by: Tom Regan Updated:
CARROLLTON, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned police in Carrollton have arrested at least 13 people, many of whom are accused of robbing current and former students at the University of West Georgia.
"Most of the robberies are happening in the parking lots of apartment complexes. Armed robberies, aggravated assaults, like I said one was a kidnapping," said Carrollton Police Capt. Chris Dobbs.
Dobbs told Channel 2's Tom Regan that at least eight students were victimized by the crimes, which occurred in off-campus housing communities in recent months. The apartment complexes include the Campus Quad and the Grove.
"One of the victims was actually approached, kidnapped and put in a car. Driven down the road and robbed. He jumped out of the car while it was still moving," Dobbs said.
Most students were aware of the off-campus crimes and have taken precautions. Student Rakelea Hill showed Regan the Taser and pepper spray she carries in her purse.
"We have a trail behind my apartments to get to school. And I've been advised by my parents not to walk there," Hill said.
Another student told Regan she tries to walk with a companion whenever possible.
"It's kind of scary, to know at any moment something could go wrong," student Jenneca Sparks said.
Carrollton police are working with management at the apartment complex to bolster security for students. The Campus Quad complex has security cameras and gated entrances.
The chief of the campus police department told Regan there has been only one crime in recent months involving the theft of a cellphone.
Carrollton police said their investigation continues and they anticipate additional victims and arrests.