EUGENE, Ore. – One of the victims of the robberies near the University of Oregon campus is speaking out as police continue their search for the suspects involved in the rash of robberies that have happened over the past few weeks.
KEZI spoke with Allison Smith Sunday afternoon. Smith said she is still traumatized after being held at gunpoint.
Smith said the robbery happened around 12:30 a.m. on March 8th near East 15th and Hilyard Street. She said she was walking home from a bar when a man jumped out of an alley and held a small handgun toward the side of her body. Smith said the gunman seemed very nervous at the time, and took her license, debit card and some cash before running away.
She said the robbery only lasted 10 seconds, but said that moment will haunt her forever.
"It's definitely scary, it hasn't been fun, I am scared to walk really anywhere alone, even with my friends it's a little scary,” Smith said. “It's sad because I live here, this is my home, and it's not exactly fun to be scared to walk anywhere."
After the robbery she said she ran home crying and told her roommates about what happened. They then reported the robbery to the police.
Police said it is essential for robbery victims to report the crime as soon as they can. They said the longer you wait to report the incident, the more difficult it is to locate the suspect.