Texas Wesleyan campus security is working alongside the Fort Worth Police Department to conduct extra patrols around the campus after an incident Monday night at a car wash near campus, according to a campus official.
Since the incident happened on Rosedale Street just west of campus, Texas Wesleyan is working extra hard to ensure the safety of all individuals on campus, Director of Safety and Security Chris Beckrich wrote in an email Tuesday.
“Truly it had nothing to do with us, no students were involved, victims weren’t ours, no one that was really Wesleyan,” Beckrich said in an interview Tuesday. “It was just in proximity to our campus is the only reason we even are involved at all.”
According to the email, two victims were approached by three suspects and were forced into one of the victim’s cars. After going to various ATMs, the five people ended up at a Walmart, where one of the victims escaped. The second victim escaped at an unknown location but was shot trying to escape. Fort Worth police took all three suspects into custody.
“At this time, it does not appear the two victims, nor the three suspects,” Beckrich said, “are associated with Texas Wesleyan University. Truly it had nothing to do with us, no students were involved, victims weren’t ours, no one that was really Wesleyan. It was just in proximity to our campus is the only reason we even are involved at all.”
Due to the proximity of the car wash to campus, security reported the information to faculty, staff, and students, said Security Supervisor Anthony Garcia.
“We just put the information out trying to be responsible to our students, to let them know that this did happen here,” Garcia said, “so be cognitive of what’s going on around you.”
Junior business major Trace Lutteringer would like students to have more immediate protection.
“The school should give the security officers guns because there’s no immediate action they can take if anything were to happen,” Lutteringer said, “and the police station is not close enough to get here in time if something were to happen.”
Lutteringer also said he’d like more emergency phone towers in parking lots on campus.
“The parking lots of Texas Wesleyan need those blue light emergency phone towers so that students have the peace of mind that they can click a button and an officer will be on their way in minutes,” Lutteringer said.