HCSO detectives search for home invasion suspects near USF

Posted at 4:00 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 16:00:45-05

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance in tracking down two men behind a robbery home invasion that happened near USF.

The incident happened at the iQ Luxury Apartments, located across from campus at 12702 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., on Tuesday at approximately 1:40 a.m.

According to detectives, two men forced their way into an apartment, each armed with a handgun, with five students inside after knocking on the door. One suspect held the victims at gun point in the living room while the second suspect entered one room and took a victim's wallet containing $300. No one was hurt in the incident.

The suspects then ran to a waiting black sedan being driven by a third unknown suspect.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 5'08" to 5'10", large build and wearing dark sweatpants, gray shoes, black hoodie, black leather gloves and a black ski mask. 

The second suspect was described as a black male, 5'08" to 5'10", medium build and wearing dark jeans, black shoes, black USF hoodie, green USF skull cap, black gloves with a white skeleton hand, a Vandetta mask and carrying a black backpack with yellow/green straps.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.