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Police: Suspect arrested, two others sought in armed robbery on USF campus

TAMPA — Police arrested a suspect early Sunday who they say robbed a University of South Florida student at gunpoint.

Police did not release the suspect's name because he is a juvenile, said University of South Florida police spokesman Lt. Chris Daniel.

The suspect, who Daniel said is not a USF student, was found off campus and faces an armed robbery charge. Police were still seeking two other male suspects.

About 9:40 p.m. Saturday, a USF student was sitting in his car in a campus parking lot off Fletcher Avenue.

While coordinating plans to meet with a friend, the student was approached by three robbers, at least two of them armed, Daniel said.

The robbers demanded money, and the student complied. Daniel estimated the trio took about $100 worth of the student's property.

The robbers ran away, heading west off campus, police said. The student was not injured.

USF police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office searched the area with patrol and air units. Universitywide text and e-mail alerts were sent after the incident.

The remaining two robbers were not believed to still be on campus, Daniel said. Anyone with information on the case was asked to call USF police at (813) 974-2628.

"This is just one of these times," Daniel said, "that we encourage students and others in the USF community to remain vigilant and be cognizant of what goes on around you."

Police: Suspect arrested, two others sought in armed robbery on USF campus 10/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:33pm]
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