Butler University is on high alert after a student is mugged and assaulted outside of his home.
25-year-old graduate student Mike Trombley was walking home from a friend’s house early Saturday morning when he decided to take a shortcut in the 4700 block of Rookwood Ave.
“It cuts time off if you go through the alleyway so that's what I was doing,” he said.
He was in the process of sending a text message to a friend when out of nowhere a man suddenly jumped out of the bushes next to him.
“He was kind of hunched over with a hood and he just said give me your wallet."
But what Trombley did next would surprise even himself.
" I said, 'no I'm not going to.’ And that's when he swung and hit me a couple of times in the face,” Trombley recalled.
Trombley swung back, knocking the suspect square in the mouth.
“My knuckles are kind of cut up because I think I hit him in the teeth."
As the suspect staggered backwards, Trombley immediately took off running towards his home and called police.
“They were shocked when they heard I said no because most people don't' do that,” he said.
Within minutes, Butler Police barricaded the area hoping to catch the man, Trombley describes as a black man; standing six feet tall; weighing about 200 lbs; in his mid-twenties and wearing a red hoodie.
“He definitely wasn't a Butler student and he definitely was not someone who I recognized from around here."
Police say they believe Trombley was intentionally targeted and urge students in the area to be on guard but not to be as brazen as Trombley.
“ I've played football and I've taken self-defense classes at Butler and I'm a confident person so I wasn't just going to let him steal my money,” Trombley said.
Butler Police are urging students to use the buddy system and to walk in well-lit areas at night. Butler also encourages students to take advantage of their escort service which is available to students as well as residents in the area.