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Arrest near Patterson

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Cassie Gibbs
News Editor

Troy University Police made an arrest on Troy University’s campus Monday Sept 15.

According to an email sent by Herbert Reeves, dean of student services, the 20-yr-old male suspect was located on campus with a group of individuals, near the Trojan Center after being seen walking along George Wallace Drive near campus.

The police approached the suspect and asked for identification. The suspect initially gave the police a state ID, then snatched it and ran from police.

The suspect was pursued from the TC to Patterson Hall, where the suspect was finally caught near the south side of the building.

The suspect was identified and arrested for attempting to elude the police and for an outstanding warrant for the misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

The suspect was transferred to Troy City Police custody.

The city police were not able to release the name of the suspect because the suspect could be tried as a youthful offender.

According to the university’s standards of conduct, having identification is mandatory for anyone on Troy’s campus.

The standards of conduct states: “The card must be carried at all times while the student is on campus and presented to any university official or duly constituted authority upon request. Refusal to identify oneself to an official of the university or any misuse of the ID card constitutes grounds for serious disciplinary action.”

Herbert Reeves, dean of student services, said that everyone should be aware of what is going on around his or herself.

“Just be aware of your surroundings when you go out,” Reeves said.

Reeves recently sent out an email to Troy students and faculty giving tips to have better personal safety.

Reeves said in the email:

  1. Know your campus. Familiarize yourself with the services offered and where things are located on your campus.
  2. Don’t talk to strangers. Our parents admonished us, we remind our students to be suspicious of people who they don’t know. If you are unsure about talking with a person, just walk away.
  3. Lock your doors. This works whether it’s your car, your dorm room or an off-campus home or apartment. Lock up, and don’t open the door for anyone you do not know.
  4. Maintain “positive control.” Keep your personal items out of sight, in a secured location or with you at all times. Leaving items unattended invites problems.
  5. Use the “Buddy System.” Don’t go alone. Go in groups, or pairs when you’re out and about.
  6. Happy Trails. When you are going out for the evening, a weekend or just across town, let someone else know where you are going, with whom and when to expect you back. Let that person know when you change your plans.
  7. Stay “Eyes On.” Report suspicious persons or situations to police immediately. If

you need to, dial 911. Stay alert and aware of your immediate environment. If you feel threatened in any way, call 911.

Reeves said that by making personal safety a priority, “we can partner to make the TROY experience even better.”