Students approached by strangers off-campus

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Two students claim they have been approached by a person who made them feel unsafe

“I was walking into the Z-Tech to give them my cash,” said Troy University senior Lilykate Gwin. “This lady pulls up in a car it stopped me she says ‘Hey honey, do you like a lot of different kinds of music?’ She seemed nice and I didn’t want to be rude. So I said yes. She waved me over to come closer to her car and thankfully someone came up behind her to get out and honk their horn, so I just nicely said goodbye and ran inside.”

Gwin is not the only student who says they have been approached by a stranger at a gas station.

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“I was pumping by gas when a woman came around the and asked if I had any dollars to spare for her to get gas,” said freshman Liz Smith “She said she just needed enough to get out of town. When I told her that I had no cash she insisted that I put it on my credit card. I’ve never felt unsafe on campus or in Troy so I was really just in shock that this was even happening.”

Although both situations happened outside of Troy University’s campus, the Troy University Police Department (TUPD) encourages students to contact authorities if they feel unsafe.

“Be verbal, your voice is one of your biggest weapons,” said TUPD Sgt. Rachel Farmer. “You tell the individual to stay back. Tell them no, I don’t want you in my space. If that person is still a threat, and they don’t move, that’s when you need to be on your phone and you need to be contacting the police. Don’t hesitate if you’ve told someone to stay back and get away from you to contact the police.”

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