UW Police

03-13-2014 Attempted Robbery

Notification of a Criminal Incident

March 13, 2014 3:15 a.m.

Attempted Robbery – 1800 block NE 47th St.

 On Thursday morning, March 13, 2014, at about 3:15 a.m., Seattle and UW Police responded to a reported strong arm robbery in the 1800 block of N.E. 47th Street. Officers arrived in the area quickly. The victim, a male UW student, reported he was walking westbound on the north side of N.E. 47th street when he noticed three males walking eastbound on the south side of the street. The three males then crossed the street and approached him. One of the suspects asked for directions while the two others attempted to pull the victim’s backpack from his shoulders. The victim fell to the ground and the suspects assaulted him, punching at his head as they struggled to take the backpack. Witnesses in the area heard the commotion and came to the victim’s aid, at which time the suspects ran from the area without the backpack. The victim sustained injuries to his head as the result of the assault. The witnesses said the suspects ran southbound in the alleyway between 18th and 19th and out of view. Another witness chased the suspects as they ran through an alley towards N.E. 45t Street where they were lost. Officers checked the area for the suspects. However, they were not located.

The three suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1:  Male, light complexion, in his 20’s, 6′-1″, medium build, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

Suspect 2:  Male, light to medium complexion, in his 20’s, 6″-0″, athletic build, wearing a red and white striped shirt (possibly a Manchester United team jersey) with the #14 on it.

Suspect 3:  Male, dark complexion, 5′-8″, in his 20’s, dreadlocks, wearing a white long sleeve shirt, dark pants, and white sneakers. 

This crime is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case # 14-77150.

If you have any additional information about these crime or suspects, please call the Seattle Police at (206) 625-5011. Anonymous tips are accepted.

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

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

o Walk with others, especially at night.

o Remain in well-lit areas at night.

o Be cognizant of your surroundings at all times and report suspicious behavior to the police.

o If you see something suspicious, say something; report it to the police right away.

o Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.

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

o Clothing descriptors- look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive design identifiers, etc.

o Physical characteristics – height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms, scars/tattoos.

o Direction of travel (by foot or automobile).

o Suspect vehicle description, including license plate.

o Any weapons involved.

UW students, faculty and staff can take the Night-Ride from any one of seven campus stops to get dropped off at your door anywhere in the University District.   Night-Ride runs from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; check online for a full schedule and a map of the east and west drop off zones at http://uwshuttles.com/nightride .

Contact the University of Washington Police Crime Prevention Unit at (206) 543-9338 for additional crime prevention information.