TTU police still searching for attempted carjacking suspect

Published: Feb. 22, 2016 at 1:24 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:41 PM CST
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Provided by: Texas Tech University Police

At approximately 7:28 PM on Sunday, February 21, 2016 the Texas Tech Police Department received a 911 call and dispatched officers to investigate an Aggravated Robbery.  A female student reported she was approached in a parking lot on the east side of Horn Hall by a black male armed with a handgun.  The male demanded that she exit and give him her vehicle.  The victim began screaming and hit the male in the head with her hand.  The male took the female's purse and car keys and ran to a vehicle which was occupied by three additional black males.  The suspect vehicle then left the area and was last seen traveling north bound.

The Lubbock Police Department was notified as the suspect vehicle was believed to have left the campus.

SUSPECT INFORMATION

Black male, armed with handgun, wearing a hoodie Three additional black males, unknown further description

Vehicle: Blue Cavalier 4 Door / Non-Tinted windows FOLLOW UP INFORMATION

The Texas Tech Police Department issued a TechALERT to all members of the campus community.

A second female student then contacted the police department to report she was walking outside of Gordon Hall at approximately 6:30PM when a vehicle matching the suspect description stopped in front of her.  The vehicle was being driven by a black male.  A black male passenger exited the vehicle and told her to get in the car.  After she refused and hurried from the area the male passenger re-entered the vehicle and it drove away.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Texas Tech Police Department and the Lubbock Police Department continue to investigate.

Persons who may have witnessed activity related to this incident are encouraged to contact the Texas Tech Police Department at 806-742-3931, the Lubbock Police Department at 806-775-2865, or Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

The Texas Tech Police Department cannot currently confirm there is a continuing threat to the campus community. However, campus residents are encouraged to remain vigilant of their surroundings and to immediately report suspicious activity by utilizing emergency blue phones, calling 9-911 from campus landlines, 911 from cellular phones, or for non-emergencies by calling 806-742-3931 or 806-743-2000.

Sydney Stafford picked up her friend from Horn Hall Sunday evening to take her to bible study.

We had just been there like 20 minutes earlier, Stafford said. We had just passed right between what had happened.

When Stafford received the alert from police about the aggravated robbery, she was afraid to drop her friend back off.

I sat here and locked my car when she got out, she said, and I watched her get into her dorm, just to make sure she got there safe.

Texas Tech police interviewed witnesses at the scene, but have made no arrests.

We can adjust where we are, said TTU police chief Kyle Bonath. We have both marked and unmarked units whenever any type of activity that causes concern happens on or close to campus.

Darrius Knox, a Texas Tech student, said he is thankful for the emergency call centers placed throughout campus. He just hopes police will be able to find the four suspects responsible for the assaults.

It was very frightening, Knox said. I was at the library when I received the call and then I saw that it was at Horn Hall, and so it was very close by to the library. I didnt even realize it was that close.