TUSCALOOSA, AL, USA – A robbery outside of the popular Tuscaloosa bar, Rounders, Sunday, Oct. 14, at around 1:45 a.m., is leaving two men with a $30,000 bond.
The Strip is known for being a crowded location after a night football game at the University of Alabama. The incident took place in the early hours following a 6 p.m homecoming game against Missouri.
Anthony Tarelle Stewart, left, and Thaddeus Antonio Aaron, both 18, are accused of assaulting and robbing a man who was leaving Rounders.
The victim was surrounded by the men while he was going through his wallet. Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson then said one of the men attacked him.
“Several subjects surrounded him and one attacked him. He dropped his wallet, they snatched the money and took off running,” Richardson said.
Police don’t believe the victim was targeted, but the suspects saw an opportunity and took it.
The victim reported the $200 was stolen.
“People should be aware of their surroundings, especially that late at night. Don’t have your wallets or purses out going through them when leaving an establishment, and have your keys in hand so you’re not fumbling around,” Richardson said. “We want everyone to have a good time in Tuscaloosa while they’re here, but you also have to worry about your own safety.”
The incident has some University of Alabama students rethinking nights out in Tuscaloosa.
“It’s a lot more on my mind, and it should be on everyone’s mind,” student Caroline Moore said. “The stereotype for a college student in Tuscaloosa is someone unknowing, not paying attention, just focused on getting to the next bar to meet their friends.”
According to Richardson, during football season there are officers on The Strip. They may not be right where an incident takes place but they are in close proximity just in case one is needed.
No number was given on how many police patrol the area, but officers do block off The Strip after each football game. This comes after the shooting outside of Rounders last year.
One suspect was caught on University Boulevard and the other in the Publix parking lot.