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One robbery suspect likely responsible for putting UofL on alert

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The crime text alert sent to UofL students. The crime text alert sent to UofL students.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville Police say the same man likely committed three robberies on or near campus this week.

The man showed a gun at two of the incidents and knocked a woman to the ground in a third crime. He stole cash, cell phones and other items from five victims, all Louisville students.

"The description of the suspect is very similar in all three cases," Assistant Police Chief Kenny Brown said. "We're looking at the possibility that the same person committed all three."

The victims gave similar descriptions of a light-skinned black man in his 20s, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He wore a black hoodie and dark pants, police said.

Both University and Louisville Metro police are both involved in the investigations.

The first case happened around 10 p.m. November 18 when a man was walking alone near Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The suspect came up, pointed a gun, and stole the victim's backpack.

The next day, the suspect struck twice. In the first incident, he threw a woman to the ground around 6 p.m. at the corner of Fourth and Lee streets, taking her cell phone and backpack. Later that night, the man robbed three students of their belongings in the parking lot behind Bettie Johnson Hall, a campus dorm, while displaying a gun.

The incidents prompted text and email alerts to students.

"We always ask people to stay in packs, especially when they're traveling," Brown said. "We have an escort service, and we encourage them to use the escort service."

Students said they usually followed that advice while walking alone at night, but many felt unsettled because of the robberies.

"It definitely concerns me," said Jordan Green, who lives near where one of the robberies occurred. "I'm always on the lookout, especially riding my bike through here or walking back from class."

Another student, Denaiya Tyus, said she usually carries pepper spray in her backpack.

"I surround myself with people I know, who I feel safe around," said Tyus. "It's too bad because there are young kids who live around here too, and this isn't good for them."

If students or residents nearby the campus see anything suspicious or have tips about the robbery cases, University of Louisville Police asked them to call 852-6111.

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