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Tusculum Campus Was On Lockdown; Student Arrested

Originally published: 2013-05-01 10:44:54
Last modified: 2013-05-01 10:47:14



A Tusculum College student who allegedly robbed another student at gunpoint Tuesday night has been charged with aggravated robbery and resisting arrest.

Zellburge Gleaves, 22, who gave the college's address of 60 Shiloh Road, was scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court. Bond of $11,000 was set after his arrest.

The robbery and subsequent search for the suspect prompted a lockdown of the Tusculum College campus between 10:45 and 11:22 p.m. Tuesday, college officials said.

Tusculum police responded to a report of a robbery with a firearm at a campus housing unit.

The victim told police that a man knocked on his door.

When he opened the door, Gleaves allegedly "turned off the light and stuck a gun to his head," Officer Dustin Jeffers said in a report.

"Gleaves then stated he wanted (the alleged victim's) jewelry and money," the report said.

After a brief struggle between Gleaves and the alleged victim, Gleaves "grabbed a backpack and fled the apartment," the report said.

"The campus was placed in a lockdown in order for a full campus search for the suspect," the report added.

Gleaves returned to his room in Haynes Hall on campus, where he was found by officers.

"While we were there, the subject then fled down the steps and out the door and a foot chase took place," the report said. Gleaves was taken into custody a short time later.

The police report did not say if the gun used in the alleged robbery was recovered.

The victim told police he knew Gleaves. College officials confirmed Gleaves is a student there.

During lockdown status, all students "are asked to stay in their present location or get to a secure location and stay and lock the doors and not answer it for anyone" except law enforcement officers or campus officials who first identify themselves, college spokeswoman Eugenia Estes said this morning.

Gleaves is from Antioch in Davidson County, in the Nashville area.

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