BEL-RIDGE, MO (KTVI) - Fraternity brothers at the University of Missouri – St. Louis are shaken after several of their members were held at gunpoint early Friday morning, while their house was robbed.
According to Bel-Ridge police, an unknown black male entered the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Natural Bridge Road around 4:20 Friday morning, through an unlocked back door.
The man was armed with a handgun, and wore all black with a mask. He held seven victims at gunpoint, while stealing various items from the house.
Fraternity President Tyler Brockman was asleep during the robbery, but quickly found out what happened. He says, “Everybody was very surprised. There aren’t incidents like this that happen every day.”
It was tough to find PKA brothers at their house or on campus Friday; Brockman and his fraternity brothers went to Joplin for two days to rebuild homes devastated by the tornado. It’s a project they do twice a year. Brockman adds, “I didn’t want to let one person’s misguided actions deter all the good that we do down here.”
Even though the robbery happened off campus, that doesn’t mean UMSL isn’t taking notice. University spokesperson Bob Samples says, “Our student affairs personnel have been meeting with students that were involved in the incident, they’ve been offering counseling service and other advice. Our campus police have been meeting with the students to talk about security at their off-campus location, and also, they’ve been working now with Bel-Ridge police to investigate the situation.”
Meanwhile, as the brothers continue to build in Joplin, they’re seeing this unfortunate situation as a bonding experience, bringing them closer together. Brockman says, “This is something that we feel is important, giving back to the community, and something that we feel is necessary to do, and didn’t want to have anybody detract from it.”
Whoever robbed this fraternity house is still on the loose. If you have any information, contact Bel-Ridge police.