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Crime Bulletin - 700 block of University Way

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 05:46 PM
The Florida State University Police Department is investigating a robbery by sudden snatching that occurred in the 700 block of University Way on FSU’s main campus.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at approximately 9:35 AM, an unknown male suspect robbed the victim, a current FSU student, while walking on a sidewalk in the green space south of University Way near Landis Hall. The victim was walking south on the sidewalk in the direction of W. Jefferson Street looking down at their cell phone. The suspect approached the victim in the green space, pushed the victim, and snatched the victim’s cell phone from their hand. The suspect ran east and entered a vehicle that was driving slowly, east on University Way. Once the suspect entered the vehicle, the vehicle quickly fled the area. The last known direction of travel for the vehicle was east on Jefferson Street toward Copeland Street. The victim was unharmed, and no weapons were observed during the robbery.

The suspect is described as the following:

Black male, approximately 6’0’’, athletic build, short afro, wearing a black shirt.

The vehicle is described as the following:

Silver/Gray, Ford, four door sedan, Florida Tag 82285Z

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Corporal Paluszek at 850-354-1798 at the Florida State University Police Department.

Robbery Prevention Tips:

* Always pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid becoming absorbed in listening to music, phone applications, or other distractions.

* Show confidence, don’t look like an easy target. Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up and avoid carrying lots of packages…It can make you look defenseless.

* Do not travel on foot alone. If possible, use resources like SAFE Escort or Nole cab.

* Avoid isolated locations. Stay in well lit, well populated areas. Criminals most often seek isolated persons to victimize.

* Report suspicious behavior and activities immediately to police. If you see something, say something.

If You Are Robbed:

* Remain calm.

* Make personal safety the number one priority. Money and property can be replaced.

* Carefully observe the physical characteristics of the robber. Be a good witness. Note as much detail about the suspect(s) as possible. (Age, race, height, facial hair, speech, clothing, odor, etc.)

* When it is safe, notify the police by calling 911 or use a Campus Blue Light telephone.

* Police dispatch will ask for the location of the robbery, whether anyone is injured, the exact time the robber(s) left and their direction of travel, the kind of weapon used, description of the vehicle, the robber(s) description, their clothing, appearance or unique features, money or items taken, and other information to assist responding officers.

* Protect the scene of the crime. Be careful not to touch anything to avoid destroying evidence.

* Ask any witnesses to stay until police arrive. If they cannot stay, get their name, address and phone number.

* Write down all suspect information immediately and do not discuss the robbery with others until questioned by the police. Comparing notes could cause memories to be skewed.
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