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03-16-22 Armed robbery west of campus

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
March 16, 2022
Armed robbery west of campus

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On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 2:16 a.m., Seattle police were called to the report of a robbery that occurred in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Avenue NE. Two masked suspects entered a business and stole cash and two cell phones from an employee. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun at the time of the crime. After committing the robbery, the suspects left the business in an unknown direction. The employee was not injured during the incident.

The first suspect was described as a man with a heavy build, wearing a mask, dark hoodie and black sweatpants. He was armed with a handgun.

The second suspect was described as a man with a thin build, wearing a mask and dark hoodie.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspects, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 2022—065258. 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.