UCF student robbed at gunpoint inside Tivoli apartment
A UCF student was robbed at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after two assailants allegedly entered his unlocked apartment at Tivoli Apartments near campus.
The suspects, described as one black male and one black or Hispanic male, both around 5-foot-10 and in their early 20s, were discovered when the student confronted them in the hallway of his apartment after being awoken by a loud bang, according to a police report. One of the men reportedly pointed a gun in the student’s face and ordered him to return to his room and lie down on his bed.
The same man then asked the student, “Where the money at, where’s it at, I’ll [expletive] shoot you.”
The student indicated a coffee can that contained approximately $75. The assailants took the can, the student’s wallet and his laptop before dashing out of the apartment and out of sight.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is currently testing the power cord of the student’s laptop, which one of the suspects unplugged, for DNA evidence.
UPDATE: Tivoli Apartments sent the following statement to its residents this afternoon:
Good Afternoon Tivoli Residents,
Early this morning there was a robbery that took place in our community in an unlocked apartment.
At this time, we do not have a lot of details to share; however, we are working with the Seminole County Sheriff's Department and the UCF Police Department to arrange a meeting on neighborhood safety. Information will be forthcoming once a date and time has been confirmed.
As always, please make sure you lock your apartment door (even if you are visiting a neighbor or taking the trash out) and that you are aware of your surroundings when coming and going from your apartment. If you see anything suspicious, please call 911.
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