UW Police

September 1, 2021

09-1-21 Robbery

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
September 1, 2021

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, Aug. 31, 2021, at 10:47 p.m., Seattle police were called to the report of a robbery outside a residence in the 1600 Block of NE 47th Street. Two men punched another man, displayed a knife and took a bag of groceries from him. The victim, a UW student, did not require medical attention. Police were unable to locate the suspects.

The victim described the man who displayed the knife as being in his 20s, around 5-foot-6 with a thin build, wearing a black hooded shirt and black sweatpants. The second suspect was described as being in his 20s, around 5-foot-8 with a thin build, wearing a white short-sleeved shirt. This suspect punched the victim. The men were last seen running west on NE 47th Street.

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 21-227866. 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.