CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for the man who robbed a Johnson and Wales student close to the campus Sunday afternoon.
The school has put out a security alert, posting signs at numerous locations. Most students like Samantha Franklin have taken notice.
"We don’t ever walk to class to the dorm over here by ourselves. We always wait for someone," said Franklin.
She and her classmate, Areli Hernandez, say they always take precautions, which are something the victim may not have done. He was walking down Trade Street at 4:55 Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, but he was allegedly counting money when he got hit in the back of the head with a bottle and then was robbed.
"It’s Charlotte. It’s a city, you’re not supposed to whip out your money...You’re not supposed to do that," said Hernandez.
Johnson and Wales has about 2,500 students. Security was beefed up after several of them were robbed last spring.
"We hope the students pay attention to those crime alerts,” said school spokesperson Melinda Law. “They are posted in 18 different locations, and it’s on the website. We just want to make them aware of incidents even if it’s off campus like this situation."
All of the robberies were close, but off campus. As far as the word getting out, not everyone is paying attention, especially to campus e-mails.
"They will just see it was security,” said student Stephen Owens. “That it was not for them, then they don’t pay attention to it. They will just delete it.”