International students robbed at gunpoint near Appleby building

UNA Police, in conjunction with Florence Police, are looking for three suspects wanted in an alleged armed robbery that occurred near campus early Monday morning.

The three victims, all international students, are OK, according to UNA police Chief Bob Pastula. The suspects allegedly took money from the students.

The alleged robbery occurred near the intersection of Poplar Street and Hermitage Drive, police said. According to reports, the suspects fled south on Poplar Street. The three suspects, all black males, are still at large.

The first suspect, at 5’10” and weighing 220 lbs., was wearing a long, black jacket and skullcap. The second suspect, at 5’6” and weighing 170 lbs., was wearing a gray sweater. The third suspect was skinny and wearing a National Guard necklace.

UNA Police sent out a Lion Alert at 3:27 a.m., alerting the campus community of the incident.

“(Students) don’t need to be out that time of the day,” Pastula said.

Pastula said students can keep themselves safe by being diligent and staying in groups.

“Always be aware of who’s around and what’s going on around you,” Pastula said. “Stay in heavily traveled areas and in groups of people.”

Pastula suggests that students keep their cell phones in their hand and have 911 or UNA Police’s number on speed dial.

There have been six thefts and three burglaries on campus in the last two months. Collectively, there has been $8552 stolen from UNA community members in the last two months.

To report any information regarding this case, or for more information contact UNA Police at (256)765-4357.