UW Police

February 4, 2021

02-4-21 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
February 4, 2021

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On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at 9:10 p.m. Seattle police responded to a robbery at a retail business in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Way NE. Two men had walked into the business, displayed handguns and took an undisclosed amount of cash. They were last seen running east on NE 45th Street and getting into white SUV-type vehicle before driving west on NE 45th Street. No employees at the business were injured. Seattle police were unable to locate the suspects.

One was described as a man in his late 20s, 5-foot-6 and heavy set, dressed in black clothing and a blue ski mask with a mouth cutout. The second was described as a man in his late 20s, 6-foot with a thin build, wearing all dark clothing and a black ski mask. Both brandished black semi-automatic handguns.

If you witnessed an incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 21-029890. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

  • Be aware of your surrounding and what is going on around you.
  • Cooperate with the robber to the extent possible and try to keep yourself safe.
  • Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.

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

  • Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive identifiers, etc.
  • Physical characteristics: Age, height, weight, eye and hair color, mannerisms, scars or tattoos.
  • Direction of travel.

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