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Police investigating Thursday night armed robbery near GSU/Armstrong campus

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Savannah-Chatham Metro police responded to Domino’s Pizza on the 13000 block of Abercorn St at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening on reports of an armed robbery, according to a police statement (Credit: MGN graphic)

An armed robbery at a nearby business put the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University on high alert late Thursday.

Savannah-Chatham Metro police responded to Domino’s Pizza on the 13000 block of Abercorn St at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening on reports of an armed robbery, according to a police statement.

A man in his 20’s entered the building and made demands for money, police said.

The victim complied and the suspect reportedly left on foot.

Georgia Southern University President Jaime Hebert sent out the following statement to the Armstrong community on Friday afternoon:

Last night, an armed robbery occurred at the Domino’s adjacent to the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus. The Georgia Southern University Police Department assisted Savannah Metropolitan Police in responding to the incident as the suspect was believed to have fled toward the Armstrong Campus. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect instead fled toward Middleground Road and was not on campus. The suspect is currently at large. If you have any information, please contact Savannah Metropolitan Police at 912-651-6675.

Notifying our campus communities when incidents such as this occur is critically important. We care deeply about the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors on all of our campuses and this remains my top priority. However, in trying to communicate the unfolding situation last evening, there was an unfortunate and avoidable misstep regarding the EAGLE ALERT system. Although information was immediately posted to the University’s primary social media networks, we regret that the Armstrong Campus community was not notified through the University’s emergency message alert notification system. This one situation is not indicative of Georgia Southern University’s priorities in immediately notifying our community when an incident occurs and we are actively working to ensure this does not happen again.

To ensure the EAGLE ALERT process meets our standards, I have called for an immediate test of the EAGLE ALERT system, which will occur at 3 p.m. today. If you do not receive the alert in the form of communication (i.e. text message or phone call) you have indicated you wish to receive, please visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/eaglealert to update your information.

Eagle Alerts are also posted on the Office of Public Safety’s website.

Again, the safety and well-being of our entire University community are critically important to me. If you wish to reach out to me personally, please email me at president@GeorgiaSouthern.edu. I welcome your input.

Jaimie Hebert

President