Women Robbed At Gunpoint Near Ohio State Campus

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Ohio State University students said on Thursday that they wanted to see safety changes after two nursing students were robbed at gunpoint.

According to investigators, two women were walking near Indianola and Chittenden avenues when a man with a gun approached them at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Leslie Ferch said that she and her friend passed a man and exchanged a few words before he pointed a gun at them, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

“He took a gun and put it right on my chest and then said, ‘Do you want to get shot?’” Ferch said.

Ferch’s friend, Kimberly Klumb, said that the man demanded the girls’ cell phones.

“He still had the gun on me and wanted money and then said, ‘Do you want to get raped?’” Ferch said.

The two women said that they gave the man their phones and cash and escaped unharmed, Elias reported.

“You don’t want to live in fear, but at the same time, we were together, and we’ve walked places together before at night and there were people out,” Ferch said. “We feel relatively safe when you’re in pairs, but at the same time, obviously you’re not. It’s terrible that you can’t feel safe.”

Student Taylor Stepp, president of the undergraduate student government at Ohio State, said that he wanted to see change.

“I think the most disturbing aspect of all of this is that this is the heart of campus, this is the heart of campus right here,” Stepp said. “We’re completely surrounded by student housing, and this is so close to home.”

The two women attacked said that the area was lacking emergency blue lights and hoped to see changes in the near future, Elias reported.

The Ohio State police chief said that he was still deciding whether to send a campus-wide alert on the crime.

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