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Woman escapes armed carjacker

Police say early this morning, a Georgetown College employee stopped at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Clayton Avenue on her way to work and found herself in the middle of a carjacking.

"As the car comes to a stop, she hears a loud bang at the side of her car. Immediately turns to look around and sees the male subject. He's got the knife in his hand. He's holding it up. She can clearly see it and he's working the door mechanism trying to get into the car,"

The woman, told police she'd been driving that route safely for over ten years to her job at the college. Luckily, her doors were locked and she was able to get away. Officials at Georgetown College sent out an alert to students letting them know what happened.

"I tell students and parents that we're a safe environment, but we're not Mayberry," says Dr. Todd Gambill, Dean of Students at Georgetown College. He says they do everything they can to keep their students safe.

"Bad things can happen even in a safe environment, so it's incumbent upon all of us to make sure we're taking the reasonable safety precautions," says Dr. Gambill.

Students agreed, saying it's always best to be aware.

"You don't want to be overconfident and cocky like 'Nothing's going to happen to me,' because no matter where you are, something bad could go down. You just want to always play it safe," says Joseph Lane.

"It's good that they're interested in our safety. Glad to know that if we don't know what's going on, they'll inform us immediately after it happens," says Joseph Russo.

Police say they'll have extra patrols in the area.


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