Assault Near Troy University Alerts Students

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

Students at Troy University's main campus are on alert after police say they believe a man assaulted a student off campus.

Investigators are still looking for a suspect.

Dean Herb Reeves says there has only been one other violent crime near Troy University in several years, and they're taking this investigation and students' safety very seriously.

“There is a danger out there,” says junior Derika James.

Sheriff Russell Thomas says a 20-year-old female student was at her home on Smith Street Monday night when a black male abducted her in her own car, taking her to County Road 7735.

"She stated that she had been beaten, stabbed and her car stolen,” said Thomas, "She was able to escape during the assault and the car was located about a mile away or about a quarter of a mile away from the residence where she had fled for help and a phone call was placed."

Authorities say an ambulance took her to the Troy Regional Medical Center before being transported to a hospital in Montgomery.

The university's been told she's in stable condition but requires surgery.

"This situation was very shocking, very devastating to all of us here at the university," said Reeves, "It's affected not only the family of the students but our university family, also."

Every student at Troy received an email. It told them what happened, to take precautions and to report any suspicious behavior to the authorities.

"If I saw some suspicious individual or suspicious activity I'd notify local law enforcement. If it frightened me or if I felt like it was an emergency I'd call 911, I wouldn't wait one second to call 911,” said Troy Police Sgt. Benny Scarborough.

James says she's not taking any chances, “We're all here on campus together. Some of us have to stay out late at night in computer labs.”

She says, “If they tell us more about exactly who he is I'll be sure to keep out for that person and warn my friends.”

Police are looking for a 6 foot tall black man who weighs about 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a toboggan.

Authorities say to contact the University Police, Troy City Police or the Sheriff's Office with anything suspicious.

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

The university is also offering counseling for any students affected by the crime. You can call the counseling office at 670-3700.

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