UW Police

July 17, 2020

3-4-20 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
March 4, 2020

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Very early Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 1:04 a.m., Seattle police were called to the 4700 Block of 21st Ave. NE for a reported robbery. The victim was standing on the sidewalk talking on his cell phone when a man approached him, pushed a hard object into his rib cage and demanded his phone. The victim believed the object pushed into him was a handgun. The victim surrendered his phone to the robber, who fled and was last seen running west on NE 50th St. Seattle police checked the area but did not locate the suspect, who was described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old, with a medium build. He was wearing a blue hoodie and black or gray sweat pants, and appeared to walk with a limp. The limp, however, was not apparent when he ran from the location of the 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 is 20-80111. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:
• Be aware of your surrounding 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.