Robbery forces closure of Ohio U. campus

Ohio University’s men’s basketball game vs. Eastern Michigan was postponed after an armed robbery near campus forced a campus closure.

The school shut down operations for the day while the robbery suspect remains at large.

According to the Athens Messenger, police were searching for the man who robbed a woman at gunpoint, stealing $5, at an apartment complex Wednesday morning, according to the Athens Messenger newspaper.

“I do understand the importance of gun control and how serious incidents like these are,” Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy told the Detroit Free Press. “I truly respect the decision of Ohio University’s president and the importance of apprehending the suspect. The school shut down every building on campus. If you do that, you should take away basketball, as well.

At 12:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Ohio University posted the following statement on its website: “In light of the fact that the armed fugitive that was spotted in the Athens campus vicinity has not been apprehended, the President (Dr. Roderick J. McDavis) has decided as a precautionary measure to close the Athens campus. All classes are cancelled, all students will be asked to return to their residences, and all non-essential employees should return home. Unless notified otherwise, classes and normal work activities will resume Thursday at their normal times.”

The Eastern Michigan at Ohio game has officially been rescheduled and will be played Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Ohio (15-5 overall, 6-0 in MAC) faces first-placed Akron (15-4, 6-0) in a nationally-televised showdown on Saturday.

— FOX Sports Detroit contributed to this report