Armed robbery in bathroom has PCC on alert
Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An armed robbery in a woman's bathroom has Pima Community College warning students to be especially careful.
The downtown campus for Pima Community College is normally a quiet place where students feel secure, and campus crime stats back that up but the College is warning students about a dangerous exception.
It was late Friday afternoon. A woman walked into the ladies room and while she was there, so very vulnerable, a man with a gun used that gun to rob her and try a sexual assault.
PCC used an e-mail alert to tell students what happened and warn them to be on their guard.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked PCC student Ashley Burket: "When you get an alert like that do you end up behaving differently as a result?"
"Yes", she said, "I am definitely more alert of my surroundings and I watch people. I observe more."
Student Tracy Stewart says "Now I stick to the inside bathrooms and I look around as I'm walking in and look under the stalls to make sure there's nobody in there."
Craig Smith asked: "How sad is that, that you've got to check out the other stalls?"
Stewart:"It's sad, It's sad."
Students say they've seen more police presence.
Here's who they're looking for: A black man in his 20s with a short dreadlock haircut. He's between 5'8 and 5'11'. He was wearing black jeans, a black and grey plaid shirt and black shoes.
Campus Police say to stay safe, understand what makes you a tempting target. For instance, if your eyes are on your smartphone and your music's keeping you from hearing anything else, you're less likely to notice threats around you and more likely to look like an easy victim.
PCC Sergeant Matt Szady says, "So if a person is standing erect, looking around, paying attention to what's going on around them they're less likely to be victimized."