UW Warns Students About Robberies Near Campus

Just a few days after we reported the University of Washington could be facing major cuts to its police department as crime continues to rise on campus, the UW sent out a notice to students about two robberies near the school:

Notification of Criminal Incidents – Robberies – Seattle Campus    

Date of Incidents: 02/26/2011    

Two incidents of robberies occurred on February 26, 2011.    

The first, at approximately 7:40 p.m., involved a male UW student who was walking southbound on Roosevelt Way, N.E. near N.E. 42nd St. He stopped to give $5 to a transient. As he continued walking, two suspects approached him from the rear and asked, “Do you have any cash to spare?” As he opened his wallet to give the suspects some cash, they pushed him against the wall and took his backpack and wallet. The suspects fled in a south and west direction. No weapon was seen or implied, and there was no injury to the victim. The suspects remain at large. One is described as a black male,  late 20’s, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a gray and black baseball cap, gray hoodie, and dark pants. The second suspect is described as a white male, late 20’s, 6’2″ medium build, wearing a blue hoodie and dark pants.

This case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2011-66762. If you have any additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. To report other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

The second incident was an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:59 p.m. Two female UW students had just parked their vehicle in the alley behind 4700 16th Ave N.E., when a suspect approached them and demanded their purses. The suspect pointed a handgun at them, aiming at the lower half of their bodies. Both victims gave the suspect their purses. The suspect ran westbound between the houses. The victims were not injured. The suspect remains at large. He is described as a white male, early 20’s, appropriately 5′ 8″ in height, medium build, wearing a black stocking cap and a black puffy jacket.

This case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2011-67051. If you have any additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. To report other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.