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[UPDATE] Two Armed Robberies Near FAMU's Campus

By: Eyewitness News Team, Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Eyewitness News Team, Danielle Sommerfeld Email

[UPDATE] 3/21 6:55 p.m.

A string of robberies plagued Florida A&M University Friday and again on Sunday.

Campus and Tallahassee Police officers are investigating the incidents but still have not made any arrests.

Students and faculty at FAMU are trying to figure out how their campus turned into a crime scene so quickly.

Just after 5 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot of Truth Hall at FAMU.

Police say a man robbed a woman and fled the scene.

Chief of police Calvin Ross says they suspect a Latin male in his 20's was involved in that armed robbery.

Another robbery took place near campus Sunday on Railroad Avenue, while the other involved a violent act towards a student.

It happened on campus as the student was walking home in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Calvin Ross says, "He observed a four door light gray early model sedan that passed by him rather slowly, but then as he turned to walk North from Wanish Way to Orange Avenue. A male described by him as a black male walked up behind him and put a gun to the back of his head, and demanded any cash he may have had in his possession."

But thanks to the campuses fast response to emergencies, students were quickly notified of the threat at their school.

Adam Badger says, "I get the alerts sent to my phone , and they usually come within 5 minutes after the event has occurred."

Chief Ross advises students and faculty to be extra vigilant and not let their guard down.

Ross Says, "Don't walk alone. If you got to be out, don't carry large amounts of cash. Don't flash jewelry, don't flash money, don't do something that would make yourself more of a target."

If you have any information please contact Florida A&M University Police at 850.599.3256
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FAMU's Department of Public Safety has just released the following news alert:

"Two armed robberies have occurred near the FAMU campus area in the last 24 hours, please use caution.."

We will bring you more information on the robberies as it becomes available.


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