TAMPA - University of South Florida police are increasing patrols in the area after a carjacking Monday and asking students and staff to be on guard for suspicious activity.
A USF police spokeswoman said an arrest has been made in connection with the carjacking, but detectives were still attempting to determine whether the person that was stopped driving the stolen car was involved in the carjacking itself. The suspect's name has not been released.
Lt. Charlotte Domingo of USF police said only that the car was found outside of Hillsborough County and another law enforcement agency made the arrest. She did not disclose where.
"We've asked our officers to increase their patrols in the area since the incident took place, and we're always encouraging anyone on campus to remain vigilant and report anything they think is suspicious immediately," Domingo said.
Police said a white male wearing a white hoodie, possibly with brown hair and described as looking "dirty," flashed a black handgun and ordered a USF staff member out of her Toyota Corolla about 9:20 a.m.
The carjacking occurred in Lot 33 between the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health headquarters on the west side of campus. There were no injuries.
USF police set up a perimeter after a 911 call, but cellphone tracking determined that the suspect and vehicle immediately went off campus. Surrounding agencies were contacted and the Tampa Police Department aviation unit assisted in the search.
Anyone with information was asked to contact USF police at (813) 974-2628.