MTSU issues ‘timely warning’ after rep...

MTSU issues ‘timely warning’ after reported attempted robbery

MTSU Alert graphicMiddle Tennessee State University has issued a “timely warning”  after a report of an attempted robbery Thursday night, Nov. 13, on the university campus.

The following text comes from the university’s “Alert Updates” page, located at, which is part of the network of campuswide information sources linked to MTSU’s Rave Mobile Safety emergency notification system.

2:40 P.M., NOV. 14, 2014, MTSU TIMELY WARNING: On Nov. 13, 2014, at 9:03 p.m., Middle Tennessee State University Police received an attempted robbery complaint from a female student.

The victim stated that she was walking from the Honors Building to the Stark Agriculture Building earlier in the evening, when a male suspect attempted to take her phone and in the process grabbed her wrist. No weapon was used.

The incident occurred on the north side of the Stark Agriculture Building near the Cummings Hall parking lot. The victim dropped the phone, shattering it. The suspect ran away toward the Cummings Hall parking lot.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds, with a skinny build. He was wearing a gray jacket with a hood, jeans and red Air Jordan sneakers.

If anyone has any information about this individual or have knowledge of this incident, they are urged to contact MTSU Police at 615-898-2424. If you have knowledge about this or any other crime, you may also contact CrimeStoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).

All students are encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and consider other personal safety tips found at the MTSU Police Department website, The website also has information about services offered by MTSU Police, including the Student Escort Program and the free MTSU Rave Guardian app, which turns a mobile phone into a “virtual escort” that connects directly to MTSU Police in case of emergency.

This timely warning notification is made in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Today’s notifications went automatically to all current  MTSU students, faculty and staff via email alerts from the Rave Mobile Safety system. When necessary, the campuswide alerts also include weather-related university scheduling changes, building closures and more.

MTSU students, faculty and staff who also want to receive text and/or voice alerts can click here, log in with a PipelineMT username and password to update their contact information. You also can find a link to information about the new Rave Guardian app for Android phones and iPhones there. (Rave Alert FAQs, including adding or changing contact information, are available here.)

When there’s not a situation on or near campus warranting emergency alerts, the “Alert Updates” page displays a generic message advising visitors to check back when necessary and to contact the MTSU Police Department if any suspicious activity is observed.

— Gina E. Fann (