09/06/2020 at 12:40 AM
At approximately 12:40 am, a graduate student reported that he parked his car in the 800 block of Leeland Ave, near Vernon Ave. The student exited his vehicle and was approached by three subjects. One subject displayed a handgun while demanding his belongs. A second subject grabbed the student’s keys and then struck the student in the mouth. When the subject resisted, all three subjects ran off, dropping the student’s car keys.
Minor injuries were reported.
University City is investigating
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