COLLEGE STATION, Texas A Texas A&M student is recovering after, police say, she was held up at gunpoint outside her apartment in College Station.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she'd just returned home to the Campus View Apartments along University Oaks near Harvey Road Sunday night, when she saw a man walking in the parking lot.
"He said hi, so I said hi, to be nice," said the 20-year-old victim. "And then I finished locking up my car and looked up, and he was standing a couple of feet in front of me, pointing a gun at me."
The victim said when the crook asked for her phone and wallet, she thought the whole thing had to be a joke.
"I asked if he was kidding me, and he said he wasn't. Then he asked me for my phone and wallet again," she said.
She said what she did next was pure instinct.
"I just kind of looked at him, then turned around and ran away screaming," said the victim.
Investigators said a few minutes before this crime, the suspect robbed another woman at gunpoint at the same apartments. This time, police said, the crook got away with the victim's cell phone.
Chuck Fleeger with the College Station Police Department said by the time officers arrived, the suspect was gone.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothing, possibly camouflage shorts, and may have a short beard.
Fleeger said it pays to be observant of anyone who comes across your path.
"Trust your instincts," Fleeger said. "If something doesn't feel right, act on those instincts and move out of the area."
Fleeger said to take a look around for suspicious people before you get out of your vehicle.
As for one of Sunday night's victims, she said she plans to make a few changes to her daily routine.
"I'm buying pepper spray this afternoon. And my roommate and I are going to walk each other out to our cars, because I think he was targeting individual people," she said.
If you have any information about this crime, you're asked to give College Station Police a call at 979-764-3600.
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