Arrests made in armed robbery at UCF-area apartment, police say

Suspects accused of robbing victims during drug deal

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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Amani Jalia Hamilton and Reysling DeJesus Herrera

ORLANDO, Fla. - Three people have been arrested and a fourth is at large in connection with a drug-related armed robbery at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida, according to authorities.

On Nov. 29, two male victims were held at gunpoint and robbed at their Pointe at Central apartment, officials from the UCF Police Department said.

An investigation revealed that Alexis Jasmine Walker, 20, was with her friend Amani Jalia Hamilton, 21, when Reysling DeJesus Herrera, 22, and a 17-year-old boy picked them up in a stolen black Camaro, the report said.

Walker said Hamilton gave her a phone number and told her to text it to buy 43 grams of marijuana, according to authorities.

The suspects set up the drug deal and agreed to meet the marijuana seller at his Pointe at Central apartment. Hamilton and Walker went into the victim's apartment first and smoked marijuana with the man, then Hamilton said she forgot the money for the marijuana and needed to go downstairs to get it, according to the affidavit.

Hamilton returned after a few minutes and spoke to Walker in the doorway about how she didn't know where the money was. Herrera, who was armed with a gun, and the teenager pushed through the open door to enter the apartment, police said.

Police said Herrera pointed the gun at the two males who live at the apartment and demanded their money and marijuana.

A Playstation 4, a leather wallet, the victim's black iPhone, several Playstation games and 43 grams of marijuana were taken, according to the report.

Police said the victims waited more than an hour to  contact authorities because they were afraid the suspects were still in the area and because their apartment smelled like marijuana smoke.

Immediately after the robbery, the suspects used the victim's credit card to purchase food at a nearby Chick-fil-A, according to authorities.

Police said Hamilton was arrested after UCF police officers contacted her by phone. Records show Walker has an open warrant for her arrest.

Herrera and the teenage suspect were arrested in Osceola County on Friday after deputies there saw the stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, police said.

The teenage boy is accused of trying to run over law enforcement officers and attempting to avoid arrest. Some of the items that were stolen from the apartment were found in a stolen Mercedes that deputies said Herrera fled from before he was arrested.

"UCFPD hopes that this unfortunate incident will serve as a reminder that involvement with drugs —no matter how small — invites bigger crime and danger into our community. UCFPD takes seriously any crimes committed against members of our community, and we ask that our students and faculty and staff members be our teammates in crime prevention," the department said in a news release.

All four suspects are charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and trespass of a conveyance.

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