UW Police

September 18, 2020

9-17-20 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
September 17, 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 Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 3:00 a.m., Seattle police were called to the report of an armed robbery at a business in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Way NE. The suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect left, last seen headed west on NE 45th Street. No one was injured during the incident. Seattle police were not able to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as a man, approximately 25 years old, 5-foot-10 with a lean build, wearing a red mask or bandana on his face, a green military-style hoodie, a hat with white writing, white or gray pants, dark shoes with white soles, and carrying a black 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 is 20-269192. 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 and avoid surprises.
  • 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.