UCF student injured after home invasion in Knights Circle
A student was injured after an armed home invasion took place at Knights Circle early Friday.
Police say an invader forced his way into the UCF-affiliated housing about 2 a.m. with a gun and robbed the home. According to a release from the UCF Police Department, the man encountered a student, and a call was placed to the police reporting a verbal fight with a gun. The student is being treated for a wound to the head.
"He is conscious, alert and speaking with detectives. He does not appear to know the suspect," the release states.
An investigation is ongoing to find the suspect, who police say is a black man about 5-feet, 11-inches tall. Witnesses described the man as having dreadlocks and wearing baggy pants, gray shorts and a black shirt. The release states he took off in a red or dark-colored sedan, similar to a Volkswagen Jetta, with another man. The alleged accomplice is described as also being a black male with a shaved head.
Students, faculty and staff were notified of the incident via the UCF Alert emergency notification system.
Police are asking that if the public has any information relating to this incident, call 407-823-5555.
The incident follows another armed invasion that occurred at the apartment complex in July. In that situation, an armed gunman entered a home where the door was propped open. The man demanded money from the residents, but no injuries were reported. Police said the man escaped near building 29. Courtney Gilmartin, public information officer for the UCF PD, said the two incidents are not believed to be related.
"At this point there doesn't appear to be a connection, but this morning's incident remains under active investigation," Gilmartin said.
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