No arrests have been made in connection with an armed robbery near the University of Central Arkansas campus Sunday afternoon, a Conway police spokesperson confirmed Monday.
According to a Conway Police Department incident report, a 17-year-old Conway male said he was riding with “some associates” when they stole his personal property and kicked him out of the vehicle at Western Avenue, between College Avenue and Bruce Street.
A campus alert was sent to UCA students after the suspects were said to have fled toward campus, according to Arch Jones, director of organizational and community services for UCA police. Police patrols were increased in and around campus, Jones said Sunday, but no other incidents or suspect sightings were reported.
Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said Sunday the armed robbery was the result of a botched drug deal. Woodruff said the victim called, and met, the individuals to purchase marijuana.
The minor told police there were three black males in the vehicle, and he only knew the driver by the name Casey.
In an email Monday, Woodruff said detectives are working to verify the driver’s name.
According to an incident report, several clothing items, including blue jeans, gym shorts, Air Jordan shoes and a letterman jacket, were stolen from the victim. The total amount of stolen items was valued at more than $200.
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