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12-07-22 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
December 7, 2022

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On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at 9:18 p.m., University of Washington Police were called to the report of a robbery that occurred around 8th Avenue NE near the Burke-Gilman Trail. A man walked up to the victim and demanded his cellphone and pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the victim. The suspect took the phone from the victim’s jacket pocket and ran northbound from that location.

The suspect was described as a man in his late 20s, 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 with a slim build, wearing a dark gray hoodie, black beanie with red striping, a blue medical mask and black baggie cargo pants. If you witnessed this incident or have 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:
• Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
• Cooperate with the robber’s instructions if applicable.
• 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: Height, weight, eye and hair color, mannerisms, scars or tattoos.
• Direction of travel.

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