Atlanta, GA (CBS46)
Many students are at Morehouse College are walking in groups after two carjackings happened in the last day around the school. Wednesday morning's carjacking marked the third in 7 days in the Atlanta University Center where students have been carjacked at gunpoint.
"They do give us tips on how to prevent it," said Alexis Prescott, a sophomore at Spelman College. "I just wish it didn't happen as often because I know people who have been affected by crime in the area," she added
Kimani Carter and his friends say they aren't afraid, but they're cautious especially as freshmen. "I think walking in groups is I guess a deterrent for people to approach us and potentially start something," Carter told CBS46.
"Our residential hall had a meeting the other day about it and they mentioned that there was a second carjacking the other day," said freshman Morehouse College student, David Barefield. "They were telling us to travel in groups and try to stay inside during the night and make sure we know where we are because we are still new to the area."
Atlanta Police say in two of the incidents multiple men have driven up to students who were in their cars. The men have approached the student drivers with guns drawn and ordered them out of their vehicles. One armed man simply walked up on foot and carjacked a student.
Many of the incidents have occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning officers were just blocks away when it happened again.
The first incident happened on Westview Drive a week ago. The second happened Tuesday morning on Founders Drive. The latest on Joseph E Lowery Blvd.
"We are looking at the possibility of these being related. These all occurred within a mile of each other," said Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee.
Morehouse Police Chief Valerie Dalton said in a statement:
"We have asked Atlanta Police to increase community surveillance and patrols in the area.
Some of our students are spending late hours in the AUC’s Robert W. Woodruff library as they study for midterm exams. We caution them to be aware of their surroundings and to call the APD if they see anything suspicious as they walk to their cars and drive home to their apartment buildings.
Morehouse College police will also increase patrols along the boundaries of the campus to keep watch over students returning to their residence halls at night. We will remain vigilant during this investigation and keep in close contact with the APD until these suspects are apprehended."
Chafee says the police department has put out undercover officers, unmarked vehicles, tactical units, SWAT, APEX resources to increase their presence.
"These acts are unacceptable and we are going to do everything that we can to get these people of the streets," Chafee said.
Atlanta Police released a statement Thursday stating they do not believe any of these incidents are related, or are being committed by the same individuals.
They say they have developed promising leads in at least one of the cases, and anticipate making an arrest soon.
Copyright 2018 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.