PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia State University student was robbed at gunpoint and then carjacked while on campus in broad daylight on Wednesday.
Officials with the school say that university police got a call for an armed robbery around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, the male victim reported to VSU Police that he had been robbed of his keys at gunpoint. The suspect reportedly stole the victim’s car and fled the area.
Officials described the stolen vehicle as a 1999 burgundy Lincoln Continental with Virginia license plate XBR-1551.
A few students told 8News reporter Claudia Rupcich that they received a text alert about the incident yesterday afternoon — and many others didn’t even know it happened at all.
Students like Jontaya Williams say more can be done to keep VSU safe. She says she’d like to see more officers on campus, and not just in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“I don’t understand how something like that could have happened,” Williams said. “I guess that’s kind of scary, especially in broad daylight… that someone can just walk on campus and take my car or take anything that’s on me… I definitely hope security tightens up.”
“It’s scary, but there’s really nothing more we can do about it,” another student, Monique Gary said. “They spread the word so I guess that’s the best that they can do.”
Chesterfield and Petersburg Police are helping campus police in the investigation.
Stay with 8News for the latest updates on this developing story.