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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

In separate crimes, two UF students were pushed down and robbed late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

At 11 p.m., a female student was walking in the parking lot of Royal Village Apartments, 710 S.W. Depot Ave., when a black man pushed her to the ground and stole her purse, said Gainesville Police Department spokesman Mike Schibuola.

He said although the K-9 unit was not able to track the man down, they found the woman's purse a few blocks away with all of its items missing.

There was a second mugging at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

In the University Park Studios apartment complex, 1222 N.W. Eighth Ave., a white man pushed a female UF student onto the ground and stole her purse, Schibuola said.

The man then got into the passenger side of a light blue or teal vehicle that police think may be a Ford Ranger, he said.

"Right now, we don't know if these crimes are related." Schibuola said. "Although the suspect descriptions don't match up, the patterns of the crimes are very similar."

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