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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Attack at ASU Leaves Students Shaken

September 29, 2006 -- Posted at 6:28 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR-- A violent incident on the Arkansas State University campus earlier this week has some students concerned about their safety.

Late Monday night two students were attacked as they were approaching their dorm at A.S.U.  The students, Sarah Moore and Joseph Fleener, were coming home after studying at the library.

"She had left the library and was headed home.  They got almost to the dorms and four guys came out.  One grabbed her and the other three grabbed her friend that was walking her home," said student Sondra Ajasin.

Moore wasn't hurt, but Fleener needed stitches because of a head injury.  Ajasin said that this is an unprovoked event, and they have no clue who the attackers might have been.

"She thinks it was just a random act of violence.  There was no incident before.  There was no argument.  They were simply walking home from studying," said Ajasin.

Sondra Ajasin says this isn't the first crime she's heard of on campus, but this one hit close to home.

"It makes me more cautious.  It makes me more apt to take in my surroundings, kind of watch out for other students and report things that look suspicious to me," said Ajasin.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Rick stripling told K8 news that the university is doing everything they can to maintain a safe campus for students.

He said an incident like this one is rare, and steps are being taken to prevent it from happening again.

Stripling says that one thing that is currently being worked on is a neighborhood watch program on campus.

The university is handing out flyers with safety tips for students.  Some of those tips are:

Never leave your belongings unattended.

When walking at night, walk in groups and in well lit areas.

Always report suspicious activity to police, you can do so by programming the University Police phone number into your phone.  The U.P.D. phone number is 870-972-2093.

Let your friends know where you are going and when you will return.

Never prop doors open.

To be a silent witness and report crime anonymously, call 972-2093 or fill out a silent witness form online: http://police.astate.edu/witness.htm

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