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Student robbed at gunpoint at Starbucks in Gulf Coast Town Center

Student robbed at gunpoint at Starbucks in Gulf Coast Town Center
EN Photo / Rachel Iacovone

An FGCU student was robbed at gunpoint at the Gulf Coast Town Center Starbucks on Sunday, Dec. 4 at approximately 10:44 p.m.

Freshman Chase Richardson was going to Starbucks with his girlfriend around 10:30 p.m., and when they realized it was closed, Richardson parked so he could throw away garbage in the nearby trashcan.

While walking back to his car, a man parked two spaces over called out, asking for help. The man then walked in Richardson’s direction, flashed his gun and said, “Give me all your money.”

“I was pretty on edge and terrified,” Richardson said. “You see people getting mugged in a movie, but you kind of never process that something like that can happen in the real world.”

Richardson handed the man $60 in cash, and then, the attacker took off. According to the police incident report, the suspect is described to be a white male standing at 5-foot 10-inch, thin build with a thin black beard. He was wearing a black hoodie and drove off in a black Jeep Cherokee.

“Really only after did it set in how close I was to actually getting shot,” Richardson said. “I’m just glad I had money and didn’t make him mad enough to blow my head off in Starbucks’ parking lot.”

Richardson said he dialed 911 and Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded. He said they had him pull over at Foster’s Grill and wait for the cops.

At the time of publication, there were no further details on this investigation.

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Emily Ford

Emily Ford is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations and minoring in journalism. Emily has been apart of the Eagle News team since freshman year, helping out with design and photography and since sophomore year, Emily has been the production manager. When not in the newsroom, Emily can be found at a concert that primarily focuses on the teen angsty bands we all enjoyed in middle school (i.e. All Time Low), binge watching a television series on Netflix from the comfort of her couch, or at Disney World spending all her money and meeting all the different characters. Emily also has an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks so if needed, check at a nearby location first.

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