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Miss. State police investigate strong-arm robbery


Tim Pratt



STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University police seek more information about a weekend robbery reported on Monday.  


An MSU student reported that Friday night at about 10 p.m., two black males accosted him on East Lee Boulevard near Cobb Institute of Archaeology.  


After saying one of them had a knife, the assailants walked the student to their vehicle near Critz residence hall. After forcing the student inside their vehicle, the men robbed him and then dropped him off near apartments on Locksley Way.  


The assailants are described as two black men, one with a large build and the other with a small build. No additional information was released. 


"We ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the MSU police department," said Dean of Students Thomas Bourgeois. MSU Police continue to investigate the incident, he said.  


"We remind students to be conscious of their surroundings, to lock the doors of vehicles even when traveling on campus, and to report suspicious circumstances to the MSU Police," Bourgeois said.  


To report any information related to this incident, contact MSU police at 662-325-2121.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment Wow commented at 4/28/2010 10:58:00 AM:

First of all, I'm just glad the young man wasn't hurt, that situation could have turned out a lot worse. MSU better step it up and do whatever it takes to keep these kids safe. More lighting, more officers patrolling at night...something!


Article Comment Paladin commented at 4/28/2010 11:20:00 AM:

2 things...

First, It is always disappointing that I hear about Starkville/MSU news through a Columbus-based news organization. I don't subscribe to paper news, but SDN's website doesn't mention this. It has the worst excuse for a news website.

Second, I think MSUPD do a great job. MSU is one of the most covered & protected areas I can think of - universities or otherwise. They can't protect you all of the time. Sure, extra lighting in certain areas would be nice, but it takes some personal responsibility too... which brings me to my final point:

Learn how to avoid these situations. Notice your surroundings. Have a plan and NEVER go with someone to their car - and NEVER EVER get in their car. You have a much better chance of survival to resist or flee than if you get in the car. Once you do get in their car, you belong to them! Others won't be able to see or hear you & goodness knows where you'll end up!

On a final note.... And I don't want to seem like I don't believe this guy, but something about this story doesn't add up.

Maybe those who were in favor of the bicycle helmet law should propose a new one. It could require us to wear puncture-proof vests, carry mace a flashlight and a whistle, and travel in groups of no less than 4. Just a thought.


Article Comment Paladin commented at 4/28/2010 11:22:00 AM:

ok, so I had more than one final point... and then a point after that. Give me a break. I'm typing this while driving past some of these dang renegade cyclists! Its not as easy as it looks.


Article Comment Clifton commented at 4/28/2010 11:47:00 AM:

Is that all for a description? Just "two black men, one with a large build and the other with a small build".

Was there no mention of the type, color, make of the car? What were the assailants wearing, distinguishing features?

Or is this all the Police are releasing at this time?


Article Comment my2cents commented at 4/29/2010 8:29:00 AM:

This story is now updated and they are saying the young man had filed a false report.
Copied from the website on MSU -
" As a result, the unnamed student now is being charged with filing a false police report, said Thomas Bourgeois, the university's dean of students.

The student had told investigators that he was abducted and robbed by two men Friday night [April 23] near Cobb Institute of Archaeology on Lee Boulevard.

"Filing a false report is a serious charge," Bourgeois said, adding that conviction can result in up to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.

He said false reports are dangerous to the general campus population because they unnecessarily can divert valuable police resources, among other reasons.

"We treat false reports as seriously as we treat crime reports," Bourgeois said.

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