Timely Warning

Published: September 16th, 2018

Category: Gainesville Timely Warning

The following information was reported to the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) and is being distributed to the campus community due to the crime’s close proximity to the University of Florida campus:

An armed robbery was reported to the Gainesville Police Department in the parking lot of 117 NW 15th St. on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at approximately 7:51 AM.

The victim was outside in a parking lot when he was approached by two suspects who presented a handgun and demanded his money/property. The victim and suspects got into a struggle for control of the handgun and a shot was fired. No one was struck by the bullet, but the victim sustained injuries as a result of the struggle with the suspects. After the shot was fired, the suspects fled to a vehicle described as a 2006-8 BMW or Mercedes and were last seen driving north on NW 14th St. from NW 1st Ave.

The suspects are described as two black males with one being tall and heavy set and the other being short and heavy set. The handgun used in the robbery was described as silver in color.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may know the suspects identity is asked to call the Gainesville Police Department at 352-955-1818 or text keyword GPDFL plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP (7867).

The UFPD firmly believes that crime is never the fault of the victim. These general safety tips are provided in an effort to assist members of the UF community.

If you become a victim of crime, please contact law enforcement immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Immediately report any suspicious person or activity to law enforcement.

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is particularly true if you are wearing headphones and may not be able to hear someone near or behind you.

If someone bothers you, don’t be embarrassed to attract attention to yourself. Yell!

Do not allow anyone to follow you in your residence as you enter.

Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, or entryways.

If possible, walk with others to your destination.

If you observe any suspicious person or activity, immediately contact law enforcement by calling 9.1.1.

For questions regarding information contained in this release, please contact Lieutenant Jeff Moran at (352) 273-3301. If after hours, please call (352) 392-1111 (# UFPD (#8373) and ask to speak to a Patrol Supervisor. I can also be reached via e-mail at: jdmoran@ufl.edu or see the UFPD webpage at http://www.police.ufl.edu.

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