UT Arlington student robbed outside campus apartments

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A student said he was robbed at gunpoint outside apartments on the University of Texas in Arlington campus.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday at the Centennial Court Apartments near Mitchell and Cooper streets.

The students told police a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Honda, pulled up next to him and a gunman demanded cash and his phone. The SUV then drove off. The student was not hurt.

UTA police only have a vague description of the suspects. The victim described both suspects as African American and says one of them was wearing a black hoodie and had short hair and facial hair. They’re hoping to find surveillance video or witnesses for more details.

While no students were hurt, the crime is reminding others on and near campus to always stay on alert.

“That's really sad because a lot of on-campus students and off-campus students stay on this street,” said student Abhijwt Kulkarmi.

"The awareness is mainly what I think about,” said Joseph Fike, a student who lives nearby. “That way, I can keep my eyes looking over my shoulder around this area just in case because I know there's been activity."

The crime alert has some students thinking a change of attitude is needed.

"Even if you're fairly aware of your surroundings, everybody listens to their headphones. Everybody doesn't pay attention often,” said student Garrison O’Conner. "Anybody could do whatever if you're not paying attention."

UTA police investigators are cautioning students to be aware of their surroundings at all times. They are asking students to avoid walking alone to evening classes and to call campus police for a security escort if they are uncomfortable walking alone.

UTA police are also increasing patrols in the area.