University Police are searching for a man who robbed the campus library Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday night.
UP said a black male entered through the unlocked rear entry of the Starbucks around 11:19 p.m. while clerk Gabriel Brown was counting the cash for the day. The suspect ordered Brown to the ground and hit him in the back of the head before taking an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing by foot.
The suspect was said to be wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a possible local high school name printed on the front and green pants with a reflective stripe down the side.
According to UP, it is uncertain what type of gun the suspect used, but Ross said it may have been a revolver.
Representatives from the Aramark Corporation, the food service provider for USF, were unable to comment on the details due to the current police investigation. Brown, reached at his home on Wednesday, said “I’m O.K. now,” but refused to comment any further.
Two Starbucks employees anonymously commented on the robbery but said they haven’t been told much about last night’s incident.
“There are basically only two guys working over the summer, which is part of the reason we’re all a bit rattled,” said one employee.
They said Brown was the only worker on duty at the time, but there are usually two or three people who close at the end of the night.
Ross is encouraging students and faculty to take proper crime prevention steps if they happen to view any irregular activities.
“We will be increasing our patrol of the area,” Ross said. “If anyone sees anything suspicious they should call 911 so that UP can get involved.”