Belmont security increases patrols after teens attempt to rob student sitting in car

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Belmont campus security is increasing patrols after two teens tried to rob a student sitting in his car near campus Tuesday afternoon. The suspects are still on the loose.

After finishing up her 5:30-9:30 p.m. class Tuesday night, Belmont student Angie Aldredge saw an email from campus security about an attempted robbery.

"It was definitely a little nerve-wracking, because regardless of the incident, if you get a security notice from your campus, it's going to be a little nerve-wracking,” Aldredge said.

Aldredge’s car was parked near the crime, but she was able to get home safe. Still, she said this crime isn’t typical for Belmont.

The numbers show it too. According to the university’s online crime report, from 2015 to 2017, there were no reported robberies at Belmont.

"This really was unique to us in a lot of ways, we don't have a lot of crime here at Belmont,” Belmont Chief of Campus Security Pat Cunningham said.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Cunningham said two teens were walking up to cars near campus, asking people for fundraising donations.

When the first person they asked turned them down, officials said they moved onto a nearby car.

When that student also refused, authorities said they got aggressive, and tried to pull him out of the car. They also reportedly showed what looked like a fake plastic gun spray-painted silver.

That’s when the first victim yelled at the suspects and they ran off.

No one was hurt, and both students called police.

Even with increased security from both Belmont and Metro Police, Cunningham is still asking students to stay alert.

“We just ask them to be attentive for things that could affect their security: head up, not looking down at your phone, not be distracted, so they have that opportunity to identify in advance if something looks like it may be suspicious, and they have the opportunity to get to a safe place and then call,” Cunningham said.

Advice that Aldredge is also taking seriously.

“I’ll start taking more personal precautions, maybe getting some pepper spray, maybe a small little taser for my purse, but Belmont security tends to do really well, and it’s a very well-lit campus,” Aldredge said.

Police are still looking at surveillance footage from campus, and nearby houses. Cunningham said they are also testing fingerprints from the victim’s car.

The suspects were described by police as black men: one man was 5’10, 150 lbs. wearing a black hoodie and jeans. The other man was 6’0 wearing a black and red sweatshirt with jeans. Both are believed to be in their late teens

Please report any suspicious behavior to Campus Security at 615 460-6911.

Important Belmont Security Numbers:

Belmont Security non-emergency 615-460-6617

Belmont Security emergency 615-460-6911

Metro Nashville Police non-emergency 615-862-8600

Metro Nashville Police emergency 911

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