University of Tulsa students on alert after suspects break in, force residents into closet

Posted at 6:35 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 19:35:47-05

TULSA -- A late night home invasion on the TU campus put students on alert Monday.

The search continues for two men who forced their way into an apartment and shoved two people in a closet.

TU would not comment on what happened at the Mayo Village Apartments Sunday night, calling it an ongoing investigation.

But students on Monday said they felt secure on campus, thanks to some direct communication.

"I just checked my email this morning and they thoroughly described what happened," said TU senior Jaclyn Lake.

Within minutes of Sunday night's home invasion, the University of Tulsa sent students an email letting them know what happened.

"I looked at someone and I was like, 'go lock that door!' because our door was unlocked,” said senior Matthew Tygart.

"People were just freaking out just saying like 'what's going on,'" said sophomore Connor Hagen.

Two men are still on the described as having a heavier build and wearing all black, including a mask.

Monday, police presence was felt by many.

"I'm not sure how many officers are on duty, however, I saw three in their cars and one on their bicycle so they're definitely around today," said Lake.

Police won't say what was taken from the apartment.

But for students, it's a familiar scenario.

Earlier this year, a series of intrusions into women's apartments were reported...leading back to rape suspect Luis Molina.

The school was criticized by students who said TU didn't do enough to warn students.

"It's very important to me that they stay involved and they stay on top of it," said Lake.

Monday, folks say they feel more in the loop...creating a new sense of awareness on campus.

"That's reassuring to us because we knew immediately that there was two people on campus and they kinda already had them identified so we knew what we needed to look out for," said Tygart.

A preliminary search of the campus turned up no leads in this case.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Tulsa Crimestoppers at 918-596-2677.

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