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Some VSU students not too concerned by latest armed robbery

The robbery occurred in the 1200 block of Williams St. The robbery occurred in the 1200 block of Williams St.
Bobbi McGraw Bobbi McGraw
Santiago Rodriguez Santiago Rodriguez
Monica Vandeventer Monica Vandeventer

Walking along the streets just off the VSU campus may be safe during the day, but for the second time in two and a half weeks an armed robbery has occurred at night on a street just off campus.

This time, police say a VSU student, 19 year old Camry Jones, was robbed at gunpoint in the 1200 block of Williams St. at approximately 9:40 Saturday night.

According to police, two men road up to her on bicycles, talked to her, left, and then one came back and demanded her phone. 

"She gave him the phone, but did not give him the pass code to use the phone," said Valdosta Police Department Cpt. Bobbi McGraw. "He kept demanding the pass code and at that time he pulled out a handgun."

The suspect got away with Jones's phone and book bag. Cpt. McGraw said the suspect never actually pointed the gun at Jones, but said that Jones told officers that she did feel intimidated. 

Santiago Rodriguez said the robbery isn't too concerning, but he said it does remind him to try to avoid walking around at night on the streets just off campus.

"I just tend to drive, stay in my car, lock my doors whenever I'm driving or make a stop," Rodriguez explained. "I don't tend to walk around at night for that same reason."

On September 3rd, 20 year old Kelly Proffitt was robbed at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. as she was walking into her home on Mary St. The two suspects are also accused of stealing her SUV. 

One suspect, a 16 year old, was caught a few minutes after the robbery occurred when police say the suspects crashed the SUV into a tree as they were fleeing from police. The second suspect, 18 year-old William David Casey White, was still on the run Monday. 

"Don't walk alone. Find you a partner," Cpt. McGraw emphasized.

Monica Vandeventer said the weekend robbery isn't overly concerning, but she also pointed out that these types of incidents are becoming common. "We got a lot of alerts last year, too," Vandeventer noted, "so I just was used to it. I wasn't shocked or anything from it."

Both men on the bicycles are described as black men in their early 20's. 

Police do have some leads that they are following up on, but anyone with any information is asked to call the Valdosta Police Department.

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