Russellville Police, Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety investigating ‘suspicious incident off-campus’

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Scary moments for a young woman at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville who says a man followed her to a friend’s home on a bike.

It happened Sunday night at an apartment complex off-campus on West K Street while she was visiting a friend.

It’s left Camelia Elliott in disbelief.

Camelia Elliott says she didn’t get any sleep last night.

Elliott says she always carries her car keys with her for protection.

Now she’s being extra cautious of her surroundings and wants others to do the same.
“I was so scared we didn’t even go and get anything to eat because we were so scared,” Elliott said.

She was driving to a friend’s apartment on West K Street, just blocks away from Arkansas Tech University on Sunday.

“Before I got out I looked around and I saw a black older man on a bike across the street,” she said.

She says she didn’t think much about him and got out of the car.

“I was just like okay it might be a homeless man or he might live across the street,” Elliott said.

She waled up to friends apartment and says the man started yelling at her, then minutes later he was knocking on the door.

“The man was like I didn’t want anything I was just checking on you guys make sure you be at school on time that’s what he said and I don’t know how he would know I went to school,” Elliott said.

Shortly after, Elliott looked out the window and saw the man talking to two other men in a white van.

“I feel like he thought that was my apartment and I was there alone,” Elliott said.

Earlier that evening, Russellville police were called to the same area about a man on a bike knocking on several doors at an apartment complex on West J Street.

“I’m just glad that we didn’t open the door and we did contact the police about it,” Elliott said.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspicious person, but Elliott feels like it could have been worse.

“I’m just a little college student I’m not even from here and it’s just a scary feeling,” Elliott said.

The following email was sent from ATU Alert was sent to students on Sunday night:

To Arkansas Tech University Community,
The Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a recently reported suspicious incident that occurred off campus and may pose a serious or continuing threat to campus safety:
On Sunday, December 1, 2019 the Department of Public Safety became aware of a student that posted a video on social media of an incident that occurred off campus. An unknown male subject on a bike approached a female student as she was walking to a friend’s apartment. The male subject knocked on the door of the apartment after she entered and asked to speak with her. The resident of the apartment, a friend of the female student, did not open the door and asked him to leave. He tried to speak with her and left after he saw another male in the apartment with the two females. The female student in the apartment filmed the male subject leaving and talking to two other male subjects in a white van. This incident occurred in the 600 block of West K Street around 8:00 PM.
Russellville Police responded to a call at 7:08 PM where a male subject on a bike knocked on the several doors at an apartment complex on West J Street. The male subject in the incident on West J Street and West K Street are believed to be the same subject. The male subject was described as wearing a red hoodie, black male, clean shaven, had a gold front tooth, and called himself “Six.” He was seen by witnesses riding a bike.
At this time, it is unknown if the van or other male subjects were involved in either incident.
The Department of Public Safety is actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the Department of Public Safety by dialing (479) 968-0222 or by calling 911.
The Department of Public Safety provides a 24/7 safety escort service for anyone who feels unsafe on campus. Please be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

ATU Alert

Russellville Police say they are investigating the incident as a suspicious person.

This is a developing story.

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