KETR Local
2:08 am
Fri April 10, 2009

A&M-Commerce professor robbed in Longview

Commerce – An instructor at Texas A&M University-Commerce is robbed at gunpoint at a Longview hotel room.

Todd Goranson, Assistant Professor of Music at A&M-Commerce, was in town performing with the Longview Symphony Orchestra. Goranson, of Royse City, is a professional bassoonist with the symphony.

The Longview News-Journal reports Goranson was returning to his hotel room Wednesday after a rehearsal, carrying his bassoon, when he was approached by two men, one of which had what looked like a semi-automatic pistol.

The suspects reportedly tried to get into Goranson's room, but the electronic key card would not work. They took the instrument, Goranson's jacket, his wallet and his cell phone before fleeing by car. A third man was said to be driving the car. Goranson was not injured.

Goranson had to play a borrowed bassoon during performance Thursday. He'll be back in Longview Saturday for the orchestra's final performance of the season.

Goranson has been performing with the Longview Symphony Orchestra for the past four years. He also plays with several other orchestras throughout the state.