By Joe Johnson
Athens-Clarke County police Monday morning released a sketch of an armed robbery suspect who held up a University of Georgia student last week, in a neighborhood just west of UGA’s Main Campus.
The incident occurred shortly after noon Thursday on South Pope Street near Waddell Street, where the gunman stole a book bag, iPhone, laptop computer and wallet with a total value of more than $3,000, police said.
Police said the21-year-old student described the suspect as a slim black male who was in his 20’s, about six feet, one inch tall and wore dark clothing.
He possibly had tattoos om his forehead and neck, police said.
A sketch of the suspect was made by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic artist based on her interview with the victim.
A second armed robbery of a UGA student occurred about 12 hours later in the lower parking lot of the Russell Hal dormitory off Baxter Street.
The location was within a half-mile of the first hold-up.
According to a UGA Special Security update, the victim was approached by two men who asked to use his phone and then immediately ordered him at gunpoint to get on the ground. They reportedly stole a phone and keys with a total value of $314, police said.
The suspects reportedly were described as slender black males who were about six feet tall and in their early- to mid-20's. According to the UGA security notice, one of the suspects was described as having a dark complexion, short hair and short facial hair, wearing a dark blue or black long-sleeved T-shirt with a white design on the front, dark jeans with tears on the front and white shoes. The second suspect was described as having a medium complexion, clean shaven and wearing a dark gray hoodie style zip-up jacket, dark pants with a white stripe down the sides, grey beanie hat and white shoes.
A video image of two suspects in an armed robbery of a UGA student outside of Russell Hall late Thursday night
In the South Pope Street investigation, Athens-Clarke County police announced that Crime Stoppers was offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest.
Police asked that anyone with information about thew case to contact Detective Paul Johnson at (706) 613-3330, ext. 522 or Sgt. David Norris at (706) 613- 3330, ext. 556.
Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at (706) 705-4775.