UTSA police issues crime alert

Students, staff urged to be on alert

SAN ANTONIO - The UTSA Police Department has issued a crime watch alert following a robbery near the campus.

An aggravated robbery was reported around 11:51 p.m. Monday at the Avalon Place Apartments next to the UTSA campus.

Since the crime took place off-campus, San Antonio police responded. Details surrounding the robbery could not be released as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, SAPD officials said.

In the alert, UTSA police said the man responsible for the robbery tried to kick down the door of an apartment at the same complex a few hours before. A witness yelled at the man, who then ran off.

Around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, police said the same man drove up to a house in the Maverick Creek area and pointed a handgun at someone standing in their front yard. That person ran inside and called police. Maverick Creek is across UTSA Boulevard from the UTSA campus and just west of the Shops at La Cantera.

"My friend posted a status saying, 'I don't even want to be around here anymore because I saw a trail of blood in the hallway and I heard screams and stuff like that," said Aaron Starnes, a UTSA student.

Some students tell KSAT 12 News that crimes at apartments near campus are not uncommon.

"There have been things when people knock on the door and you answer, and they'll come steal your stuff," said Cathy Leonard, a UTSA student. "There's been a lot in the past year or so."

UTSA police are asking students and staff to be more alert and not to answer the door if you don't know who it is.

The suspect was described as a man about 6 feet tall and weighing around 200 lbs. He was wearing a black mask and black gloves and riding in a black car.

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