TCU Police are reminding students to be on alert both on and off campus especially at night as two separate reported incidents occurred this week.
A freshman female student was chased by an unidentified man at 3:00 a.m. Friday as she left Ed Landreth Auditorium, Detective Vicki Lawson of TCU Police said.
Lawson said the woman was walking toward Colby Hall with headphones on listening to music and carrying an instrument case. She was walking between Foster and Waits halls when she saw a man on the east side of Foster Hall.
The man started chasing the woman who headed toward an emergency phone, Lawson said. The woman said the man was within 20 to 30 feet of her when he stopped chasing her and she was able to reach the emergency phone. Police were dispatched immediately.
She was unable to hear if the man yelled anything at her while he chased her because she was wearing headphones and listening to music, Lawson said.
The woman described the man as a white male between 19 and 21 years of age, about 5-feet-10-inches wearing a gray hoodie and jeans, according to the crime alert sent out Friday morning.
Another female student notified the police of a separate incident that took place outside to Tandy and Dan Rogers Hall Tuesday evening.
The woman was walking toward her car parked in the 2700 W. Lowden parking lot when an unidentified male came up behind her and pushed what she assumed to be a knife against her back, she told police.
The man demanded her laptop, which she gave to him, and then he took off on-foot down Merida Ave, Lawson said.
TCU Police issued the following warnings in both crime alert emails.
Leave outside lights on at night and keep lights on in more than one room.
Secure all doors and windows
Before walking several blocks home from campus call for an escort.
Always lock your door when going to the rest room.
CALL CAMPUS POLICE FOR ESCORTS at 7777.
Keep car doors locked at all times; even if you are going into a place for a short time.
Always look in your back seat before entering your car.
Always have keys ready to unlock the car door and enter without delay. Never walk across the parking lot digging in your purse for your keys. Have them in your hand before leaving a building.
Always park in well lighted areas.
DO NOT WALK ALONE!
DO NOT JOG ALONE!
DO NOT ENTER YOUR RESIDENCE ALONE IF ANYTHING SEEMS SUSPICIOUS.
DO NOT PROP DOORS OR WINDOWS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
DO NOT EXIT YOUR VEHICLE WITHOUT BEING AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.