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Students Startled by FAMU Robberies

By: FAMU Police Press Release Email
By: FAMU Police Press Release Email

Students Startled by FAMU Robberies
by Danielle Eldredge

Tallahassee, FL -- March 28, 2012 --

A couple of robberies on FAMU's campus has some students on high alert.

The latest incident happened last night. Three men robbed a student at gunpoint.

Famu police say a FAMU student was walking in a parking garage on campus around 11 Tuesday night. That's when three men with a gun told him to hand over his backpack and cell phone.The student gave it to them and the robbers took off.

"Students don't even feel like they're safe on campus and that's like terrible," said FAMU student Raven Whitehead.

"It definitely makes me concerned that it can happen to anyone. It can happen to me one day," said FAMU student Joseph Francis.

Tuesday night's robbery is not an isolated incident.

Last month, campus police say a robber punched a student and tried to grab her purse.

"You're here to get an education but when you have all these other things going on it's kind of hard to focus on that," said Whitehead.

FAMU sends out text alerts to warn students of possible dangers.
So students are learning about these incidents as they're happening.

Although FAMU does have many securities measures, many students say that's just not enough.

"So I feel like there's not enough security or police or something," said Whitehead.

Amidst the crimes, students are taking their own precautions.

"I feel like you should always have somebody with you. Especially girls at night," said Whitehead.

"Be careful, don't walk by yourself walk in groups," said Francis.

This morning Leon County Deputies found a car matching the suspect's vehicle.

A man inside was arrested on unrelated charges. The three robbers are still on the loose.

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL -- March 28, 2012 -- 12:36pm -

Three men robbed a FAMU student at gun point last night.

Police say three men approached the student inside the main parking garage on Wanishway around 10:30 p.m.

Police say one of the men showed a gun. He demanded the student's backpack and cell phone. The student turned them over. He was not hurt. The suspects then fled.

This morning, LCSO found a car matching the suspect's. A person inside was arrested on unrelated charges. Police are still looking for the three men.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL -- March 28, 2012 -- Noon -

There were some anxious moments on FAMU's campus late last night when someone pulled a gun. Around 11pm last night, the FAMU Police Department reported an armed robbery near a campus parking garage. Police are still trying to locate three black males who were near the university parking garage last night with a weapon.

Eyewitness News was told one of the men had a silver handgun.

Text alerts were sent to students to avoid the area and use caution.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL -- March 28, 2012 -- 1am

FAMU has given the "all clear" and says students may resume normal activities. Police are still working on the case at this time.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL -- March 27, 2012 --

FAMU Police are on scene of an armed robbery on campus. The robbery happened at the parking garage on campus.

FAMU police are urging people to use caution and stay out of the area. Authorities say there are three black male suspects, one armed with a silver handgun.


Tallahassee, FL -- March 27, 2012 --

FAMU police are on scene of an armed robbery.

The robbery occurred in a parking garage on campus. No other details are available at this time.

WCTV has a crew heading to the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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