Police search for armed robber near UF


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida alert system reported an armed robbery at 1240 Southwest 9th Road near the Campus View Apartments around 1:45 a.m. Friday morning.

A female UF student was walking home when she was confronted by a man armed with a revolver on the second floor of the apartment complex, the Gainesville Police Department said.

According to police, the man demanded her purse and her iPhone. The victim through the items at the man, he ran down the stairs and she fled to her apartment, police said.

Witness said the man possibly got into a gray Honda CRV that was waiting. The University of Florida Police Department found a gray Honda CRV with a person matching the robber's description, but the victim was not able to positively identify the robber.

The robber is described as a man with short dreadlocks, wearing a black short-sleeved shirt and khaki pants, who is armed with a handgun. He is around 20 years old and is about 6 feet tall.

Police have cleared the scene and said the area is secure.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 911.