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Student robbed near Sustella Parking Deck

VSU police arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery of a student on the multi-purpose trail by Sustella Parking Deck on Friday.

Matty Hogan, a junior theatre major, and his roommate were robbed by three men on bikes who asked to use his cell phone as he and his roommate walked.

“I gave one of the guys my phone to use being the nice person I am and another one of his friends punched me in the face,” Hogan said.

The perpetrators cornered Hogan against a gate where one assailant patted him down in order to find anything of value in his pockets.

His roommate, who witnessed the incident, was not harmed during the attack.

The men allegedly stole $200 and Hogan’s cell phone and escaped on their bikes after the crime.

Subsequently, one of the alleged offenders was arrested by VSU police officer Juan Arzayus, according to the police report.

 Only $100 of the $200 was recovered upon the arrest.

“The police caught one of the guys a little bit later,” Hogan said. “They returned my money, but I never got my cell phone back.”

The other two suspects remain at large.

Hogan believes campus police is doing a great job in responding to crimes on campus.

“The police responded really quickly, within five minutes or so,” Hogan said.

Police attributed their fast response and arrest of the suspect to the fast response of Hogan and his roommate.

A campus-wide text message was sent when the police responded to the initial scene.

The suspect who was arrested was transported to the Lowndes County Jail and booked under a host of charges including simple battery and robbery, which is a felony in the state of Georgia, according to the police report.

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