LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK Police issued a crime bulletin after a student was robbed on campus.
It happened Wednesday afternoon on Columbia Avenue, which is behind William T. Young Library on campus.
UK Police say a female student was walking behind the library when a man came up behind her and grabbed her purse. We are told she struggled with the robber and during that struggle pepper spray was released. The victim was sprayed in the face. Police tell us she is okay and not hurt.
"The guy pepper sprayed the girl? Wow. That's pretty bad," said Zach Fox, a UK Freshman.
"It's definitely something that's not the norm here at the university," said Chief Joe Monroe, with UK Police. "It's something that is kind of very unusual when you see somebody get sprayed with pepper spray in the process of a strong arm robbery."
Police say the robber grabbed her phone and took off. He did not get away with her purse.
UK students reacted to the crime on camera with us, and most had the same shocked reaction. It's not that these students don't feel safe on campus. It's just scary, especially given the time it happened: 4 p.m.
"That it would happen in daylight is the biggest thing," said Peter McDonell, a UK Senior. "Normally you would hear about that, and it's in like sketchy areas. But if it's on campus, it's completely a different thing then someone in a back alley."
Students did receive an alert, making them aware of what happened. But that won't ease their minds.
"It's stressful enough being in college but now having to worry about somebody else being out there," said Ashley Campbell, a UK Senior.
The suspect is still on the loose. He's being described as a white man, standing at about 5'5", seemingly 18 to 22 years old, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, an orange hat, and gray shoes.