ASU Student Dies In Attempted Robbery

November 22, 2004 – Posted at 3:05 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- A robbery gone bad results in the death of a Region 8 man. ASU student, Jessie Jenkins II, was shot and killed in his apartment near campus over the weekend.

Neighbor Lasha Haggans said she was shocked to learn of the incident, "I was scared, I was scared because I had never seen anything like that, and I didn't believe that he would pass away."

39-year-old Jenkins, was killed in what police say was an attempted robbery early Sunday morning.

"The gunshot went from their wall into our wall, but I didn't know until the police came," said Haggans, "I heard it, but I never heard a gun shot, I thought it was a glass breaking."

"It's possibly drug related," said Jonesboro Police Department Detective Mike Branscum, "We believe the motive to be robbery. There were three males that entered the apartment in ski masks and dark colored clothing."

Neighbors of Jenkins say they are stunned something like this could happen here.

"I loved him, I got love for him, and he was my friend," said neighbor and fellow student John Burke.

Neighbors say they remember Jenkins as a diligent student who wasn't too far from finishing his degree.

"If his car didn't work, no matter what the weather was, I would see him walking to ASU with his book bag and everything. He would walk if he had to," said Haggans.

"He had knowledge, a lot of knowledge, doing school and stuff," said Burke, "I used to have class with him and he would help me out a lot, you know what I'm saying."

No one has been arrested or charged at this time, and police are still working the case.

"We've got a number of leads that we have been pursuing at this time," Branscum.

Jenkins body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for autopsy. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Jonesboro Police Department.