UW Police

August 19, 2020

8-18-20 Assault

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
August 18, 2020

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On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 9:40 p.m. UWPD officers responded to the report of an assault on the Burke-Gilman Trail near Winkenwerder Hall and the C-10 parking lot. A man reported walking with a friend when another man passing by said, “Are you talking about me?” The victim said no. The man became agitated and struck the victim with a skateboard and fled from the area. The victim was treated at UWMC – Montlake for a broken nose. The person walking with the victim was not injured. Officers searched for the suspect but did not locate him. The victim and witness described the suspect as a man with dark complexion, 30s, 6-foot-2, thin build. He was wearing a red shirt and black pants and carrying a skateboard.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime, please call UWPD at 206-685-8973. The case report number is 20-26964. 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.
• Stay in well-lighted areas as much as 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.