Update: UT Tyler releases statement concerning Varsity Place Apartments
POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 12:31pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 8:30pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Update: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of Texas at Tyler Police Department is issuing the following timely notification bulletin:
The below mentioned crime occurred at Varsity Place Apartments which is neither owned nor operated by the University of Texas at Tyler.
It is the policy of the University of Texas at Tyler to issue timely warnings for crimes occurring within the immediate vicinity of campus which, in the opinion of law enforcement, represent an ongoing danger to the campus community. Specifically, in this case, UT Tyler resident students are urged to always use caution prior to opening their doors when the person's identity is unknown. If you are not aware of who is knocking, contact the University Police at (903) 566-7300. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, and report any suspicious activity to the University Police Department.
Information from UT Tyler
On Tuesday, at 2:23 a.m., Tyler Police were called to a local hospital to interview a victim who reported he was robbed and assaulted with a handgun in his apartment at the Varsity Place Apartments at 3400 Varsity, apartment 2009.
The victim, Dearis Davis, a black male, age 21, who attends Tyler Junior College, told officers that he heard a knock at his door around 1:40 a.m. Davis opened the door and observed three black men standing in his doorway. The suspects forced their way into the apartment and held him at gunpoint demanding his cash.
The suspects who had their faces covered with masks, struck Davis several times about his face and head with guns that resulted in serious bodily injury. The suspects entered into his room-mate’s room and forced him and his girlfriend into the bathroom during the robbery. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area on foot.
Anyone with information about the suspects involved in this crime are urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.
Information from Tyler Police