Thursday, December 12

Police report arrest of man connected to armed robberies

Police arrested a man in connection with two armed robberies near and on campus, hours after they occurred early Saturday morning, according to a university statement released today.

At about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, two students were robbed at gunpoint, one at 400 Midvale Ave. and one near the Tom Bradley International Hall at 417 Charles E. Young Drive.

One of the students saw the license plate number of the silver Toyota coupe the men used to flee the scene, according to the statement. UCPD detectives arrested the car’s owner at his home on Saturday and recovered a cell phone stolen from one of the students.

No one was hurt in either robbery, according to a statement from university police released today. University police are currently investigating the robberies.

The man who was arrested was described in a UCPD report as black, 18-22 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and black clothing. A second man described in connection to the robberies was described in the report as black, 22-27 years old, 5 feet 2 inches 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a muscular build and dark clothing.

Police recommend students remain aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone or in unlit areas at night.

If confronted by a robber, UCPD recommends students comply with the person’s requests and obtain a detailed description of the person.
Anyone with information about the robberies can contact UCPD at (310) 825-1491.

Compiled by Erin Donnelly, Bruin senior staff.

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