Updated: Rome Police investigating armed robbery report at Shorter Sunday evening. “Give me the money or I’ll shoot you.” Shorter “has increased on-campus security.”

Updated: Rome Police investigating armed robbery report at Shorter Sunday evening. “Give me the money or I’ll shoot you.” Shorter “has increased on-campus security.”

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Shorter’s courtyard and fountain. File photo

 

Rome Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery on the Shorter University campus on Sunday evening. The victim tells police about being approached by a man who was looking for payment for marijuana just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Rome Police report:

Officers were sent to Roberts Hall at Shorter University just before 6 p.m. to investigate 911 reports of an armed robbery. The victim says the robber – armed with a handgun — demanded his phone and fled on foot.

The victim said he was walking down the hall toward the stairwell when he was approached by a man who said, “Where is the weed money?” The victim asked him who he was looking for, saying he didn’t know what he was talking about. At that point, the suspect lifted up the front of his shirt, exposing what appeared to be the handle of a revolver, and said, “Give me the money or I’ll shoot you.”

The victim again said he didn’t know what the man was talking about. At that point, the suspect pulled out the revolver, pointed it at the victim and took his iPhone 6-plus and fled.

The suspect is described as a white male, standing 5 feet 9 inches, weighing 170 pounds with tattoos on his right arm and wearing dark blue or black Dickies’ work pants and a had that had a pizza shop emblem on it.

Shorter University security staff was contacted and a request was made to view video footage from the dormitory. The security staff said the IT staff had access to the cameras and were off for the weekend — but added the would contact the IT staff, asking them to access the video. It was to be forward to Rome Police once available.

This marks the second or third time Rome Police have answered a call on Shorter’s campus within a week. Last Monday, officers were summoned to investigate a sexual battery and harassing communications complaint again university Vice President Corey Humphries, filed by one of his direct reports. Humphries has since resigned, we’re told. Rome Police, citing a conflict of interest, have turned the case over to the GBI.

Updated with comment from Shorter University:

“An incident occurred on campus Sunday evening where an individual threatened one of our students. Both Campus Safety and the Rome Police Department responded, and the Rome Police are investigating.
“The University has increased on-campus security and has contacted local law enforcement to request additional patrols. We are committed to the safety and security of our students.”

 

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