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Attempted robbery still under investigation

An attempted robbery outside of the College of Public Health on Saturday night is still under investigation by University Police. ORACLE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

An attempted robbery took place outside of the College of Public Health building Saturday night. 

A USF student was approached by a suspect described as a “black male, 18 years old or younger, wearing dark baggie pants, no shirt with a red, gold and green hat,” according to an alert from University Police (UP).  The suspect claimed he had a firearm, though none was seen.

The suspect demanded money from the student, who screamed, causing the suspect to flee west from campus. At 8:22 p.m., UP received a call from the victim to report the attempted robbery. Officers were dispatched to the area and met with the victim.

“We notified the surrounding jurisdictions; we put out a description, according to … the victim … and the other agencies joined us in a search of the area,” UP Captain Mike Klingebiel said. 

The victim was not injured. Klingebiel said UP is still waiting on the official report outlining the details of the incident and its investigation.

As of right now, Klingebiel said there are no new developments and no new information. 

“When that changes, we will be putting that (information) out,” he said. 

Students are encouraged to utilize safety resources on campus and use 911 to report suspicious activity.