November 13, 2012
Purdue police make 6th arrest connected to series of robberies
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police have arrested a sixth person in connection with three strong-arm robberies on campus during the last weekend of October.
Julius Q. Armstead, 18, of Lafayette, was arrested Monday (Nov. 12) and charged with three counts of robbery causing bodily injury, three counts of theft and attempted robbery.
"Unless we learn of anything else, we believe we have everyone who was involved in those robberies, and this will be the last arrest," said Purdue police Capt. Steven Dietrich "We want to thank the Lafayette and West Lafayette police departments. They were a huge help in tracking these suspects."
Armstead, along with four Lafayette teens who were arrested on Nov. 7 and a fifth arrested a day later, is accused of being involved in three robberies that occurred in the evening or overnight hours of Oct. 26, 28 and 29. The incidents happened in the 1000 block of Third Street, the 600 block of North Russell Street and the 300 block of Centennial Mall Drive.
In two of the three incidents, a person was walking alone and was attacked from behind and robbed. In the third, two people were attacked and robbed. One victim was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Dietrich said surveillance cameras placed at several campus locations provided video that helped in the investigation.
Of Armstead's charges, robbery causing bodily injury is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000; robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and theft is a Class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
Walter Akil Jones, 18, Marqesse Jirmal-Carl Estrada, 18, and Claude Leo Moore III, 17, all face multiple felony charges in connection with the crimes. Jalin Cortez Gordon, 18, and Kayla Sharae Lee, 19, both face single felonies.
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