A UNC Charlotte police officer is out of the hospital after being seriously injured while chasing a robber on campus last week.
Officer Kasey Lowe was pursuing Tabari Grant, 19, who Chief of Police Jeffrey Baker says was a common thief on campus.
“There had been a particular subject that we had been wanting to interview for some time in reference to a series of thefts from students and staff,” said Baker.
Baker said that Lowe spotted Grant close to the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex and began pursuing him on foot Aug. 24.
“She gave chase right in that area where there is a lot of construction for Craver Road, for the conversion,” said Baker. “And she tripped and she struck her head directly on the concrete curb.”
The fall knocked Lowe unconscious immediately. Baker says when she regained consciousness she was unable to grasp where she was.
Lowe was transported to the hospital and was in intensive care for two days.
“She sustained a severe concussion, with a small amount of bleeding but it was controlled,” said Baker.
Lowe has been released from the hospital and Baker said she is recovering from her injuries.
Baker noted that the campus community was quick to show support for Lowe and the police department.
“It was really nice the number of people that were concerned about her and wanted to make sure she was okay, sent well wishes, sent letters,” said Baker.
Baker said that Grant was arrested and confessed to 14 burglaries and that he is a convicted felon.
Grant told police this about his thefts on campus, “I blend right in, this is easy. Everyone is really nice, that is what I like.”
Baker also shared that at the time of his arrest, Grant was wearing clothes that he had stolen from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus.
“He (Grant) told us that he trolls the campus and he looks for offices that are not secured, he goes to the Student Union and looks around and waits for a student to get up to go use the restroom,” explained Baker. “If they do that, he goes immediately into action and will grab their laptop.”
Grant is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 8.