UNF: Woman robbed 3 students near campus

Author: Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Published On: Oct 21 2013 11:19:46 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2013 09:30:42 PM EDT
UNF police
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Police in Jacksonville are investigating an armed robbery of three University of North Florida students near the campus early Sunday morning.

In a message to faculty, staff and students, university officials said the students told police they were in the area of Kernan Boulevard and First Coast Technology Parkway walking toward Osprey Fountains when they were approached by a woman with a gun.

The students said the woman demanded money. They told police they complied and the woman fled on foot, heading south on Kernan.

The woman is described as white with blonde hair, 5 foot 3 inches tall and wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to call the University Police Department at 904-620-2800, as it is assisting the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office with the investigation.In the meantime, crime alert fliers have gone up all over campus, and students are on high alert.

"Campus seems really safe. But to have something like that happen, it makes you wonder, how safe are we?" UNF student Allie Simmerman.

UNF police want to remind students that if there's trouble, they need to remember they can use the emergency call boxes around campus. They also want students to remember to lock their cars and be aware of their surroundings.

UNF Interim Police Chief Bill Strudel points out that in the last three years, the university has been dogged by false reports about robberies, and in one case, a sexual battery. He said for now, there's no reason to believe this case isn't legitimate. And the department is pulling out all the stops.

"We don't leave any stone unturned until we discover what happened or didn't happen," Strudel said. "I don't want to discourage anybody, thinking you won't be believed if you have to report something."