April 29, 2013 10:01:52 AM
Carl Smith - [email protected]
Local authorities are still searching for two persons of interest after a Saturday night armed robbery at Mississippi State University.
MSU began operating under emergency conditions after a victim was robbed in a small parking lot near the campus Burger King. The incident occurred at 10:37 p.m., and a Maroon Alert was issued at 11:01 p.m.
A second alert issued at 11:28 p.m. reported two black males wearing dark clothing were seen fleeing east toward Campus Trails apartments, a complex located within Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.
No injuries were reported from the incident. MSU officials would not comment on the victim's identity - whether that person was a male or female student -- or what, if anything, was taken.
MSU University Relations Director Sid Salter said campus police officers responded to the scene within two minutes of the incident. Salter alluded to a joint MSUPD-OCSD investigation since the incident took place on campus and the individuals fled into the county apartment complex.
An OCSD dispatcher confirmed deputies were in the 21 Apartments area, an apartment complex near Campus Trails, Saturday night but did not comment on whether they were actively looking for suspects.
OCSD Commander Brett Watson confirmed deputies were on the lookout for the persons of interest Sunday but could not comment any further on the active investigation.
MSU's Crisis Action Team, a response unit comprised of various high-level campus department heads and advisors, was activated shortly after the incident, Salter said, and staffed by 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The group stayed active through the night.
Officials had no new updates Sunday afternoon on the investigation.
The university's operating status was downgraded to an advisory condition Sunday morning and remained so through the night.
"We feel like the situation is under control as the investigation continues," Salter said early Sunday morning.
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch