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Jonesboro, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

ASU Student Attacked and Abducted

NOVEMBER 2, 2006 -- POSTED AT 8:00 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- The safety of students on the campus of Arkansas State may be in jeopardy. In late September, we told you about 2 students who were randomly attacked walking back to their dorm late at night. Now, another student has a similar story.

J.R. McCracken is a 19 year old sophomore at ASU. Two weeks ago he was walking back to his dorm at Arkansas Hall, when suddenly he was brutally attacked.

"I heard someone say something and I looked to the side and when that happened I got hit on the side of the face," says McCracken.

After hitting him several times in the face and the stomach, he was then blindfolded and forced into a car. His assailants were two men and two women.

"They took me to a field about 5 to 10 minutes away, took me out and beat me up some more. At that time I wasn't sure what to do because then they handcuffed me in the front and stuffed me in the trunk," says McCracken.

McCracken says after being taken off campus into a field and beaten, his abductors dropped him off at the campus pavilion, blindfolded and still in handcuffs. Frightened and in a panic, he managed to call a friend who found him on the road near the pavilion.

A report was filed with University Police, but Investigator Jarrod Long says they have not been able to connect any suspects to the case.

"Right now we do not have any current leads on this and as to why they would do this, we're really not sure," says Jarrod Long, the University Police Criminal Investigator.

Robbery wasn't a motive. Nothing was stolen from McCracken, making this crime even harder to solve.

University Police don't feel that the 2 crimes are connected. Both are still under investigation and as far as what they're doing to bump up security, escorts are available on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The UPD strongly encourages everyone to contact the police department if they ever see anything suspicious or have any leads in these crimes.

Arkansas State University Campus Police: 870-972-2093  

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