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Two home invasions have off-campus MTSU students on edge

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Some Middle Tennessee State University students who live in off-campus housing are spreading the word tonight to other students to be careful who you open your door for. They are taking precautions after two separate home invasions over the weekend where robbery suspects forced their way in with guns.

It was a knock on the door Alex Williams, 18, won't soon forget.

"It was certainly something I didn't expect," Williams said. "The gun stunned me enough to where there were two to three seconds for them to get into the house."

The MTSU freshman said three men wearing hooded sweatshirts forced their way inside his Campus Crossings Apartment, 285 N. Rutherford Blvd. Murfreesboro around 6 p.m. Sunday.

"That's when he pointed the gun in my face and he just made some smart remark, and said, ‘we're going in now,'" Williams said.

Williams said he stood there in disbelief.

"For the first three or four seconds the gun was in my face it was pretty surreal, it's almost like I didn't realize it was happening," Williams said. "When I saw the gun and I was like, I know this isn't happening, it's a joke or prank, or I'm having an out of body experience or something."

But it was all too real; the suspects even attacked him.

"I got hit in the face four or five time initially," he said.

The suspects then went after his roommate and a friend who were in back bedroom. The crooks took the men's wallets, cell phones and an acoustic guitar.

The Memphis native said he came to Murfreesboro to get a college education, and never thought he would be the victim of a crime.

"It's kind of ironic," Williams said. "There's some irony of moving from Memphis to Murfreesboro, and getting robbed here."

There was another home invasion at The Pointe at Raiders Campus Apartments around 9:22 p.m. Most of tenants are also students.

The robbery went down the same way; one of the suspects knocked on the door, asked for a fictitious friend and then the three crooks forced their way inside.

The victim, 22-year-old Edward Rollins, ran and locked himself in a bedroom. Rollins told police he could hear the suspect rummaging through the apartment for about 10 minutes. The robbers stole his cell phone, and wallet with his ID, social security card and credit cards inside.

MTSU junior Victoria Sorey said she will be taking extra precautions.

"It doesn't normally happen here at Campus Crossings so it's something new to me," Sorey said. "My roommates and I try to keep our doors locked."

The victims and even some witnesses could only give police a vague description of the suspects. One victim does recall one of the robbers having dreadlocks with blonde streaks.

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