Series of armed robberies
An armed robbery of two campus visitors on Feb. 7 was the first time this
year that violent crime has occurred on campus. The victims of the crime
had attended the opening of the Carlos Museum exhibition, "Discovery
and Deceit: Archaeology and the Forger's Craft." They were approached
by two males at 9:30 p.m. as they went to their car in the B. Jones lot,
near the Jones Center. The victims described the robbers as black males
about 17 years old; one was 6'1" and the other was about 5'8".
They took cash and the couple's automobile, which was later recovered.
near campus hit home
Since mid January, there have been four armed robberies in the neighborhood
"Emory has never been immune from crime or the impact of crime in the
local community," said Ray Edge, assistant chief. "But we've always
had a much lower rate of violent crime. With these armed robberies around
us and now one on campus, this increase in frequency concerns us that a
trend may be developing."
- Jan. 16, 3:45 p.m.; armed robbery of the Supercuts hair salon in Emory
- Jan. 18, 7:47 p.m.; armed robbery at Eckerd Drugs at Sage Hill;
- Jan. 26, 9:49 p.m.; armed robbery at McDonalds on North Decatur Road;
- Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m.; armed robbery at NationsBank on North Decatur Road.
Edge was quick to note that this increase in armed robberies has to be put
in context of trends in DeKalb County. According to Chuck Johnson, public
information officer for the DeKalb County Police, the number of armed robberies
in the county has remained fairly flat for the past five years: in 1994
there were 2,002; in 1995 there were 1,718; and in 1996 there were 2,064;
the 20 percent increase in armed robberies in 1996 followed a 15 percent
decrease from 1994 to 1995. "This may be just a spurt; we've had these
spurts before and then everything will go back to normal. It's too soon
to tell if this is part of a trend or not," said Edge.
The Emory Police review calendars of upcoming campus events so they can
be a visible presence before and after the events. "With some things,
like Evening at Emory classes, which are so spread out, it's impossible
for us to be everywhere at once," said Craig Watson, chief of the Emory
Police. Campus groups who sponsor evening events may notify the Emory Police
of the time they expect their event to end and the number of visitors they
expect. The Campus Escort Service is available from dusk to dawn by calling
"Education is a big part of what we're doing; teaching people how to
protect themselves," said Watson. "We want to work with the community
to provide the services that meet the needs of the community."
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