Man robbed on Vanderbilt’s campus; 2nd robbery investigated nearby

The vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV with tinted windows, was seen leaving the area on Natchez Trace. (Courtesy: Vanderbilt University Police)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Emergency alerts were sent to the Vanderbilt University campus Monday night after two armed robberies were reported.

The first robbery was reported just after 9 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium on Jess Neely Drive.

The 19-year-old victim reported he felt a tug on his backpack. Upon turning around, the victim said a black male around 6 feet tall with dreadlocks and a black cloth over his face was pointing a gun at him.

The vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV with tinted windows, was seen leaving the area on Natchez Trace. (Courtesy: Vanderbilt University Police)
The vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV with tinted windows, was seen leaving the area on Natchez Trace. (Courtesy: Vanderbilt University Police)

The suspect took the victim’s backpack with his laptop inside.

Police said the suspect fled to a waiting SUV, described as a 2000s model Chevrolet Suburban, that was waiting at the tunnel entrance to the stadium.

About 20 minutes later, a second robbery was reported in the area of 24th Avenue North and Elliston Place, not far from campus.

Police said a 29-year-old woman was approached at gunpoint by a passenger in an SUV who demanded her purse.

The woman was walking on the sidewalk behind Logan’s Roadhouse when the robbery occurred.

She complied and the robber immediately ran back to the SUV.

The Vanderbilt community was alerted around 9:50 p.m. Monday they could “resume normal activity.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the robber and his accomplice is urged to call the Vanderbilt Police Department at 615-322-2745 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Vanderbilt officials told News 2 Tuesday of the safety measures they have on campus.

“Our residence halls have controlled access. We have emergency phones that when the emergency button is pressed, automatically dial the Vanderbilt Police Communications Center; these phones are located throughout our campus. We also use a system of security cameras and provide education and awareness programs for students. Recently, we added the SafeVU app, which allows users to connect directly from their cell phones to the Vanderbilt University Police Department,” they said.

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