UNC students robbed at gunpoint inside dorm

Michael Williamson

April 5, 2011 4:42:40 PM PDT
Several UNC students say they stared down the barrel of a gun around midnight Monday.

Fortunately, their dorm is across the street from the campus police Department.

"Kind of surprised that happened here at the dorm that I live in," student Shelby Hudspeth said.

Frantic calls to the UNC campus 911 alerted police that an armed robbery inside Morrison Hall was underway. Several students were being held at gunpoint and being stripped of their cash and their belongings.

"We literally confronted the suspects as they were exiting the building," said Randy Young, UNC Public Safety. "One was taken into custody. The second was able to flee on foot."

Luther Allison, 24 of Hillsborough, is behind bars and 27-year-old Michael Michael D'Angelo Williamson is still on the run.

Hudspeth, who lives in Morrison, fears it could happen again.

"I've always felt safe," she said. "I do know tailgating happens, I've let people come in with me that don't necessarily live here."

According to campus police, the incident was not a random act. Investigators say both Allison and Williamson gained entry to the building through students who live in the dorm.

ABC11 Eyewitness News learned Williamson was convicted on drug charges in February and then sentenced to a year of probation, but university officials won't comment on whether a drug deal brought the men into the dorm or whether the students who let them in will face disciplinary action.

"That remains to be seen," Young said. "We're continuing to conduct the investigation and of course, there's a criminal investigation and the university has its own policies in regards to residence halls and so on."

There's been some concern over why students didn't receive a text alerting them of the incident. Campus police say the incident was over by the time they learned there was a weapon involved.

Anyone with information on Williamson's whereabouts is urged to contact campus police.

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