JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Some people in Johnson City are on edge and taking precautions after two armed robberies early Monday morning.
One of the robberies happened on ETSU's campus; the other was on South Roan Street and Plymouth Road.
Parking lot 11 is where many students that live in Davis Apartments at ETSU park. Now some students are scared to walk to the parking lot after police say a student reported being attacked. "Being a student and parking in that lot before, [it] makes me nervous just to walk," says ETSU student Evan Castner.
"Walking around by myself doesn't make me too happy anymore," says student Sabrina McDonald.
Police tell us a student was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning in the lot. "The [suspects] were riding around, saw this individual at his car and took advantage of the situation," says ETSU police chief Jack Cotrel.
Cotrel tells us the victim was a 21-year-old student who was carrying things from his car to his dorm room, which is across the street from the parking lot. "Two individuals got out with guns and told him to get on the ground. They proceed to take his backpack," adds Cotrel.
Inside the backpack were a laptop, video game system, and collectable trading cards. Chief Cotrel tells us there were five suspects inside the car. He says they were wearing all black clothing. Cotrel says one suspect had an orange shirt over his face and another had a black shirt over his face.
Around 2:00 Monday morning the Johnson City Police Department reported a similar robbery on South Roan Street and Plymouth Road. Police tell us the description of the suspects and car in the second robbery is very similar to the one that happened on campus, which is why they believe they're connected. "We're treating it as if they are until we find out information to the contrary. Right now the MO seems to be very close," says Cotrel.
Officers want you to be on the lookout for the vehicle that could be involved in these robberies. The victim identified the car as an older-model dark red or maroon vehicle. Cotel tells us the car was last seen heading east on Southwest Avenue towards University Parkway.
If you have any information about the robberies you're asked to call the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6000.