FSU Alert - Feb. 1, 2012 -
On January 31, 2012 at about 8pm, the FSU Police Department responded to a report of a “fight” outside the front doors of Kellum Hall. Upon arrival, officers ascertained that the incident was in fact, a strong-arm robbery. The victim advised that just prior to the robbery, he had just sold a phone that he had advertised on Craigslist, and the sale took place near the FSU Bookstore. The victim said that while the sale transaction went smoothly, he noticed out of the corner of his eye that a male was watching. After the sale, the victim put the sale money in his wallet and jogged home to Kellum Hall. As he approached the front door, he noted the male was behind him. The victim told police that the male asked, “Do you want to buy some weed?”. The victim refused and took as he took his door swipe entry card out, the suspect’s eyes were fixated on his wallet. The suspect then suddenly grabbed the victim’s wallet and phone, and the victim grabbed the suspect’s wrist and went to the ground. As the victim called for assistance, the suspect kicked the victim, gained control of the wallet and fled. Witnesses who were nearby witnessed portions of the incident and gave statements to police. There is information that the suspect ran into two unidentified white females as he fled, who may also be witnesses. Police have not linked the Craigslist transaction to the robbery at this time, although this possibility is being examined as part of the investigation. No weapons were displayed or implied during this offense.
The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case and other steps including, but not limited to, increased patrols around residence halls are being taken. This case does not appear related to other recent strong-arm robberies reported to the FSUPD. Certain other operations are being conducted by the FSUPD as well, however details cannot be conveyed publicly at this time.
The description of the suspect varies according to the victim and witnesses:
Victim description of suspect – Male, black, HT 5’10”, stocky build, full lips/mouth, short hair, about 1”-2” long, wearing a thick flannel type jacket and shorts.
Witness 1 description of suspect – Male, black, HT 5’8” – 5’10”, wearing a jacket and jeans.
Witness 2 description of suspect – Male, black, HT 5’9”, wearing blue shorts, white undershirt, multicolored jacket, and a necklace.