A suspect carrying a black, four to five inch handgun confronted four female students on Sunday, January 18. The suspect was male, small build and about 5’ 7”. He was wearing dark clothing and a hoodie that covered his face, making his race and physical characteristics indeterminable.
None of the victims were injured and there is no threat of the suspect coming back to campus.
The first incident occurred at around 11:30 p.m., when two female students were approached. The suspect asked them if they had anything, and when they said they didn’t, he thanked them and ran north on Lovell.
The students called campus security, which then patrolled the scene for signs of the suspect. The suspect was about to approach another group of students, but when he saw the security vehicle he escaped the area. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety arrived on the scene with a K-9 unit about 5 minutes later.
The second incident took place later in the night, near Harmon Residence Hall, when two female students were approached and the suspect took a cellphone and five dollars. When security arrived, they saw the suspect running across West Main.
At around 1 a.m. on January 19th, police apprehended and detained a person that looked like a potential suspect, but he was released when determined not to be the suspect.
“People were doing what they were suppose to be doing,” said Eric Wimbley, Director of Security. “They were walking with other people and made the right calls.”
“This is the first documented time of a suspect on campus with hand gun,” said Wimbley.
He advises students to be cautious of strangers on campus and that they should call security if they see anything suspicious.