Woman accused of robbing, hitting UH student

HOUSTON - A woman has been accused of running over a university student who tried to help her.

Shanetia Allen, 19, has been charged with robbery.

University of Houston police said Allen and another person pulled alongside a student walking along Wheeler Street, near UH parking lot 10, on Nov. 17 and asked for a few dollars because they were about to run out of gas.

According to court documents, the student said she didn't have any money. Allen then asked to borrow the student's cellphone so she could call for help.

Investigators said the student handed over her phone but quickly realized she was being tricked. Once the student saw the car Allen was inside was pulling away, she jumped in front of the car, police said.

The student was hit by the car and knocked to the ground, investigators said.

A witness jotted down the license plate of the car and police traced it to Allen. Police said she owns a gray 2005 Ford Taurus with Texas license plate No. DS1P827.

A warrant has been issued for Allen's arrest. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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