units also arrived on the scene," Trible said.
    Once again, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

    The suspects were last observed heading toward the University Suites Apartment complex," the statement reported. The two suspects are described as black males, approximately 20 to 30 years old, wearing black pants and black hoodies. One wore a doo rag. They were described as being 6 feet, 2 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches in height. One was listed as weighing about 185 pounds, while the other's weight was estimated as 225 pounds.
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    They're "rattled." Not able to defend themselves ... but, rattled. One would hope this is a sign they're thinking a little about the threats and alternatives, but somehow I doubt it. Same ol', same ol'.
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