Vehicle found, culprits sought after student carjacked near UCF

UCF, Orlando police locate stolen blue 2016 Mazda 3

ORLANDO, Fla. – A female student was carjacked Monday night near the University of Central Florida campus, according to UCF police.

The armed carjacking was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Knights Circle, an off-campus housing complex that is in the jurisdiction of UCF police.

Police said the woman’s blue 2016 Mazda 3 was stolen near Building 6 of the apartment complex, but she was not injured.

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The victim and witnesses gave differing descriptions of the assailants who police say may have entered the complex by jumping a fence.

UCF police tweeted Wednesday morning that the stolen car had been located.

“We are pleased to share that with the assistance of (Orlando police), this vehicle has been recovered,” the tweet said.

UCF police said investigators are “closer to identifying suspects, and our investigation is active and continuing.”

Police also issued a reminder to students.

“No matter where you are, we encourage you to stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and never hesitate to contact law enforcement when you see activity that seems suspicious or criminal,” UCF police said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call UCFPD at 407-823-5555 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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