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Update: Description of suspect in armed robbery reported on ETSU campus

March 26th, 2014 3:30 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Description of suspect in armed robbery reported on ETSU campus

Two East Tennessee State University students robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning on campus told police they were ordered to empty their pockets and walk away.

It happened around 1 a.m. as Matthew Christopher Sigmon, 20, and Jessee Chandler Capps, 19, were walking back to their dorm from Cookout on State of Franklin Road.

According to documents released by ETSU, the men told police they were walking on the sidewalk between Wilson Hall and Lamb Hall when they heard a voice from behind order them to stop.

The victims turned around and saw a black man, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, around 125 to 150 pounds holding a gun down by his side. The suspect was wearing a gray hoodie, white cap, white lace-up tennis shoes and baggy jeans. He also had a scruffy beard and mustache, the victims told police.

Sigmon and Capps told officers the suspect seemed nervous and his voice was shaky as he ordered them to empty their pockets.

“After our things were on the ground, the man said for us to turn around and start walking,” Sigmon told police. The alleged robber got away with the men’s wallets, cash and other items.

ETSU spokesman Joe Smith said campus public safety responded to the incident and Johnson City police are assisting in the investigation.

A city K-9 unit responded and tried to track the suspect as well, he said.

“We activated the emergency alert system,” to make students aware of the incident, Smith said.

The alert urged students to “take precautions.”

Keep checking for more details on this developing story.


East Tennessee State University leaders issued a campus alert around 2 a.m. Wednesday after an armed robbery was reported at the college.

According to the alert, the robbery occurred at 1:15 a.m. between Sam Wilson Hall and Lamb Hall. The suspect is described as a black male with white tennis shoes and a gray hoodie.  A Johnson City police K-9 unit assisted during the investigation.

University spokesman Joe Smith said there were two victims in the robbery and the suspect took their wallets. 

The alert urged students to "take precautions."

Keep checking for more details on this developing story.

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