UW Police

December 5, 2020

12-5-20 Robberies

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
December 5, 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 Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at 7:20 p.m., Seattle police were called to a report of a commercial robbery that took place in the 1000 block of NE 45th Street. A suspect entered a business and demanded cash from the cashier. Minutes later, Seattle police were called to a commercial armed robbery in the 5200 block of University Way NE. A suspect entered a business, displayed a black handgun and demanded money from the cash register as well as from the cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen headed west on NE 52nd Street. No one else was in the store at the time of the incident. The victims in each of these incidents were not injured.

The suspect in the second incident was described as a man in his 20s, 6 feet tall with a thin build. The suspect wore a flat bill cap (purple bill, black cap) with a UW logo, dark patterned face mask, gray North Face puffy jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt, tan pants (possibly a North Face logo on front left leg) and black sneakers. The suspect in the first incident was described similarly, but with fewer details than were reported in the second incident.

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 the incident in the 1000 block of 45th Street is 20-336817. The case number for the second incident is 20-336819. 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 and lock the business.

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.