UW Police

05-16-16 Burglary/Criminal Impersonation

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus

Monday, May 16, 2016 4:35 am

Burglary / Criminal Impersonation, Residence Hall

On Monday, May 16, 2016, at approximately 4:35 a.m., University Police were dispatched to a residence hall on west campus regarding a Burglary and Criminal Impersonation incident. A student stated that while she was asleep in her room, she was awakened by an unknown male standing in her room. The suspect told her he was with security and that she needed to come with him. The victim left her room with the suspect and went to a public area in the residence hall, the victim became afraid and left.  The suspect followed her back to her room and re-entered the victim’s room to wake the victim’s roommate, telling virtually the same story. She left with him believing he was with security.  They walked onto the main campus. The victim became concerned for her safety, ran and sought safety from an employee that was working on campus. The staff member drove the victim to UWPD.  Police conducted a check of the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a dark-complexioned male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, approximately 185 pounds, clean shaven, in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He wore a light colored stocking cap, light colored scarf, beige jacket and beige pants. He was described as having an African accent. A photograph of the suspect was obtained by UWPD detectives.

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This case is being investigated by the University of Washington Police Department under case number 16-001048. If you have any additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the University of Washington Police Department at 206.685.UWPD (8973).

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

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked especially at night
  • Call 911 if you see anyone snooping around outside your home
  • Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible
  • Do not allow anyone into the residence halls that is not your guest

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

  • Clothing descriptors – look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive design identifiers, etc.
  • Physical characteristics – height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms, scars/tattoos
  • Direction of travel (by foot or automobile)
  • Suspect vehicle description, including license plate
  • Any weapons involved

Contact the University of Washington Police Community Outreach Unit at 206.616.0873 for additional crime prevention information.