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Assistant principal mugged at Enloe High School

Posted January 16, 2009

— An Enloe High School assistant principal was mugged early Friday morning when she arrived at campus, Raleigh police said.

Carrie Jacobs was getting out of her vehicle about 6:45 a.m. when she says a man in his mid-20s approached her, struck her and fled with her purse. There were no injuries beyond minor bumps and bruises, Principal Beth Cochran said in a message that went out to parents Friday afternoon.

Jacobs alerted a school resource officer, who contacted police, authorities said

Police said they have no suspects. They described the assailant as wearing dark clothing and wearing a white cap.

The school has increased security measures since a 16-year-old student was robbed near the campus while walking to school last month.

In that incident, police said, two men stole an iPod from the teen. Moments after that, two men with a knife pushed a 14-year-old to the ground. Police believe the two incidents might be linked.

"Lately it hasn't been one of the safest schools," parent Pamela Draughn said Friday.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Friday that police will now increase their patrols of the area before and after school.

Investigators want anyone with any information about the cases to call the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-3555.

Parents' reactions to the latest incident were mixed.

"Is it safe right now? I do not know if any place is safe right now," parent Jamal Brown said.


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  • RonnieR Jan 16, 2009

    SomeRandomGuy, some SROs are police officers, some are Deputy Sheriffs. I guess this one was a Deputy and he called RPD.

  • John Q Public Jan 16, 2009

    Enloe is a great school!

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 16, 2009

    please-stand-by this was not about my language and how I used it, it is about a mugging at Enloe High School. My education? Please give me your resume and then we can talk, until then whatever................

  • NC Reader Jan 16, 2009

    "Enloe is a magnet school. Meaning they stuck a school in a bad section of town ..."

    Actually, Enloe has been in that part of town for many, many years. It wasn't "stuck" there.

  • Tolip Jan 16, 2009

    "Fence in the school with razor wire and gate it with an armed guard on duty. It works in South central L.A."

    You forgot the Claymores!

  • paganwretch Jan 16, 2009

    Bad economy + overworked justice system + over capacity jails = more crime. Schools are a good target for criminals because it's illegal for law abiding citizens to carry any weapons there to protect themselves. The more laws we pass the more law abiders are punished. Criminals already disregard laws; enacting more means nothing to them. What can be done?

  • dev8me Jan 16, 2009

    Whenever incidents are repeating, (and don't tell the contrary) it clearly indicates a tendency... that is sad.
    Increased security doesn't mean a thing if they are not on the right spot, right time, but again, the crooks are not that dumb ...
    One question though: why the h3ll the schools don't have security cameras everywhere ?
    Are they waiting until someone gets killed ? (sigh)
    Oh yeah, like someone else already pointed out... the description of the assailant was also very helpful !

  • wolff Jan 16, 2009

    Enloe is a magnet school. Meaning they stuck a school in a bad section of town so they have very high percentage of minorities and thus can get allot more money for special programs (for the gifted which attracts certain people as well as for the underachievers). Although today its called high percentage of free lunches rather than minorities in this case.

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Jan 16, 2009

    Funny..I thought I saw a piece on wral where this was the safest school. Maybe that piece has attracted some shady characters? Would be interesting to look into. I hope they catch these guys.

  • beachwalk0 Jan 16, 2009

    I wrote a comment earlier, my computer went haywire and I lost it. I'm not sure if it will be posted, so, I'm starting over.

    I have a child who attends Enloe. I just happen to be there this morning when the police arrived. Enloe has been one of the safer schools in the area, until this school year. Enloe is approximately 11 miles from NCSU. (I read where someone said it was "very near" NCSU. Enloe is a very good school. This was about the 4th or 5th incident this year. Before that, there were no muggings or attacks, etc. I think they really need to do more with security, video cameras, and have police patrol the area in the mornings and afternoons. This is when most of the incidents have ocurred.