ATTENTION: CRIME ALERT – Washington University School of Medicine
Protective Services, the law enforcement and security arm of Washington University School of Medicine, is providing you this Timely Warning pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Please read all of the following information as this warning pertains to two apparently unrelated incidents that occurred in a 24-hour period.
On June 4, 2019, at approximately 4:50 a.m. a School of Medicine employee had just parked her vehicle in the 4900 block of Laclede Ave. As she walked to campus, she was robbed at gunpoint in the 4500 block of Laclede. The following is a summary of that incident.
Our employee was walking east along Laclede. A male subject approached her from behind and demanded her bag. Our employee observed that the subject was holding at his side what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol with a suppressor device installed on the barrel. Our employee complied and gave the subject her bag. The subject walked east on Laclede to Taylor Ave., where he turned and walked south.
Our employee described this subject as an African-American male, approximate age 30s; approximate height/weight 5’9”/160 pounds; bald head; clean-shaven face; wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.
On June 3, 2019, at approximately 6:45 a.m., an armed confrontation occurred at the intersection of South Boyle Ave. and Duncan Ave. in the Cortex Innovation Community on the east end of the Medical Campus. We are still collecting details about this incident, but the following is a description of the events as we currently know them.
A female employee of a Cortex-area company was walking to work near the intersection of South Boyle and Duncan. A male subject approached her and began walking with her. The male subject asked the woman to come with him. The woman refused. The male subject lifted his shirt and showed the woman a handgun in his waistband. He grabbed the woman’s arm. The woman pulled away and ran to 4240 Duncan Ave. (the area of the @4240 Building). A Cortex-area security officer observed and assisted her.
Cortex security cameras captured this incident on video. The subject is described as an African-American male; approximate age 30s; approximate height/weight 6’1”/150 pounds; black hair; black beard; wearing a gray tank top, faded blue jeans, and white athletic shoes. His left shoulder and upper arm appear to be tattooed. He was carrying what appears to be a red cap.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating both incidents. As Cortex cameras captured images of the June 3 offender, a relevant “be on the lookout” notice has been distributed to law enforcement and security departments in the area, including to Protective Services officers.
If you see either of these subjects, do not confront them. Please report them right away to Protective Services at 314-362-4357. Additionally, there are actions you can take to keep yourself safer from such incidents:
- There is safety in numbers, so walk with others or in a group.
- Keep to well-populated areas.
- Do not stop to talk to panhandlers or other strangers.
- If a robber demands your property, comply with him or her.
- If a subject attempts to abduct you, you should be prepared to flee or defend yourself.
- Take advantage of Protective Services’ secure transportation programs, including our Security Escort Rides Program and Afterhours Neighborhood Shuttle Program.