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Morehouse Students Safe After Carjacking and Kidnapping Attempt

(April 26, 2010) -- Three Morehouse College students and another student from Atlanta Intercontinental University were the victims of an armed robbery, carjacking and kidnapping on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

The incident happened at a gas station not far from the Morehouse College campus.

Two of the students were placed in the trunk and two others in the backseat of the stolen car while the gunmen proceeded to drive them to a nearby bank to withdraw money from their accounts. The gunmen robbed the students of everything, except one cell phone, which was in the pocket of one of the students who was in the trunk. After several attempts to reach 911, the student called the Morehouse police dispatcher from the trunk of the car and was able to give the dispatcher a block-by-block description of where the car was headed.

“We are fortunate that one of our students had the presence of mind to call for help,” said Vernon Worthy, chief of the Morehouse College Police Department. “He knew to describe the car they were in, where they were located and where they were going. His clear and fast thinking helped avert a situation that could have ended very differently.”

As the gunmen pulled into the bank parking lot, Atlanta Police, who were guided there by the Morehouse dispatcher, were waiting for them and arrested two of the gunmen on site. The third ran away from the scene and is still at large.

“This is an excellent example of how additional police personnel and resources are assisting in making the campus and surrounding areas safer, and how Atlanta PD and AUC police departments are working well together, “ said William Bynum, vice president for Student Services.

President Robert M. Franklin ’75 said: “We are very grateful for the safe outcome of this terrible situation. We commend the students for remaining calm and for their quick wits and the police, whose rapid response made all the difference.”

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