Two Campus Robberies Lead to Lockdown at Ferrum College

Update 11:15 a.m.:

Ferrum, VA - It was a tense Thursday night at Ferrum College after two students were robbed at gunpoint leading to a lockdown on campus.

That lockdown was lifted about 6 a.m. Friday.

According to campus police, the first robbery was reported about 9:30 p.m. outside a residence hall. In that case, the male student did not hand anything over to the two suspects but ran and called police.

Shortly after, police say another male student was approached by similar suspects in the Lakeside area of campus. The lockdown was issued about 10:20 p.m.

"We wanted to make sure that all our students were safe, and so the best way to continue this investigation was to ask everyone to go inside, stay where they are and let our experts and our officers do their job," said Kim Blair, VP of institutional advancement.

The search for the two robbers continues.

Students at Ferrum continued with exams Friday as scheduled.


UPDATE: 6:14 a.m.

Ferrum, VA - The lockdown at Ferrum College has been lifted, according to the school's website.

College officials are still asking students to be vigilant after two robberies Thursday night.

Exams will continue as scheduled.


UPDATE: 3:37 a.m.

Ferrum, VA - Ferrum College Police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department continue to search the Ferrum College campus and surrounding areas after they say two students were robbed at gunpoint during two separate robberies Thursday Night.

The campus police got the first call around 9:15 p.m. Thursday, saying a student had been robbed. Moments later, another call came in to police about a separate robbery involving a gun.

While the first victim didn't give up anything to the alleged robber, the second student gave his wallet over the suspected robber.

Mindy Hale, 20, is a sophomore at Ferrum. She says she was in the school's main library shortly after 9:20 p.m. when she heard campus alerts advising everyone to get to a safe location.

"It was really scary," Hale said. "Campus police quickly arrived and gave us the choice to either stay in the library, or go to our dorm room. Either way, though, they told us - regardless of where we decided to go - to lock our doors and stay inside," she said.

Hale decided to head back to her dorm room to be with her three roommates. Many were calling their parents to tell them they were okay, she said.

"On my way back to my dorm, a sheriff's deputy told me to get to my dorm as fast as I could," Hale continued.

Neither student was hurt in the robberies, but both were threatened with a gun. The campus is still under lock down, while they look for the suspects.


Update:12:10 a.m.

Ferrum, VA - Ferrum College officials say two students were robbed in two separate robberies Thursday night. Police say two people with a gun did both robberies. Campus police got a call around 9:15 p.m. Thursday about a student being robbed.

Officers say the student didn't give up anything, the student ran and called police. While the officers was taking this report, there was a call about another student being robbed. That student gave his wallet to the robber. Neither student was hurt, but both were threatened with a gun. The campus is still under lock down, while they look for the suspects.


Ferrum, VA - Franklin County's Ferrum College is on lockdown after an initial report of an attempted robbery near Riddick Hall, according to the school's alert system.

Officials are asking students to "remain inside - person with a gun...lock doors. Lockdown in progress," the alert states.

No word yet from Ferrum officials.

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