Press Release: Florida State University
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University Police bike officer on patrol early Saturday, Oct. 12, at about 2:40 a.m. on the west side of campus noticed a subject matching the description of a robbery suspect that the City of Tallahassee Police Department had broadcast to area police agencies.
When the officer made contact with the subject, later described as Marcus Jenkins, 20, Jenkins took flight on the bicycle that he was riding. The Florida State officer gave chase on his bicycle when Jenkins allegedly drew a firearm and pointed it at the officer. The pursuing officer radioed back-up officers who were quickly converging on the area and as a second officer arrived on the scene, Jenkins reportedly pointed a firearm at the second officer as well.
Both officers reported that they held their fire due to their proximity to nearby campus residence halls. The chase generally shifted south across campus and near the band practice fields. The first officer was again in pursuit of the suspect and witnessed him throw what appeared to be a firearm over the fence of the band practice field. A third FSU police officer intercepted the suspect and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.
The suspect momentarily complied, then attempted to get back up against officer orders, and he was subsequently tased and taken into custody. Officers checking the area of the band practice field did recover a Jericho 6mm handgun, which as seized as evidence. The entire chase lasted about three-and-a-half minutes.
Arrested is Marcus A. Jenkins, 20, no FSU affiliation. He is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, two counts (felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (felony), Possession of a Weapon on School Property (felony), Carrying a Concealed Firearm (felony), Trespassing (misdemeanor), and Resisting Arrest Without Violence (misdemeanor).
Subsequent to the FSU Police apprehension, Tallahassee Police immediately followed up with the original robbery victim who identified Jenkins as the person who robbed him at gunpoint at about 2:15 a.m. in the area of Wadsworth Street and Charlotte Street. Jenkins was then charged with Armed Robbery as well.