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Update: Johnson City police investigate armed robbery similar to one on ETSU campus

October 14th, 2013 10:13 am by Staff Report

Update: Johnson City police investigate armed robbery similar to one on ETSU campus


East Tennessee State University officials issued a campus safety alert early this morning after a student reported that he was robbed at gunpoint in a campus parking lot.

Another robbery took place later in the morning in south Johnson City, police said, and descriptions from both incidents were similar.

The 21-year-old student, Allen Scott Daniels, told campus police two men robbed him as he stood next to his vehicle in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments around 12:30 a.m.

The robbers were last seen leaving campus in a dark red or maroon car toward University Parkway.

In a report, campus police said Daniels parked his vehicle under a street light,  took some belongings to his dormitory and returned to his vehicle. He placed his computer bag and backpack containing a game system and game cards on the vehicle's roof.

He told police a dark red or maroon car with five people inside entered the lot and stopped next to his vehicle. Two white men got out from each side of the back seat. Both wore dark clothing and had shirts covering their heads.

One pointed a revolver at him and told him to get on his knees, while the other pointed a handgun at him. Daniels complied and one of the men took the backpack and laptop from atop the vehicle. They got back in the car, and the car left the parking lot on Southwest Avenue toward University Parkway.

The student told police he believed the other three people in the car were men, and the third occupant of the back seat had a gray cloth covering his face.

ETSU issued a campus safety alert about 1:45 a.m., advising students and others on campus to take necessary precautions.

Johnson City police also worked an armed robbery about 2 a.m. today on Plymouth Road near South Roan Street. The description of the robbers and their vehicle were similar to those from the student's account of the campus robbery, campus police said.

In a report, Johnson City police said Kevin L. Baldwin, 32, told police he was walking across the bridge on Plymouth toward South Roan when a dark red Honda, possibly an Accord, drove by and turned onto South Roan. The car turned around, came toward him and stopped.

A white man wearing a red shirt got out the rear passenger seat. He held a black revolver with a suppressor to Baldwin's head and searched him, taking his cell phone, headphones, Social Security card and a Walmart gift card. Another passenger seated in the back middle seat slid over and pointed a gun at him.

The man in the red shirt got back in the car, which left toward Swadley Road.

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Update posted at 9:21 a.m.:

East Tennessee State University officials issued a campus safety alert around early this morning after a student reported that he was robbed at gunpoint in a campus parking lot.


Another robbery took place later in the morning in south Johnson City, police said, and descriptions from both incidents were similar.


The 21-year-old student, whose name has not been released, told campus police two men robbed him as he stood next to his vehicle in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments around 12:30 a.m.


The robbers were last seen leaving campus in a maroon car toward University Parkway.


In a report, campus police said the student parked his vehicle under a street light,  took some belongings to his dormitory and returned to his vehicle. He placed his computer bag and backpack containing a game system and game cards on the vehicle's roof.


He told police a dark red or maroon car with five people inside entered the lot and stopped next to his vehicle. Two white men got out from each side of the back seat. Both wore dark clothing and had shirts covering their heads.


One pointed a revolver at him and told him to get on his knees, while the other pointed a handgun at him. He complied and one of the men took the backpack and laptop from atop the vehicle. They got back in the car, and the car left the parking lot on Southwest Avenue toward University Parkway.


The student told police he believed the other three people in the car were men, and the third occupant of the back seat had a gray cloth covering his face.


According to the campus police report, Johnson City police also worked an armed robbery about 2 a.m. today on Plymouth Road near South Roan Street. The description of the robbers and their vehicle were similar to those from the student's account of the campus robbery.


ETSU issued a campus safety alert about 1:45 a.m., advising students and others on campus to take necessary precautions.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they become available.

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Earlier report posted at 6:21 a.m.:

East Tennessee State University officials issued a campus safety alert around 1:45 a.m. today after an armed robbery in a parking lot near some university apartments.

According to the university's website, the robbery took place in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments along Southwest Avenue at 12:37 a.m. The robbers were last seen leaving campus toward University Parkway.

ETSU spokesman Joe Smith said two white men with guns were involved and had shirts over their faces. They left campus in a maroon car, which also had other people inside.

The alert advised students and others on campus to take necessary precautions.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they become available.

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