Texas State student assaulted by 5 men in dorm room

Signs posted on the entrance to Smith Hall at Texas State University after a student was assaulted by 5 men (KXAN Photo/ Lauren Lanmon)
Signs posted on the entrance to Smith Hall at Texas State University after a student was assaulted by 5 men (KXAN Photo/ Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Police are searching for five suspects who assaulted a Texas State student and stole from his dorm room.

Tuesday night around 9:35 p.m. the student heard a knock on his door at Smith Hall. He opened the door to find five males outside who entered the room and assaulted him.

The student told police the men took items from his room and took off in an unknown direction.

“You definitely have to watch the people coming in and out, if they aren’t normally here, you have to watch those people in case of stuff like this,” said Smith Hall resident Jordan Robinson. “It could have been me or my roommate, it makes me want to be more aware of my surroundings.”

The university says only students with key cards can enter the dorm, but according to those who walk in and out every day, a lot more are entering than allowed.

Signs posted on the entrance to Smith Hall at Texas State University after a student was assaulted by 5 men (KXAN Photo/ Lauren Lanmon)
Signs posted on the entrance to Smith Hall at Texas State University after a student was assaulted by 5 men (KXAN Photo/ Lauren Lanmon)

“There are some people that can wait outside and like as soon as they see a person pass through the door, you know, no one questions them, they just let them in,” said Smith Hall resident Jazmin Santillan.

Due to its old age, Smith Hall was set to be closed this school year, however, due to the increase in student population Texas State says they had to keep their doors open.

University officials say all dorms on campus have the same safety features: key cards, locks on student doors and on-call staff members for each individual floor. They also add that it is student policy to only allow those they know through the doors. In April, Texas State University had a similar story at Sterry Hall where a stranger entered the dorm and began touching one of the students, the suspect in that case has been arrested.

Police describe the Smith Hall suspects as:

  • Hispanic or African American male, 5’6″, wearing gray pants and a gray hoodie
  • African American male, 6’4″, wearing blue jacket and blue jeans
  • African American male, bulky, 5’6″
  • Hispanic male, straight hair, wearing a black shirt and jeans
  • White male, wearing a white shirt and gray pants

Anyone who sees anything suspicious on campus is asked to the University Police Department at (512) 245-2805. If you need an escort home at night on campus you can call the Bobcat Bobbies at (512)245-7233.

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