Eastern Michigan University student fights off men who attempted to steal her car on campus, police say
Updated with additional details.
An Eastern Michigan University student was pulled from her car by a man who attempted to steal it Tuesday evening on campus, but the crime was thwarted when she fought him and yelled for help, campus police said.
The student told police she was sitting in her BMW in the Oakwood guest parking lot on the west side of campus at 8:30 p.m. when two men approached on foot, according to a campus crime alert.
She said one of the men demanded her vehicle, while the second man stood near the passenger side door, and she told them she wasn't giving them her vehicle, the alert said.
The man who demanded her car pulled her from it, struggled with her and got inside to start it, the alert said. The student continued struggling with the man and screamed for help, the alert said.
The man was unable to start the student's car because it takes several steps to start it, Police Chief Greg O'Dell said. He said the parking lot is gated and has a gate attendant.
"This is not an isolated area of campus," he said.
Two witnesses approached, and the men ran in a southwesterly direction from the lot, the alert said. The student's backpack, containing books and other items, was stolen by the men, O'Dell said.
According to Ypsilanti police, the victim's property was found a couple hours later by residents in the 700 block of Collegewood Street.
No weapons were seen, the alert said. The student reported minor injuries, but declined any medical attention.
The man who demanded the car was described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet to 5 feet, 5 inches tall, medium build and wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt. The second man was described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet to 5 feet, 5 inches tall, medium build and wearing a green EMU hooded sweatshirt.
O'Dell said police are reviewing video surveillance in the area and are actively investigating the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the EMU Police Department at 734-487-1222 or the EMU police tip line at 734-487-4847.