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12-29-22 Attempted robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus

December 29, 2022

Attempted robbery

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On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at 6:55 p.m., Seattle police were called to a report of a robbery that occurred in the 4500 block of University Way NE. Two men walked into a business at this location and grabbed some merchandise worth approximately $3,000. As both men ran from the business, they threatened the owner of the business. The owner was able to get the stolen merchandise back, and both suspects were last seen running southbound on University Way NE from the location.

The first suspect was described as a man, about 5-foot-8 with a thin build, a short beard, and wearing a blue Seahawks hat, blue facemask, dark clothing and a hooded shirt. The second suspect was described as a man, about 6-foot-0 with a thin build, 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 is 2022-347199. 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.