MAJOR UPDATE 9:34p FRIDAY, OCT. 25: Police say the victim lied. Read more.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Police at Florida Atlantic University are investigating at least two armed robberies — one of which evolved into an armed carjacking.
According to FAU:
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Florida Atlantic University’s Police Department received a report of an armed robbery that occurred on the Boca Raton campus. The victim’s report is as follows:The victim got into his car in the parking lot adjacent to the Recreation & Fitness Center. He was approached by five black males who entered his vehicle. He was then told to drive to a bank near campus on Glades Road, where he was forced to obtain money.The suspects then instructed him to drive to Coconut Creek, where the victim was battered and left with his vehicle. The victim drove home and later sought medical treatment for his injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.FAU police launched an immediate investigation. Because this remains an active investigation, no further details are being released. If you have information concerning this matter please contact the FAU Police Department at 561-297-3500. If you wish to provide information anonymously, please utilize the Silent Witness website at www.fau.edu/police/silent_witness.php.The health, safety and welfare of everyone at FAU are of the utmost importance. FAU is committed to providing a safe learning environment for the entire University community. FAU has multiple security systems in place and has invested heavily in protecting the safety of its campuses. As a result of this incident, FAU is also increasing its police presence.FAU has reached out to the victim of Wednesday’s incident to offer assistance to him and his family.
This latest incident follows a report last week that a young woman was robbed by someone with a knife on campus.Florida Atlantic University runs its own fully accredited police department which is handling the investigation. The Boca Raton Police Department has not been asked to assist.