Mississippi State police are searching for a suspect in the reported mugging of a female student as she walked toward an off-campus apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.
The student was walking on a paved walkway leading from the parking areas north of Eckie’s Pond toward the privately-owned Campus Trails apartment complex located east of campus when she was approached about 3:30 p.m. by male who grabbed her, threatened her with a handgun and robbed her before fleeing on foot, MSU officials said in a statement Tuesday night.
The suspect was last seen running toward the Campus Trails complex, said MSU Police Department Sgt. Brad Massey, who is investigating the incident. Massey would not disclose what the suspect took from the victim.
The victim, whose name is not being released amid concerns for her safety, immediately went to her car and drove to the Starkville Police Department to initially report the robbery, Massey said.
Once it was determined where the incident occurred, the investigation was turned over to campus police about 5 p.m., and an investigation is ongoing, Massey said..
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male about 6 feet tall and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, not weighing between 200 and 220 pounds as previously released, said MSU Police Department Sgt. Brad Massey, who is investigating the incident.
The suspect was said to be wearing a long red T-shirt, dark baggy jeans, white tennis shoes, and a nylon black bandana.
The victim also told police she saw what she believed to be a tattoo on the left side of the suspect’s neck, but could not specify exactly what the tattoo depicted, Massey said.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect or has information about the robbery is encouraged to call the MSU Police Department at 325-2121 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.
MSU Dean of Students Thomas Bourgeois said anyone walking on campus should monitor their surroundings carefully, be cautious if walking alone even during daylight hours, and report suspicious incidents to the MSU Police Department.
The MSU Police Department provides a 24-hour, 7-day escort service for students and visitors to and from locations on campus.
“We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the MSU Police at 662-325-2121,” Bourgeois said.