BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Many students are shocked to hear about the recent kidnapping. Some said between a reported kidnapping and shooting in one week, they definitely had to become more aware of their surroundings.
Early Wednesday morning, before dawn, reports claim a young female was abducted outside of Aster Street near Cypress Hall on LSU’s campus. Authorities are investigating the case as second-degree kidnapping, according to LSU’s spokesperson Ernie Ballard.
“I was not aware it happened, it was shocking definitely, I definitely didn’t know what to think,” said freshman Murphy Jamieson.
“Safety here is really important, especially at night,” said sophomore Marie Vilcin.
Vilcin also wants to encourage more police to walk on campus grounds to help prevent any more traumatic experiences.
“The kidnapping and also like the shooting that was very sad,” said Vilcin.
She also suggested for student and faculty safety, installing security light posts with a sounding alarm which many campuses around the country are installing.
“Some things that will soon be happening on campus; are an enhancement of LSU’s security camera system; lighting upgrades across the campus; and police officers stationed around residence halls at night,” said Ballard.
Ballard said campus police made contact with the victim early Wednesday, and the victim has been offered resources through the university’s CARE team. Suspicious activity can be reported to LSU Police by calling 225-578-3231 or through the LSU Shield app.
“LSU PD has more than 60 full-time accredited police officers who work to keep campus safe, but since our campus is open, and is the size of a small city, we all still need to be cautious,” said Ballard in a statement.
The victim is safe, but campus police are urging students to be more vigilant both on and around campus.
“Defense tools, to like protect yourself, and just be like more aware of where you’re walking,” said Vilcin.
“Definitely like check your surrounds and be safe,” said Jamieson.
The reported kidnapping is an active investigation. If you have any information about the abduction, officials ask you to call LSUPD at 225-578-3231.