Jefferson Junior High School Student Reflects on Wednesday's Assault After Helping the Victim

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago November 10, 2012 Nov 10, 2012 Saturday, November 10 2012 Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:16:00 PM CST in News
By: Kerry Leary

COLUMBIA- It was just a normal day at cheerleading practice for eighth-grader Cindy Robb until she heard someone yelling, "help" in the parking lot near Jefferson Junior High School.

"The woman came across the street running, she was bleeding from her head and blood was all over," Robb said. "I brought her inside with my friends and I said, 'wait here with my friends. I'm going to find some help and some towels.'"

Robb ran from classroom to classroom looking for teachers to help and finally found a staff meeting.

"I asked them please come with me and help me," Robb said. "My brain was going one thousand miles an hour. I was just going on the loudest thought in my head and I followed that."

The police were contacted and Robb sat with her cheerleading squad until the police came, noting it was scary because the alleged robber was still outside, as were Jefferson Junior High School students who were participating in extra-curricular activities.

"I told the teachers we really needed to get everyone inside so nothing else would happen," Robb said. "It was weird. I saw [the robber] outside."

School officials put the school on temporary lockdown at 3:30 p.m.

According to the Columbia Police Department, Marquez Marshall confronted the employee in the parking lot and punched the employee in the face when she wouldn't give him her car keys.

Robb's father, Matthew Robb, says even though the situation was scary, he is proud of his daughter for responding so well during an emergency situation.

"I've always taught the kids to stand up for the right thing and to help people in need as much as you can," Matthew Robb said. "I'd like to think that she maybe heard that and reacted to it the right way."

Marshall, 17, turned himself in Wednesday evening and was arrested under suspicion of robbery and assault. The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.

"It was a thoughtless act. You automatically think of the person in need and not yourself in danger," Matthew Robb said. "I guess that's what courage is."

School officials told KOMU Thursday they're planning on stepping up security after the incident.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A person suspected of robbing a St. Louis County bank has been arrested after leading police... More >>
4 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 1:15:06 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For years, the Missouri Department of Transportation has said it doesn't have enough money. Now, the department... More >>
8 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:32:00 PM CDT in News
MEXICO - Officials arrested two people Thursday after finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia while searching a Mexico home. ... More >>
10 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 7:11:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA – Columbia sewers are getting an upgrade in May as the utilities department finalizes the design plans for the... More >>
11 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill with a number of provisions aimed at expanding access... More >>
11 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A measure aimed at helping ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri... More >>
12 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:20:33 PM CDT in News
HAMILTON (AP) — A grain-handling operation is being planned in Caldwell County. The project is a joint venture... More >>
12 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:09:00 PM CDT in News
ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a man sleeping... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:03:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A new job description for the next University of Missouri System president says that whoever enters the... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Patrick Totten has been making memories in Columbia for almost three decades. He lived in Columbia since... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:34:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bank robber who left a trail of cash as he ran from the scene of the... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:31:04 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Legislature has authorized nearly $1 billion for maintaining state property and constructing new buildings. ... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:28:01 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City Correctional Center offender pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting a female correctional officer. Joshua... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:22:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Dozens gathered at the Capitol to support reproductive and preventive health services. The group gave a... More >>
13 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:21:00 PM CDT in News
MEXICO - A Mexico resident won a top prize of $30,000 off Missouri Lottery Scratchers Tuesday. Jacqueline Duckworth bought... More >>
14 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:01:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Three men were arrested by the Camden County Sheriff's Office, accusing them of lacing Sour Patch Kids... More >>
14 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:41:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BOONVILLE - Sheriffs arrested three Boonville residents after multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a narcotics search early Thursday morning. ... More >>
15 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Any licensed educator in Missouri may soon have the option to complete annual training in youth suicide... More >>
15 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:30:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
7am 46°
8am 52°
9am 59°
10am 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
6:00a
Are We There Yet?
6:30a
Are We There Yet?
7:00a
Intelligence for Your Life

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Adele Live in New York City
8:30p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries
8:00p
The Originals
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld