UW Police

November 28, 2020

11-28-20 Robberies

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
November 28, 2020

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On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at 10:53 p.m. Seattle police responded to a robbery at NE 47th St. and 12th Ave. NE. Two people walking in the area were approached by two men who demanded money. One displayed a black handgun. The victims did not have any money and no property was taken from them. The suspect with the handgun was described as a male in his late teens or early 20s, 6-foot-4 with a heavy build, wearing a dark blue puffy jacket. The second suspect was described as a male in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-7 with a thin build and no clothing description was available.

At 11:03 p.m., Seattle police responded to a robbery in the 4700 block of Brooklyn Ave. NE. The victim was walking in the area when he was approached by a man displaying a handgun and demanding money. The victim produced money from his wallet and gave it to the suspect. The victim walked away from the suspect and later heard a vehicle start behind him and leave the area. He believed the suspect either left in the vehicle or walked south.

The suspect was described as a male about 5-foot-8, 220 pounds with a heavy build. The man was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and dark-colored pants. The handgun was dark in color.

In each of the incidents, Seattle Police searched but were unable to locate the suspects. If you witnessed an 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 for the first incident is 20-3330928, the second incident 20-3330933. 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 to the extent possible
  • 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.