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Police identify one suspect in armed burglary near UT campus

5:34 PM, Dec 9, 2012   |    comments
  • Zach Robinson, 18. Robinson is charged with aggravated robbery, burglary, theft and invading arrest.
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Knoxville police are investigating a second aggravated burglary near the University of Tennessee's campus.

The burglary was reported at approximately 10:00 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Lake Avenue.

According to KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk, the victims were four UT students. They told authorities three unknown men forced their way into the apartment. 

DeBusk said the male suspects then pulled out a handgun, ransacked the apartment and stole several items including illegal drugs. The suspects then fled the scene on foot running in different directions.

Police arrested one suspect a short time later, on Francis Street.  Police said Zach Robinson, 18, was in possession of several items stolen from that apartment. 

Authorities have charged Robinson with aggravated robbery, burglary, theft and invading arrest.  Robinson is being held on a $37,500 bond and is currently in custody.

Knoxville police said UT students later found the handgun used in the burglary and told UT police.  

Authorities said no one was injured in this burglary.  

Authorities said its undetermined whether this incident is connected to a prior burglary fitting a similar description, which happened earlier that evening on Bridge Avenue in the Fort Sanders neighborhood.

According to a UT Police Department release, police are still looking for two suspects.  Victims said both of the victims are between the ages of 17 and 20 years old and were wearing black pant and a black hooded sweatshirt.  

Knoxville Police Department is asking anyone with information concerning this burglary to call (865) 215-7450.

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