UW Police

February 1, 2023

01-31-23 Assualt

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
January 31, 2023

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 Tuesday, Jan. 31, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Seattle police officers responded to the intersection of NE 45th Street and University Way NE and found a man with a non-life-threatening stab wound to his chest. The Seattle Fire Department responded, provided medical aid and transported the victim to the hospital. Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspects. The victim is not affiliated with the UW.

The first suspect is described as a man, approximately 25 to 35 years old, skinny, wearing a white beanie with a pompom, light-colored hoodie, dark pants, sneakers with white soles and dark uppers and was carrying a backpack. The second suspect was described as a woman, approximately 25 to 30 years old, with bleached hair and dark roots, big hoop earrings, white pants, carrying multiple bags of luggage with a pink bag on top.

Seattle police reported that the male suspect used racial slurs during the assault, stating that he was a “skinhead” and telling the victim to “leave my country,” and that it will be investigated as a malicious harassment crime. More information, including photos of the suspects, is available on the SPD Blotter.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000. 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’s instructions if applicable.
• 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 Department’s Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.