ATLANTA -- Georgia State University students received a safety alert after a student was robbed at gunpoint inside the library Thursday morning. It is the second time a student has been robbed inside the library in the past month.
GSU Police Deputy Chief Carlton Mullis confirmed the armed robbery investigation. He said a student was robbed at gunpoint Thursday around 9:30 a.m. According to the victim, a black male wearing a blue jacket, tan khakis, and white shoes took the students laptop and cell phone at gunpoint. The suspect is described as 6" and 180 pounds with a beard and low style haircut.
Police tell 11Alive's Kevin Rowson the man robbed the student inside a study room of the 4th floor. According to a police incident report the suspect asked the student "What time is it? Where did your friend go?". The suspect pulled out a handgun from under his jacket and instructed the victim to get on the ground, according to the report. He then asked the student "Did you ever get shot?"
The suspect took the student laptop and cell phone and ran toward a stairway exit.
Deputy Chief Mullis said it is the third incident that has happened in the library since December 15, 2015 when another suspect stole a students laptop and cell phone inside the library. Then two days before this mornings robbery, a suspect snatched a students cell phone off a table in the library. After that incident campus police increased patrols around and inside the library.
"Three incidents in a monty?" student Diego Acosta asked. "They might have to do something because no one ever thinks about getting a gun to their head when they're trying to read a book."
"It's a place where people go to study and further their education so it's kind of a shock when someone goes there to do that and then their in danger at the same time," said student Tamar Nowell.
Campus police are trying to figure out how the suspect got into the library. Students must swipe their ID's to enter the library. Visitors are required to leave an ID at the security desk to enter.
"We do take this very seriously and we're going to put every effort into capturing him as we did the last one that occurred last month," Dep. Chief Mullis said.
Daniel Duplessy, of Atlanta, was charged in the December 15th robbery after he was identified when police released a surveillance photo of him. Mullis said investigators are going through video from the library to see if the latest suspect is seen on camera.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call GSU polcie at (404) 413-3211. You can also call the tip line at (404) 413-3211.
Students can request a safety escort on campus by calling GSU police at (404) 413-2100.