UW Police

December 13, 2020

12-13-20 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
December 13, 2020

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On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, Seattle police were called to a report of an armed robbery that took place about 9:40 p.m. in a parking lot near the alley behind the 4500 block of Brooklyn Ave. NE. Two people exited a car and were confronted by a man who grabbed one of the victims. Two additional men then approached, one displaying a handgun and another displaying what was described as a longer gun. The three men forcibly removed a bracelet from the wrist of one victim. A backpack was taken that contained two cell phones, personal items – including two passports – identification and an undisclosed amount of cash. The three men ran to a parked SUV and left the area, driving south. The color of the vehicle was not known. The victims in this incident were not injured.

The suspects were described as three men about 6 feet tall with thin builds, wearing dark clothing.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number for this incident is 20-343623. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

  • Cooperate with the robber to the extent possible.
  • Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.
  • When safe to do so, call the police by dialing 911.

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 Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.