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July 17, 2020

3-23-20 Attempted Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
March 23, 2020
Attempted Robbery

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On Monday, March 23, at 12:24 a.m., a man was standing at a bus stop on the east side of the 5000 block of University Way NE when a man started waving a machete at him and tried to steal his headphones and messenger bag. A struggle ensued and the victim was injured, being struck with the machete in the face and abdomen. The suspect left without taking the victim’s property and fled in an unknown direction. Seattle police performed a search of the area but were not able to locate the suspect, who was described as a 20- to 30-year-old black male with a medium complexion, 5-foot-8, wearing a dark gray sweatshirt, blue or black hat and a blue bandana around his neck. The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. He was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department paramedics and transported to the hospital for follow-up care.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department robbery detectives at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 20-100969. 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.
• Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
• 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 Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.