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'Better' sketch released of suspect in GSU library robberies

ATLANTA -- Officials at Georgia State University are addressing questions about campus security after they say the same person robbed students at gunpoint multiple times in the University's library.

Thursday, they released a new sketch and are now offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the man accused of stealing laptops and cellphones from students in the library. In all five students have been robbed at the library.

Two weeks ago, officials released a sketch of the suspect but said the new one is more accurate.

GSU President Mark Becker and Mullis took questions from the audience and on social media, during the panel discussion.

Becker said the school is considering using fingerprint scanning as an alternative to the student ID card system in place now for access to the library. Fingerprint scanning is already being used in the college cafeteria.

“It would be a more efficient way because of the rate of traffic we have in the library. At peak times we get about 43 students a minutes coming through the library access,” Becker said.

"I definitely feel a lot better about it... knowing that they’re going to be putting the fingerprint technology in the library," said Jasmyne Moody, a senior.


Questions about metal detectors also came up but Becker said detectors coupled with the library's high volume would make it feel like Hartsfield -Jackson at rush hour.

Mullis said the university is also updating it's camera system for efficiency and to allow for mobile monitoring. He said the school has more than 1,000 cameras, none of which took a picture of the suspect.

After the town hall meeting, students said they felt better about security issues.

"(I feel) relatively safe. Most of the time, said Tara Dixon, a freshman.

Officials have also temporarily closed their library to the public while they get a handle on the security issues.

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