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Students are urged to use caution and take safeguards for personal safety after an early-morning, off-campus robbery Sunday on University Drive.
A 21-year-old female student walking alone near Stromboliâs at approximately 2:30 a.m. was robbed at gunpoint by an assailant described as a black male. Her purse and all identification were stolen, but she was unharmed.
This marks the second incident within a week in the University Drive area, although the first did not involve a student.
âWe cannot overemphasize the need to be vigilant in taking every precaution for safety,â said Thomas Bourgeois, MSU Dean of Students. âIt is never a good idea to walk or jog alone, especially during hours when it is dark and deserted,â he said.
âWe remind students that the MSU Police provides a âBully Patrolâ to escort students after dark to any location on campus. For those off campus, we urge that you have a âbuddyâ drive you safely to your destination if you must be out late.â
The MSU Police Department is assisting with the investigation and urges anyone with information to call 662-325-2121 or Starkville Police Department at 662-323-4131.