UW Police

06-24-2014 Sex Offense

Notification of a Criminal Incident

June 24, 2014 1:00 pm – NE 41st/U Way

Sex Offense

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On Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., University of Washington Police were flagged down near N.E. 41st Street and University Way N.E. by a female who reported that she had just been the victim of a possible sex offense. The female victim told police she was in an elevator in Schmitz Hall when the suspect entered the elevator. As the elevator began to move the male said “hello” to her. She looked towards him to acknowledge the greeting and saw that he was masturbating. She confronted him about the unacceptable behavior, and the elevator door opened and the suspect ran out. The female chased him out onto the street and north on University Way where she lost sight of him and flagged down the UWPD officers. Additional officers responded to the area and a search was conducted. As officers were interviewing the victim, a blue sedan drove past and the victim told officers that the suspect was in that car. UWPD officers gave chase but the suspect car fled north up an alley towards N.E. 45th Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was last seen fleeing eastbound on N.E. 45th Street. The information was broadcast to SPD units as well, but the suspect and vehicle were not located. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as black male adult, approximately 18 years of age, 5′-8″ tall, 140-160 lbs., thinner build, short black hair, wearing a black button-up shirt with a gold chain around his neck, and gray pants. The victim described the suspect as possibly being of east African descent. The suspect vehicle is described as an older blue sedan, possibly a Dodge or Chrysler, unknown license plate.

This case is being investigated by the University of Washington Police Department under case # 14-01753. If you have any additional information about this crime or you know of the suspect whereabouts, please call the UWPD at (206) 685-UWPD (8973). To report an emergency or suspicious activities, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

o Call 911 in an emergency

o Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as quickly as possible

o Be cognizant of your surroundings at all times

o Avoid confrontations whenever possible

o Report suspicious persons or activity to police immediately

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 Describe any weapons involved.

Tips or information on this or any crime may also be forwarded to the University of Washington Police Department at (206) 685-UWPD (8973). At night, call Husky NightWalk: 206-685-WALK (9255) for a security guard escort to various locations on campus, 7 days a week.

Contact the University of Washington Police Crime Prevention/Community Outreach Unit at (206) 543-9331 for additional crime prevention information.