ASU student questions safety after Jonesboro Kum & Go robbed again

ASU student questions safety after Jonesboro Kum & Go robbed again

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For the Kum & Go on East Johnson across from Arkansas State University, armed robberies are nothing new.

The latest happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Jonesboro police said two black men, masked with bandanas, robbed the store at gunpoint and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

"It's been robbed again? Again?," asked Saesha Knowlton, a junior at Arkansas State. "This is like the millionth time we're hearing about it getting robbed."

Two times in two months to be exact.

Knowlton makes the walk from campus to Wolf Creek Apartments almost every day, passing the Kum & Go along her journey.

"I go to the Kum & Go like every day," she said. "Now I feel like it can come and just happen to me. Something could happen to me while I'm walking to campus or something like that. You're supposed to be able to feel safe on campus and around campus. With this happening so close to campus, you don't feel that safe."

According to the police report, an officer with the Arkansas State University Police Department found a bandana on Winn Street and a footprint in some mud near Caraway Road, which are both across from Knowlton's apartment.

She said this area needs a larger police presence.

"I don't see too many police around this area," Knowlton said.

When someone robbed this same Kum & Go exactly two months ago, Knowlton was there.

"I work overnight," she said. "Those are the hours that I'm up so I just go. The night that it got robbed, I went up there and there was police everywhere. I didn't know what was going on. They said, 'You can't go in. The place has been robbed.'"

Also in the past two months, someone robbed the Kum & Go on North Church Street twice. All four robberies happened around the same time.

"I don't go at night any more," Knowlton said.

Paul Holmes, the public information specialist with the Jonesboro Police Department, said officers have investigated six aggravated robberies since May 21: the four Kum & Go robberies mentioned above plus the Sonic on Gee Street and Diamond Gems on Red Wolf Boulevard.

Holmes said officers have the ability to adjust patrols based on the frequency of these crimes.

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