Students on high alert after crimes at 3 local universities - WKRN News 2

Students on high alert after crimes at 3 local universities

Posted: Updated: Sep 20, 2013 10:17 PM

It's been a busy week of crime at three Middle Tennessee universities. 

After four violent acts at three different campuses, students remain on heightened alert.

On Friday, News 2 broke the story of a flasher exposing himself to a student near Belmont University's campus Thursday morning.  The student ran, while the man disappeared. 

Also on Thursday at Middle Tennessee State University's campus in Murfreesboro, two men are accused of robbing a female student at gunpoint.

Early Wednesday morning Vanderbilt police reported two robberies within minutes of each other.

While police continue to search for the two suspects connected to the armed robberies on Vanderbilt's campus, businesses and patrons near the campus say the rash of violence concerns them.

"These are tough times and a lot of things are happening these days, and robberies and things like that are occurring all over the place.  I'm observant of where I am, I rather give up my wallet then to lose my life.  So if somebody robs me, I'm not going to die over it," Mike Hearington said.

Shaylee Simeome of Edgehill Cafe added, "Students don't feel safe leaving the dorms because they come here and study all the time.  So if you don't feel safe, they're it going to come and we don't get as much business."

A Vanderbilt spokesperson said there will be extra police presence around campus and the West End area over the weekend.

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