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12-16-22 Attempted arson

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus

December 16, 2022

Attempted arson

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At around 6:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, UWPD officers responded to a fire alarm in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. A garbage receptacle was found burned and melted in the women’s bathroom on the fourth floor. There are no suspects at this time and no one was injured in this incident.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the University of Washington Police Department at (206) 685-8973. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

This case is being investigated by the University of Washington Police Department under Case #2022-00019430.

Crime prevention tips for similar incidents:

  • Remain vigilant of your surroundings.
  • Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.
  • Report suspicious behavior.
  • Avoid confrontations.

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 (by foot or automobile).

Contact the University of Washington Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.