CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man who got out of jail on Sept. 30 was arrested Sunday for breaking into cars near the University of Cincinnati's campus.
"They always say never travel alone but then sometimes we hear about four or five students getting held up and that is scary," says UC student Cole Shinkle.
Students got the news through a campus wide email. A female student was robbed of her purse at gunpoint between 2:30-3 a.m. Sunday on Stratford Avenue near Straight Street. Just twelve hours later, police arrested a man caught in the act of breaking into cars and stealing purses just a block away on Probasco Avenue.
Police say the man, identified as 47-year-old Darryl Engleman, broke into cars outside of two sorority houses on Probasco Street and stole a purse out of one car and took off.
Police chased Engleman down and arrested him at McMicken Street and Marshall Avenue after he took off running after seeing police officers, according to authorities.
"You can definitely be in the wrong place at the wrong time but for the most part if you are smart and aware of your surroundings you are pretty safe," said Haily Olsen.
UC released their crime statistics just last week showing robberies and burglaries are down drastically from two years ago. In 2012, 23 burglaries and 3 robberies were reported on campus. In 2013, only a total of 10 incidents of robbery or burglary were reported on campus. While word of an armed robbery is scary, students say overall they feel safe.
"I live on campus and I've never felt unsafe. I always go with a group and as long as you are smart for the most part you'll be okay," said Alex Hengee.
Engleman was charged with burglary, theft, and possessing criminal tools for his connection to the car break-ins. He is due in court Monday morning at 9 a.m.