UW Police

05-13-2017 Attempted Armed Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Attempted Armed Robbery – University District

During the early morning hours on Saturday, May 13, 2017, Seattle police responded to an attempted armed robbery in the 5200 block of University Way, N.E. The male victim was sitting in his parked vehicle in this area when the suspect entered the vehicle through the unlocked front passenger door. The suspect displayed a handgun and started patting down the victim’s clothing. When the victim confronted the suspect, the suspect struck the victim with the handgun on the left side of his face. The victim exited the vehicle and began yelling for assistance. The suspect also exited the vehicle and ran to another vehicle that was waiting nearby. The suspect vehicle left the area in a northbound direction on University Way, N.E. Seattle Fire Department medics responded to the victim’s location and treated him for an injury he sustained during the incident. The victim was released at the scene. Seattle police searched the area for the suspect vehicle but were unable to located.

The suspect is described as a male in his early 20’s, heavy set and wearing a black hoody. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a black sedan (possibly a Toyota Corolla or Chevrolet). If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-685-5011. The case report number for this incident is 17-167870.

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

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 206-897-1706 for additional crime prevention information.