FSU Police Apprehend Robbery Suspect

Tallahassee, Fla. - On April 28, 2012, at about 10:15 p.m., FSU Police
responded to the area of the Westcott Building to investigate a report
of a robbery and attempted robbery by sudden snatching occurring
simultaneously. Four persons who had just attended the symphony at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall were leaving when they were approached by a male, later identified as Narada Phelps, 32.

After contacting the two couples, Phelps suddenly attempted to snatch the purse of a woman, then attempted the take the purse of a second woman. When the second woman resisted, the suspect then grabbed the purse of the first women, took it, and fled. The husband of the woman gave chase but stopped when the suspect
verbally threatened to shoot him.

As officers from the FSUPD and Tallahassee Police Department assisted the victims, other officers swarmed the area, seeking the suspect. Sgt. Thomas Murphy of the FSUPD spotted Phelps in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard near College Avenue. As Phelps exited a car, he matched the description that the victims had given police. Phelps also pulled his shirt off and threw it in the car as he was about to walk away. Sgt. Murphy stopped him and also noted that Phelps way sweating profusely.

Sgt. Murphy lit up the inside of the car and saw a woman's purse and its contents strewn about the inside of the car. Phelps was detained, and the victims positively identified him as the subject who robbed them.

Phelps was arrested for Armed Robbery by Suddenly Snatching (for
implying he had a weapon during the footchase), a second degree felony, and Unarmed Robbery by Sudden Snatching (for the attempt on the second purse), a third-degree felony. All of the victim's belongings were recovered and no actual weapon was found by police. Phelps has no affiliation with FSU.

"Obviously, we hate that the victims in this case had their night
spoiled by this person," said Maj. Jim Russell of the FSUPD, "but we are happy we could help bring resolution to the case with an arrest and recovery of property. We get a great feeling when the good guys win one."


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  • by Lori on May 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    Smh at the ignorance. #teamphelps
  • by Taylor Co. Location: Perry,FL on May 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    Ummm, obviously he is a 1)thug, 2)crook most definitely and 3)criminal. Yes, the law does state that you are innocent until proven guilty, but please tell me what jury would find him innocent when he was found with this womans purse in the car, and identified by the victims?? There is no race card being played here, he is being labeled exactly what he is "A CRIMINAL LOL!" There's no telling how many times he has done it and gotten away with it!! Lock him up I say!!
  • by Anna Location: Atlanta GA on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    Interceding on behalf on all parties involved.
  • by SNA on May 1, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    I too would have expected some type of security outside, but apparently none was provided.
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      by You're hired! on May 1, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to SNA
      Next time why don't you stand out there and watch over and protect every single person, citizen? Be everyone's private bodyguard.
  • by Rebecca on May 1, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Barf, you do know that policing is mostly reactive, right? They can't arrest someone for looking suspicious. Furthermore, you don't have a right to protection by police. Ask the Supreme Court.

    I, for one, am glad they managed to find this guy. Hate all these robbers getting away.
  • by Rebecca on May 1, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    Barf, yportanceou do know that policing is mostly reactive, right? They can't arrest someone for looking suspicious. Furthermore, you don't have a right to protection by police. Ask the Supreme Court.

    I, for one, am glad they managed to find this guy. Hate all these robbers getting away.
  • by me Location: Perry, FL on May 1, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Most of you on here are dumb, ignorant individuals. The law states that you are innocent until proven guilty. I this another racial issue for you?? White people are a trip, looking at cases, seing a black male and jumping to conclusions. This man is not a thug, crook or criminal. Please learn to listen to ALL the facts before you chime in with your race slated comments. Many of you hide behind a keyboard to voice your racial tilted views but in public you act as if your love the Lord and all mankind. Hipocrits, when you go to Heaven if you make it how would you feel is Jesus is a black man? I mean real black.....in the HOOD in HEAVEN........with a hoody on? Would you rather go to HELL? If you don't change your mindset and attitudes that is where you will be heading!!! We are all one people, one race and all LOVED and created by GOD.............
    • reply
      by SNA on May 1, 2012 at 08:55 AM in reply to me
      What a ridiculous and contradictory post.
  • by lakeliving on May 1, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    Great job!
  • by Great Work on May 1, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Nice job, now make an example out of him.
  • by Commonsense Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM
    Nice, now lock the thug up and throw away the key! This guy, and ALL others like him, are nothing but parasites, a cancer on society and needs to be delt with. I getting tired of seeing the same thing on the news day in and day out. Please, put me on a jury, I'll have no problem reaching a verdict.
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      by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 04:45 AM in reply to Commonsense
      1 out of 12 is not enough to convict.
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