Robbery

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On Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a Washington University School of Medicine employee was the victim of a purse-snatching while walking near the Euclid Avenue parking meters lot, which spans Euclid from the corner of Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza to Clayton Avenue. The suspect walked past the victim, turned around and began following her. He then approached her and grabbed her purse, and a short struggle occurred. The suspect acted as if he had a weapon and eventually was able to pull the purse free from the victim. The suspect then fled the area and was chased by the victim and a Protective Services officer. The suspect ran to the MetroLink and ran east on the MetroLink tracks. No weapon was displayed, and the victim was not injured during the confrontation. St. Louis City Police responded and will continue to investigate the incident.

 

The suspect is described as a male, age 35-45, about 6 feet tall, wearing a black, hooded coat with white stripes on the sleeves and red stripes on the back; a blue, hooded sweatshirt; and khaki- or gray- colored pants.

 

THE FOLLOWING CRIME AWARENESS AND PREVENTION TIPS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED OVER TIME FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF INCIDENTS.  THEY ARE OFFERED AS “BEST PRACTICES” FOR VARIED CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO ROBBERY AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS:

·        If confronted, do not argue with an attacker over property.

·        Limit walking alone to and from campus whenever possible.

·        Make use of the Clayton Garage on campus after business hours.

·        Call 314-362-4357 for a security escort from Protective Services.

·        If you are a victim or witness, immediately call 911 (off campus) or 314-362-4357 (on campus).

Crime Prevention (reducing the risk) begins with the individual. Be aware of your surroundings at all times whether on or off campus, on the job or relaxing. Report incidents in a timely manner to the local law enforcement/security authority.