The ACU Police Department arrested three suspects in an armed robbery outside of Barret Hall on June 11. The arrests came that evening, less than 12 hours after the incident occurred.
Devin Jerone Tate, 18, Joshua Lynn Jiminez, 22, and Anthony Jermaine Rocha, 17 were arrested and booked into the Taylor County Jail, according to an Abilene Reporter-News report. Each were charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.
The three suspects drove into the Barret Residence Hall parking lot just after 7 a.m. Monday and burglarized a parked vehicle. One of the suspects then approached Rick Antwine, an ACU Leadership Camp staff volunteer from Waxahachie, standing in the lot and robbed him at gunpoint. The suspects left campus immediately after.
ACU Police Department units immediately responded to check on Antwine, who was uninjured in the robbery, check the area and begin the investigation.
Jimmy Ellison, ACU police chief, said the university police worked with the Abilene Police Department to find that this incident was related to two other robberies in Abilene.
Ellison sent an email to ACU students, faculty and staff Monday to warn people on campus to be alert and report suspicious activity to ACUPD.
“Crimes of this nature are highly unusual on campus and in the area surrounding campus,” Ellison said in the email. “While we are thankful no one was injured, this is a good reminder that ACU is not immune to such incidents.”