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Man arrested in connection to armed robbery near FSU's Gilchrist Hall

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 17:34:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida State University Police Department says a suspect is in custody after he allegedly robbed a student while armed with a knife and tried to take the victim with him.

FSU PD says they were called around 6:45 a.m. Monday for a robbery. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who said he was walking toward Gilchrist Hall when the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Rodney Jermaine Joyner, tried to rob him.

The victim told police that Joyner was armed with a knife. Police say the suspect removed the victim’s phone from his pocket, demanded the password, and and tried to take the victim along with him during the robbery.

After a struggle, the victim managed to get away from Joyner. The suspect then ran from the scene alone and was seen entering a parked car and driving away.

Minutes after being called, FSU PD arrested Joyner in the 100 block of West Bloxham Street, just a block away from his abandoned car.

Joyner is being charged with robbery with a weapon, aggravated battery, and attempted kidnapping during the commission of a crime. He is due for a first appearance in court Tuesday morning. He is not affiliated with FSU.

FSU PD says an investigation into the robbery is ongoing.