UM student, boyfriend robbed at gunpoint near Coral Gables campus, police say

Robber flees scene with 2 cellphones

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A student at the University of Miami and her boyfriend were robbed early Saturday near the Coral Gables campus, police said.

The University of Miami Police Department sent an alert to students after the incident, warning them to be careful when walking in the area at night or early in the morning.

Police said the victims were walking on the sidewalk near the First United Methodist Church at the intersection of Red Road and Ponce De Leon Boulevard when they were approached by a man, who asked to use the woman's cellphone to make a call.

The student pulled out her cellphone and the robber pulled out a handgun and told her to drop her phone. He then demanded the other victim's cellphone as well, police said.

Police said the robber fled the area with both cellphones, and was last seen heading southwest into the South Miami area.

The UMPD said it offers 24/7 safety escorts to students who call 305-284-6666.

The university also offers the Safe Ride transit system, which is available Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., by calling 305-298-6128.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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