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Three FSU Students Expelled For Weekend Crimes

Posted March 26, 2002

— The chancellor of Fayetteville State University said three students charged with crimes over the weekend will be expelled. Two of the students were charged with selling drugs and another is accused of a murder in South Carolina.

Campus police officers went to Bryant Hall Saturday to arrest 22-year-old Norris Baggit for a murder in Florence, South Carolina.

While there, officers charged two brothers, Brian and David Smith, with robbery. They are not FSU students. They apparently got into the secured dormitory because they or their companions knew the victims, the school's police chief said Tuesday.

They are being held Tuesday on $26,000 bond each.

Two other students, Atif Davis and Frederick Johnson were also arrested for selling drugs and possessing a firearm.

Three other university students were involved in the robberies, one of whom was shot in the finger.

For the past five months, Keith Jones has delivered pizzas. His regular customers were students at Fayetteville State University, but not anymore. He refuses to go there.

"A lot of our drivers got robbed down there. People rip off pizzas from us, take money," he said. "We've had drivers threatened to have their vehicles taken."

Jones said those incidents all happened at Bryant Hall. University spokeswoman Lauren Cook White said the university's crime statistics show no reported cases of violent crimes in 2000, the last year of the study.

"We've been working very hard and making this one of the safest environments you can come to," she said.

Students like Lisa Augustine fear those facts will be overshadowed.

"Yeah, this will definitely shine a negative light on the university," she said.

There are plenty of safety items on campus such as emergency call boxes and increased outdoor lighting. Police are still looking for three robbery suspects who live off-campus.

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