UT police asking for help identifying suspects connected to morning robbery

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — UT police are asking for information regarding a violent robbery Wednesday morning on campus.

UTPD says the robbery happened around 3:15 a.m. in front of the Carothers Residence Hall at 2501 Whitis Avenue.

A student told police that walking down Whitis that a person grabbed his attention, and while he was distracted another person ripped his shorts off. The student says a third man then hit him in the head with a gun.

Police say the suspects took off with everything that had been in the student’s shorts pockets.

The attackers are described as Hispanic men who left the scene in a white truck. UTPD Sergeant Robert Land says detectives are reviewing security footage to determine in which direction they took off.

“A lot of people get shaken up when we have something like this so close to a dormitory on campus, so we do our best,” Land said. ” We’ve sent our district representative out there, just to talk to people, let them know what resources are available to them, make sure they understand what the police department is doing to help keep them safe.”

UTPD said Wednesday it had increased patrols around the honors quad. Officers are also encouraging students to take advantage of safety resources.

“Some of our students are going to be up late studying for tests,” Land said, “And sometimes, that means having to walk late at night or do other things that other people might tell them, ‘Hey, try to avoid.’ We try to focus on solutions for them. Use SURE Ride, use SURE Walk, use the folks that can help you combat that problem, and if all else fails, call us. “We’ve done that plenty of times– we give people rides to and from campus all the time just because we have an officer available to do it, and if it solves that problem, we’re happy to help.”

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call UTPD at 512-471-4441 ext. 9, or APD at 512-974-2000.

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