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Arrest made in attempted armed robbery at LSU

A 19-year-old was arrested and charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery that happened on LSU’s campus in August.

LSU Police say Clarence Hypolite turned himself in and he’s now charged him with attempted armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder.

The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on S. Campus Drive near West Laville Hall. The victim’s friends took him to Our Lady of the Lake.

Officials say the victim was walking near West Laville Hall to meet his friends when Hypolite allegedly approached him, who he had seen during LSU welcome week.

Authorities say the victim started a conversation with Hypolite and Hypolite asked to charge his phone in the vehicle that the victim’s friends pulled up in.

After a short while, the victim returned Hypolite’s phone and told him he needed to leave to attend a party. At that point, the victim said Hypolite allegedly told him to “stop playing with me and give me everything.”

Officials say Hypolite allegedly took a black pistol out of his pocket and hit the victim in the stomach. The victim reported that Hypolite reached into his hoodie and pockets while telling the victim “If you move, I’ll kill you right here.”

The victim told officers his friends got out of the car to help while he and Hypolite were tussling for the gun before Hypolite allegedly fired the gun and hit the victim in the buttocks. The victim said Hypolite dropped the phone in his hand and ran away.

Authorities say four witnesses said they heard a gunshot and saw the victim wounded. After everyone scattered, the victim said he noticed Hypolite’s phone, picked it up and turned it over to law enforcement at the hospital.

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