MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Police have been searching for the suspect in an armed home invasion robbery in Rutherford County near the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
The incident happened on Yearwood Avenue, near an MTSU parking lot on North Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro on Monday morning.
The woman told investigators she awoke to find a robber wearing all back clothing, including a black bandanna, and pointing a handgun at her face. She said he ordered her to stay quiet.
“Mostly she felt like she sensed someone sneaking around,” the woman’s boyfriend Nick Mina said. “She woke up...in a daze and he...put a gun in her face (and said) don't move, shut up.”
Officials said the suspect took a laptop and ran from the scene. Mina said her purse was also stolen.
Five people were also home at the time of the home invasion. No one was injured.
Deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and officers from both the Murfreesboro and MTSU Police Departments set up a perimeter in the area to search for the suspect.
“I mean really what do you do? I have a drill in my apartment,” neighbor Grace Jermusyk said. “I don't have a gun or anything like that.”
MTSU issued a campus-wide alert after getting the report of an armed robbery near campus.
The alert said there were unconfirmed reports the suspect may have left the scene on foot headed toward Greek Row on campus.
A K-9 unit tracked the suspect from the house and onto campus. The track ended on Greenland Drive.
“We're assuming the suspect got in a vehicle and drove away,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said.
Investigators have asked anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery to call Detective Phil Brooks them at 615-914-3051.(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)