String of Threat Alerts Received by MTSU Campus Community

Sep 19, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Students at Middle Tennessee State received a disturbing string of automated emergency alert messages over the past 24 hours.

The first message was sent just after 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, alerting students that a bomb threat had been received at the Keathly University Center.

MTSU Police spokesman Broede Stucky says a staff member overheard students talking about a threat that one of them had received by text.

“The text specified a specific location and a specific time of possible detonation. Therefore we took the necessary precautions and evacuated the building and set up a perimeter.”

No bomb was discovered in the search that followed. MTSU Police say they are continuing to investigate the source of the threat. Students were permitted back into the building a little after 4 p.m.

Students were awakened by another series of alert messages at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The new threat involved the armed robbery of a female student near Peck Hall.

A K-9 unit from the Murfreesboro Police Department tracked the suspect’s, described as two black males in their 20s, to the northwest corner of campus where their scent was lost.

“But they were fairly confident that the suspects were in that general vicinity. Officers continued to patrol the area and look for the suspects. A short time later they located two suspects coming out of the general vicinity that they’d been tracked to, matching the description provided.”

Police say some of the stolen items were recovered at the time of the arrest. The suspects are still being questioned by campus police. A charge of armed robbery is expected with additional charges possible.