Juveniles arrested after confrontation with Mercer University students

Two juveniles are in custody after Mercer University students confronted them as they tried to break into a car on campus.

The suspects, who were not identified, ran from the students after the confrontation about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Larry Brumley, Mercer’s senior vice president for marketing communications.

One of the suspects pulled out a gun at some point during the encounter, which took place in a parking lot near the University Center and intramural fields.

Mercer police arrested one of the suspects on campus.

Bibb County deputies were called for help locating the other suspect, who was found hiding behind a loading dock near the campus dining hall, according to a sheriff’s office release.

Deputies found a small handgun hidden under pine straw near where the second suspect was captured.

Brumley said the campus had experienced a rash of car break-ins over the past weekend in the parking lot where the students confronted the suspects.

No one was injured in the incident, and no shots were fired.

Students were informed of the incident by text alert, Brumley said.

Mercer University police are investigating the case.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.