Two arrests have been made following reports of an armed robbery on the Tennessee Tech University campus yesterday morning.
At sometime around 5 a.m. Wednesday, TTU Police received a report of a robbery involving what could have been a gun in Cooper/Dunn Residence Hall. No shots were reported fired, and no injuries were reported. The investigation revealed that a gun could never be confirmed in the incident.
TTU Police responded. Cookeville Police Department was notified, and officers were available to respond as needed. TTU police sent out a text alert and the Capital Quad residence area, a group of four residential buildings where Cooper/Dunn is located, was placed on lockdown. TTU police urged everyone to avoid the area around the quad while the search continued.
Around 8:50 a.m., university police reported a person in custody, and the lockdown was lifted from Capital Quad and the campus was notified.
According to police reports, the incident appears to have involved four non-students who were on the TTU campus. Darrion Jerome Brown, 19, of Nashville was taken into custody before 9 a.m. and arrested shortly after noon Wednesday, and Jerred Griggs, 20, of Sparta was placed under arrest Wednesday evening. Police say Griggs brought the two victims to the campus where they met Brown, who reported he was staying with a student there. He gained access to the residence hall by using a TTU student’s stolen identification card. Brown took one person into the laundry room of Dunn Hall and robbed him there, then tried to rob the other person outside. TTU police say he and Griggs conspired to commit the robbery together. The incident was drug-related.
The campus was notified of the lockdown and all updates through an emergency text messaging system, the university home page, an emergency blog and Facebook postings.
Students, faculty and staff members can register for the TTUAlert text system at http://www.tntech.edu/ttualert.