Days after officials announced a joint task force to crack down on crime near the Atlanta University Center, two Morehouse College students were robbed at gunpoint Sunday. POWER 92.3 ATLANTA learned the two students were robbed by guests they had invited into their dormitory during homecoming weekend. Many students told Regan they are fed up with being preyed upon in and around campus. "I just feel like I'm unsafe in my own community," student Deprice Hunt said.
Police are looking for three men involved in the robbery. The victims said one of the men wore a red windbreaker and dark jeans and was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. A second was heavyset, about 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches, and had a bleached high-top fade hairstyle. The third wore all black and a fitted cap, according to police. POWER 92.3 ATLANTA has been following the string of violent crimes that have happened in the area since September. Student Geoffrey Willis was shot several times while trying to stop robbers from stealing his car. Another shooting left 19-year-old Clark Atlanta freshman Daeja Craddick paralyzed.
These types of crimes are the ones Atlanta police chief Erika Shields has said her department is intent on preventing. Shields told Regan she will assign additional tactical police units to the area, but said she needs the help of the courts to quit releasing repeat offenders. "We made an arrest for one of the Morehouse robberies, and the arrestee had 11 arrest cycles and one was a convicted felon with a firearm," she said. Students told Regan they welcome the stepped up police presence, but they know their safety is their responsibility too. TIMELINE OF CRIME IN THE AREA Sept. 25- A Clark Atlanta student told police that someone shot her in the back while she was driving near campus.
Sept. 27- Police investigated the carjacking of a Morehouse College student after he had spent the night in the library studying for midterms. The carjacking happened near an apartment complex that houses many students. Oct. 2- Another student was carjacked on Founders Drive, just five days later. Oct. 3- A Lyft driver was carjacked after he just dropped off a rider at the Campustown Apartments. Officers believed this case might be related to the two other carjackings of Morehouse students. Oct. 21- A Morehouse student was shot during attempted carjacking at a gas station on Lee Street.