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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:00 am

Athlete at USF robbery suspect

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Detectives were able to track the alleged robber's movements Aug. 31 about 10:30 a.m. from the PNC bank where he chose his victim to her apartment complex on Essex Lane.

At Speedway Drive and Coliseum Boulevard West, a street surveillance camera captured the alleged robber, Perry Poindexter, 21, of the 1600 block of Barthold Street, passing through the intersection, his right hand holding the same large white styrofoam cup he had at the bank, according to court documents.

A Walmart surveillance camera recorded both of their vehicles turning on to Essex Lane towards the apartment complex, court records said.

Poindexter allegedly jumped his victim as she was walking toward her apartment. He was the same man she'd seen at the bank about 10 minutes before, she told police.

Poindexter, who was charged Tuesday, allegedly grabbed her purse, knocking her over. In it was $3,200 she had just withdrawn to pay medical bills, she told police.

About 40 seconds after both vehicles turned on to Essex Lane, the camera picked up Poindexter's silver Chevy Impala heading east onto Essex Lane, continuing through the Walmart parking lot.

Detectives working the case found out that Poindexter is a basketball player for University of Saint Francis. On Sept. 14, officers went to question him at the team's preseason conditioning drills.

On Sept. 21, Poindexter appeared with his attorney at the police station to confess to the robbery. He admitted he was at the bank that day and saw the victim carrying a withdrawal envelope. When she drove away, he followed her, he said.

Poindexter said he does not know the reason why he committed the robbery because he did not need the money. When he fled the scene, he was immediately remorseful and did not keep the purse or money, dumping the purse with all its contents into a trash bin, court records said.

There is a warrant for his arrest. He was formally charged with robbery. His bond is $10,000, according to a jail spokesman. 

jduffy@jg.net