UW Police

September 22, 2020

9-20-20 Robberies

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
September 20, 2020

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 Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at 12:47 a.m., Seattle police were called to the report of an armed robbery in the 4700 block of Roosevelt Way NE. Four suspects, two displaying handguns, surrounded a man walking down the alley and demanded his possessions. At 2:00 am, another armed robbery took place involving four suspects with similar descriptions. The incident occurred in a park in the 4700 block of 9th Avenue NE. The victim, living in a tent in the park, was assaulted by the suspects and had property taken. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. In both cases the Seattle Police searched but were unable to locate the suspects.

The suspects were described as 1) a man with dark complexion in his mid-20s wearing a dark T-shirt, armed with a handgun; 2) a man with dark complexion in his mid-20s wearing a white jacket with dark dots, armed with a handgun; 3) a man with dark complexion in his mid-20s; 4) a man with dark complexion in his mid-20s.

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 for the first incident is 20-271718, the second incident 20-271747. 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 and avoid surprises
  • 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.