UW Police

01-01-18 Attempted Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
January 3, 2018

Attempted Robbery

This morning, UWPD confirmed that Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at 2:52 a.m., Seattle police responded to an attempted robbery in the 4700 block of University Way NE. The victim was tending to his disabled vehicle and thought two men in the area were going to help him.  Instead, one of the men displayed a handgun from his waistband. People approaching the area appear to have distracted both suspects from completing the robbery.  The victim, who is not affiliated with the University of Washington, was not injured. The man who displayed the handgun left the area.  Seattle police arrested the other man near the scene. The victim provided no description of the armed suspect.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.The Seattle Police Department case report number for this incident is 2018-238.

To report a crime in progress or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

* Remain calm and do what the person demands you do.
*  Avoid confrontations whenever possible.
* Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.

On campus, call Husky NightWalk: 206-685-WALK (9255) for a security guard escort to various locations on campus, 7 days a week.

If you suspect criminal activity, some helpful information to pass on to the police:

* Call 911 immediately.
* Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer and other distinctive identifiers.
* Physical characteristics:  Describe height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms, scars/tattoos.
* Direction of travel (by foot or automobile): Describe the last known location of the suspect.
* Suspect vehicle description:  color, year, model, make and license plate.
* Any weapons involved.

Contact the University of Washington Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.