UCF students alerted after home invasion near campus

No injuries reported at Marquee apartments

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida sent alerts to students late Tuesday after an armed home invasion occurred near campus.

The alert to students read: UCF ALERT: Sheriff's office is working a robbery just occurred @ Marquee Apts. Alafaya & Sterling Univ. Ln. 3 B/M & 1 H/M subjects with silver handgun. Time lapse of 15 mins. If you seen any suspicious activity call 9-1-1. 

The home invasion took place at the Marquee apartments on Sterling University Lane.

According to Orange County sheriff's deputies, four men entered an unlocked apartment and held at least four people inside at gunpoint while stealing several small electronic devices. The intruders then ran off, deputies said.  

No one was injured.

A sheriff's helicopter searched the area, but the culprits were not found.

Several other crimes have occurred at the Marquee over the past couple of years, but it's not known if the victims in this case were targeted.

"I just think it's common to the area.  We live around a college campus and this stuff happens," said Marquee resident Morgan Kourim.

Students living in the complex said the recent robbery resurfaced memories of past crimes, but new management has increased security over the past year.

"They've really amped up security.  We have a gate.  We have security guards at night.  We have 24 hour security," said Kourim.

Despite the recent robbery, some students said the extra security measures appear to be working.

"I do feel safe here," said Marquee resident Reginald Thimothee.  "I don't really have any concerns as far as safety.

Deputies said they're working to identify the suspects in Tuesday's robbery.

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