UW Police

December 30, 2020

12-30-20 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
December 30, 2020

This message is being communicated to all faculty, staff and Seattle campus students with the approval of the UW Police Department. This message is sent in the interest of public safety and in compliance with federal law requiring timely warning notification of crimes committed on or near campus. This is not a UW Alert message. For information regarding UW Alert and to sign up to receive UW Alert notifications, visit www.uwalert.org.

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, Seattle police were called to a report of a robbery that took place at 10:15 a.m. in the 4300 block of 9th Ave. NE. The victim was walking toward her parked car when she was confronted by a man on the sidewalk. He displayed a box cutter and directed the victim to come with him. She offered him money and walked around to the driver’s side door of her vehicle. The suspect pushed her into the driver’s seat and got into the rear seat, behind her. The victim exited the vehicle and ran south on the sidewalk, yelling as she ran away. The suspect exited the car and left in the opposite direction. Seattle police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. He was described as a man in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a white hardhat, blue face covering, green and orange safety vest over a black jacket, black pants and carrying a black cloth grocery bag.

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 20-356636. 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.