Student cut during attempted robbery on U of L campus
Students at the University of Louisville are unsettled after a student assault on campus Tuesday evening.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students at the University of Louisville are unsettled after a student assault on campus Tuesday evening.
"I have to walk to my car by myself, so that makes me a little nervous,” U of L graduate student Lacee Pyles said.
University Police say around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a male student was jumped by an unknown black male wearing dark clothing near the intramural fields behind the Speed School of Engineering.
"His wallet was demanded. He decided he was not going to give up his wallet, and a struggle ensued,” U of L Assistant Police Chief Kenny Brown said.
The university says the attacker pulled out a small knife during the scuffle, and the student's leg was cut. The suspect got away without the student's wallet.
University Police were called about 90 minutes later. An alert was sent out to students around 9:45 p.m., calling the incident an attempted robbery.
"We're reviewing any cameras that might be in the area and just following up on any leads that we can come up with,” Brown said.
Some engineering students say they're uneasy.
"It makes us nervous here, especially since being engineers we're here all the time, we're here late at night putting in a lot of work,” senior Cameron Hughes said.
"It's kind of worrisome," senior Aaron Fegenbush added. "We're always over in this building, and we're walking back 10, 11 at night most of the time. So it's kind of scary."
University Police will be increasing patrols in the busy area of campus. The department also has some tips for students concerned for their safety.
"We always have the escort service which any student, especially if they fear for their safety," Brown said. "We always encourage people to travel in pairs or groups if they're going someplace, which is very good. Our officers do routinely patrol back in that area."
The injured student found his own transportation to Suburban Hospital where he was treated and released.
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