UW Police

September 10, 2021

09-10-21 Robbery, Seattle Campus

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
September 10, 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 Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at 5:28 p.m., UW police were called to a robbery that occurred on the Burke-Gilman Trail near the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering Building. The victim was cycling when he was confronted by a man who pushed him from his bicycle and took it, riding it north over the nearest Montlake Boulevard overpass toward the E-18 parking lot. The victim suffered scrapes to his right knee but did not require treatment. Police were unable to locate the bicycle or the suspect.

The suspect was described as a man in his 30s, about 5-foot-10 with a medium build, short hair, wearing a black hat, blue hooded shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes. He wore a black backpack and was carrying two drumsticks or batons.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the University of Washington Police Department, (206) 685-8973. 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 Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.