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March 28, 2007

Purdue police arrest student on robbery, drug charges

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue police arrested a man around 3 a.m. Tuesday (March 27) following the reported robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

Torrence V. Ferguson, a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts from Merrillville, Ind., faces preliminary charges of robbery, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deal and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia, said police Capt. John Cox.

Ferguson was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

According to police reports, officers were called to the area of 14 Ross Ade Drive after the driver reported that he was trying to deliver an order when he was robbed by a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a partial ski mask that covered the lower half of his face. Cox said police saw Ferguson, who matched the description, at 32 Hilltop Drive, and they detained him.

Cox said when Ferguson was being searched, police found a knife, a black partial facemask, several small bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In the area where Ferguson was stopped, police also found the stolen pizzas and other food items.

Robbery is a Class C felony punishable by up to eight years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000. Possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deal and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia are all Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Capt. John Cox, (765) 494-8221

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