UCF student arrested after campus snatchings
A UCF student was arrested on campus Wednesday on felony charges of robbery, petit theft, battery and resisting an officer.
Anthony Sebastian Velascogomez, 20, was handcuffed outside the campus Chick-fil-A around 3 p.m. after the UCF Police Department was alerted to a sudden snatching in front of the Student Union, according to the arrest affidavit.
One witness told deputies he was eating lunch when Velascogomez, a UCF student who started this semester, sat at the table and snatched his food. The witness was able to get his food back and then saw the suspect take another man's cellphone.
The owner of the cellphone, valued at $250, told deputies he was sitting outside the Union's Pegasus Ballroom when Velascogomez walked by, took his phone and put it in his pocket. The victim was able to retrieve his phone when it rang and the suspect took it out of his pocket. Velascogomez then shoved him and walked away.
Both witnesses plan to press charges.
In the affidavit, officer Hugh Carpenter claimed the suspect resisted orders to put his hands behind his back. Back-up officers were called to the scene and were able to spread the suspect flat on the ground and handcuff him.
Velascogomez was allegedly involved in two other robberies reported to UCF PD, said agency spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin. Reports for those incidents are not ready at this time.
With six counts listed against him on the arrest affidavit, Velascogomez was taken to Orange County Jail Wednesday on $1,550 bond. He requested appointment of a public defender, according to Orange County court records.
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