Police: FIU student robbed by crooks in parking garage

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating after a student was robbed by two crooks inside a parking garage at Florida International University.

FIU Police sent an alert urging the community to avoid Parking Garage 6 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC), Friday morning.

Officials said the victim returned to campus after withdrawing money from an ATM at the Wells Fargo near West Flagler Street and Southwest 107th Avenue in Sweetwater.

“He took some money from a cash machine. He was followed back on to campus,” said FIU Police Capt. Delrish Moss.

As the student headed to Parking Garage 6, police said, he was followed by two armed men.

Surveillance video captured a dark colored Honda sedan boxing in the victim’s car moments after he parked. A man seen wearing a black hoodie with white stripes was then seen getting out from the driver’s side of the Honda.

He is later seen returning to the Honda and appearing to put something in the back seat before going back to the victim’s white sedan. It was then that, police said, the student was robbed.

“They actually physically assaulted him and robbed him,” said Moss.

The surveillance video captured the victim holding on to the hood of the getaway car as the subjects took off. The footage shows the Honda stopping, then one of the perpetrators could be seen getting out from the passenger’s side door and pushing the student off the hood.

The footage shows the Honda heading toward the exit as the victim leaps back onto the vehicle and holds on to the passenger side door. As the vehicle takes a sharp left turn, the student is seen flying off the vehicle.

No serious injuries were reported.

“[The student] suffered some minor scrapes and bruises, no real serious injuries, and then they fled in a dark Honda,” said Moss.

A perimeter was set up, but authorities believe the subjects managed to flee.

Investigators said the subject seen wearing a hoodie is tall and has short dreadlocks.

Police said the robbers are believed to be far away from campus and no longer considered to be an immediate threat to the FIU community.

If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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