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3 On Your Side Investigates: JSU campus crime

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18 year old Henry Washington is a Freshman at Jackson State University, staying at Alexander Hall. He says on Monday evening around dusk, he was attacked as he left the dorm.

"This guy was coming up to me. He tried to snatch the phone out of my hand. He pushed me, tackled me down," Washington says, adding that he sustained some bumps and scrapes but was not seriously injured.

He says some friends he was with knew the attacker, but he's not sure if campus police have questioned the subject yet. He never got his iPhone back.

Washington tells us he's concerned about campus security.

"I just wish they'd get better security, better lighting out here," he says. "(I'm not) the first person who has been robbed out here."

Washington is right. 3 On Your Side has learned that between July 1 and September 30, there have been six assaults, nine robberies, and 15 burglaries.

"I feel like I'm getting the run-around," says Washington's mom, Arika Darby. Darby says since the attack, she's been trying to find out if and when the campus will increase security. But she's gotten no answers.

Curtis Johnson, JSU's Director of Support Services, wouldn't give us the number of campus police officers, but he says they saturate the campus.

Even so, he says, incidents do happen, and campus security protocol is looked at on a weekly basis.

"We don't have any officers other than at the security gates who are stationary. Officers are required to roam," he says.

We asked him about lighting around Alexander Hall.

"We have had some construction done there in the last six months. I will have to take a look at that," he says.

Johnson has agreed to meet with Washington's parents this week.

"These issues need to be resolved," Darby says. 

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