University Police Department officers are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Sept. 1 near the Bobcat Village apartment complex.
According to police officers, a male student was approached by an individual he described as a tall black male at about 9:40 a.m.
Sgt. Alex Villalobos said the victim felt he was in “imminent fear of harm.”
Villalobos said he believes the victim addressed the suspect or was loud and caused attention to be drawn to the assailant to deter him. He said the victim felt the assailant was going to use a weapon, but it is unclear what weapon the suspect could have had or if he had one at all. No property was taken from the victim, Villalobos said.
“The victim was lucky that no robbery did take place and that no one was injured,” Villalobos said.
Investigators are looking into connections between this attempt and a recent string of armed robberies that have occurred around campus. Villalobos said the other robberies occurred during dark hours of the night, but this one was in the morning—a possible reason no robbery actually took place.
“There’s a lot more opportunity for people to see what happened (in the morning)—a lot more opportunity for witnesses,” Villalobos said. “So those types of things come into play.”
Police officers said investigators are looking into a person of interest in connection with the recent robberies around campus. Villalobos said officials are not comfortable with closing the Sept. 1 case and are still looking for more information.
Villalobos said citizens and students should stay in groups, well-lit areas and have a plan in case an emergency happens.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for the identification of the individual responsible for the attempted robbery.