USC students robbed

4/13/2011, 8:18 a.m.

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.