You may have gotten an email today from Campus Safety about being safe walking around campus. You may also be wondering why they might have sent this. There may be a reason. Conner Capshaw, a Campbell student, has reported being attacked on March 14 on the edge of campus. He is fine, but it is a situation that should not be taken lightly. Harnett County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the alleged incident. According to Capshaw…
“Last night [March 14] I was a victim of a bad crime. I was walking towards the gas station [short stop];I was almost to the Quiznos, when an older white SUV pulled up beside me asking for directions. I could not hear them too well so I stepped a little closer, and at that point the passenger of the vehicle reached out and grabbed me. I hit him in the face and pushed back, but someone had gotten out of the back at this point and hit me in the head from behind. When I woke up, I was laying on the ground on the side of some back street with my hands taped together behind my back. My legs were taped at the ankles, and tape across my mouth. The money in my pocket was gone. Luckily I was able to break the tape from my legs and make it to a house where the rest of the restraints were removed, and I was able to call 911. So everyone be on the lookout for a vehicle fitting this description, (they were too old to be campbell students). Also, be careful at night around campus, travel in groups, and be safe. Please spread the wored and share this with your friends so that we can prevent thiis from happening again.” –Conner Capshaw
Campus Safety reported the incident as first degree kidnapping, common law robbery, and simple physical assault.
There have been other students around campus who have been approached by suspicious vehicles late at night. The person’s in the vehicle have asked questions such as “Are you lost? Do you need food?”. The point of the message is to warn everyone, that while we often feel safe, there are dangers. Be careful, walk in groups, stay in light, and report suspicious activity.
Written by: Marisa Linton