USC students robbed
Suspects in custody
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Two suspects were in custody today in connection with cell phone robberies targeting three USC students near the campus, police said.
The robberies occurred Monday night in the North University Park area just north of the university, USC Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle said.
The unidentified suspects were taken into custody in Hollywood, and were in possession of property possibly taken in the crimes, Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph of the Media Relations office said.
He did not elaborate, but KNX Newsradio reported that a gun was also recovered.
In each crime, a male student was walking alone when he was accosted by suspects described as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s, ranging in height from 5 feet 5 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, Carlisle said.
Some of the suspects were armed with metal bars, and one may have had a handgun in his waistband, Carlisle said.
The first crime occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ellendale Place; the second a few minutes later in the 1100 block of West 29th Street; and the third a few minutes later in the 2700 block of Hoover Street, Carlisle said.
More than 1,500 people—mostly students and community residents—attended a forum on the USC campus Tuesday night to voice concern about recent actions by law enforcement officials where African Americans feel they were racially profiled.
The forum followed a sit-in at the Tommy Trojan statue Monday by USC students upset about how police shut down two parties early Sunday, and arrested six students.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A man found dead today on the campus of USC may have jumped from the top of a seven-story parking structure, authorities said.
The man, in his 20s, died at the scene of the apparent fall, which was reported about 7:25 a.m. at 649 W. 34th St., said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Authorities withheld his name, pending family notification.
LOS ANGLES, Calif. — In a major case of academic poaching involving crosstown rivals, USC has lured away two prominent neuroscientists from UCLA with a promise to expand their internationally renowned lab, which uses brain imaging techniques to study Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism and other disorders, it was reported today.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Two suspects who allegedly carjacked a pickup truck at gunpoint and led police on a short pursuit into a South Los Angeles neighborhood were in custody today, authorities said.
The truck crashed into a utility pole at Central and Slauson Avenues around 11 p.m. Sunday, and the two suspects ran away, said Officer J. Boverie of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Station.
Another team will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with a conference tournament victory Wednesday.
Bucknell and Lafayette were scheduled to meet in the Patriot League final at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The winner will join the teams that have already automatically qualified for the NCAA field:
• Belmont (Ohio Valley Conference)
• Creighton (Missouri Valley)
• Davidson (Southern)
• Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
• Gonzaga (West Coast)
• Harvard (Ivy League)