COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) - Two University of Missouri students were beaten and robbed after armed suspects broke into their fraternity. It’s latest violent crime in three weeks to shake the Columbia community.
It was not difficult for the suspects to get inside the fraternity house, the door was unlocked.
Still, some students at Mizzou feel like crime is getting worse either on campus or nearby. Rachael Young is a student from Springfield, “Everyone’s more on edge now over the last few months.”
The incident early Tuesday morning at Phi Delta Theta fraternity house just adds to the worry. Two to three suspects attacked two students living there. Bryana Maupin is a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police, “Once they entered the residence they proceeded to kick in a bedroom door where two victims were inside, the suspects were armed with handguns they assaulted the two victims.”
The suspects stole stuff and ran away. Neither victim was seriously injured. Mizzou police informed students what happened on the school’s alert system. Raphael Yohannes is a student from Dallas, “I don’t feel afraid I’m just aware I feel like I have to keep my guard up more than usual.”
Is crime getting worse here or is it a perception? Statistics indicate both violent crime and property crime rates on campus are actually down a little compared to the same time in the last three years.
In Columbia violent crime is up a little while property crimes are down.
After an armed robbery suspect was killed in a local parking garage by police in April students demanded to be updated more on criminal activity.
So university police are now informing everyone about more crimes that happen on campus and off.
All that extra information could make folks jittery.
Students’ perception of the crime rate could also be affected by where they come from, like Angelique Taylor, “I don’t feel unsafe. I wouldn’t say, I mean coming from St. Louis it’s hard to get scared out here.”
Columbia police would not disclose what items from stolen from the fraternity house.