UP searches for suspect in on-campus armed robbery

An armed suspect approached a student on campus Tuesday night in parking lot 5E, which is located just southeast of the new Maple Suites residence halls.

The suspect, described as a 20-25-year-old black male, carried a gun, University Police said.

Sgt. Mike Klingebiel, public information officer for University Police, said the incident took place around 9 p.m. as the student was exiting his vehicle and gathering belongings from the car. The suspect approached him and asked if he had any “weed” or knew where to get some.

Klingebiel said the police report states that the student told the suspect “no,” and the suspect then reached in the back of his waistband and pulled out a gun. The suspect tucked the gun back into the front of his waistband and told the student to get back into the car.

The suspect got into the driver’s side of the car and the student got into the front passenger’s side, according to the police report. The suspect pulled out the firearm a second time while seated, pointed the gun at the student’s head and took his cash.

Klingebiel said the suspect is described between 6’1″ — 6’2″ and 230-240 pounds, with an almost-shaven head. He was last seen wearing dark, baggy jeans and a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect fled on foot eastbound from the parking lot.

Klingebiel could not recall the last time an armed robbery took place on campus, but said there have been incidents on campus when suspects have taken victims’ property.

The case is still ongoing, Klingebiel said.

“We are still in the beginning stages of the investigation,” he said. “We were lucky with this case to come out with a lot of detail in the hopes of generating leads.”

Klingebiel sent out a community-wide crime alert Wednesday afternoon on the USF PD listserv, but there had been no developments or leads on the case Wednesday night.

The USF PD is asking anyone with information pertaining to the case to contact the department at 813-974-2628 or place an anonymous call to the TIPS line at 813-974-TIPS.