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CROWN POINT — A 24-year-old man is accused in a robbery at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond.

Khiran A. Perkins, of Merrillville, was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with robbery resulting in bodily injury, a level 3 felony.

An undergraduate student at the university told campus police he agreed to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday with someone he met through social media to sell his cellphone, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The student and suspect met in the vestibule area of Porter Hall, the records state, and the suspect pretended to use the phone to call a third person.

The student became suspicious and attempted to take his phone back, at which time the suspect pushed him, which caused him to hit his back on a door handle, the affidavit states.

The suspect fled on foot, but police determined the social media account used to contact the student was registered to Perkins, the affidavit states.

The student identified Perkins as the suspect by looking at his photograph, according to the affidavit.

Perkins was previously convicted for felony theft in March and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement in October 2015.

Perkins is not afforded bail in the case, according to court records.


Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.