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Crime Alerts

September 18, 2019
Security Memo-Carjacking
5900 block Delmar

Date/Time Occured

09/18/2019 at 12:00 AM

Specifics

At approximately 12 a.m. on September 18, two non-Washington University-affiliated people had just parked their car in the rear of an apartment building in the 5900 block of Delmar, near Hamilton Ave. As they exited their vehicle, three subjects wearing surgical masks approached them, displayed a handgun, and demanded their property. The subjects then entered the person's car and drove away, last seen heading north on Hamilton Ave.
The incident was reported to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD).
At 12:30 a.m., the roommate of one of the victims in this incident, who is a Washington University graduate student, contacted WUPD and reported that her car key had been in her roommate's purse, which was stolen during the carjacking. When WUPD officers arrived to assist the student, it was discovered that her vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot. SLMPD determined that the subjects had stolen the vehicle shortly after the carjacking, and had left the area.
No injuries were reported.


Response

Note: This incident occurred outside of the Washington University Police Department (WUPD) patrol zone, which is our standard parameter for distributing crime-related notifications. Because of recent criminal activity in the area, and because it involves a Washington University graduate student, we are sending this Security Memo out of an abundance of caution, to keep our community informed. You can view the WUPD patrol zone on the WUPD website.

Precautions

• Avoid walking or jogging alone and never walk or jog alone after dark. Choose a well-lit path and avoid dark or vacant areas.
• Carry a whistle to summon help.
• Download the Noonlight Safety App.
• Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
• Be extra cautious if someone approaches you or your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.
• If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.

September 7, 2019
Crime Alert-Robberies
Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood

Date/Time Occured

09/07/2019 at 11:35 PM

Specifics

At approximately 11:35 p.m., there were three robberies in a short length of time and in close proximity to each other in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood. These incidents are similar in nature to an incident that occurred at 2 a.m. on September 6 involving a Washington University student. In that incident, the student was approached by two male subjects who displayed a handgun, punched the student, and took his personal property before leaving the scene in a vehicle.
The first robbery on September 7 involved two Washington University students. The students were walking near Westminster Place and Laurel when two male subjects approached them. The subjects displayed a handgun and took the students’ personal property. The subjects then fled to a nearby parked vehicle and drove away from the area.
The second robbery took place in the 5800 block of Pershing. The subjects’ actions were similar to those of the first robbery, however, the victim was not affiliated with Washington University.
The third robbery took place in the 6000 block of Pershing. Two subjects approached a Washington University graduate student who was seated in his vehicle with the car window open. One of the subjects punched the student through the window, opened the door of the vehicle and took the student’s personal property. The subjects then fled to a nearby parked vehicle and drove away from the area.

Response

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is actively investigating all four incidents. WUPD has increased patrols with additional officers in the neighborhood to provide safety escorts for students walking to their apartments after parking their cars.

Precautions

• Be alert to your surroundings. Do not sit in your car to text or use electronic devices, and be observant while walking. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
• Download the Noonlight Safety App and activate before leaving your vehicle and while walking to your destination. This will allow you to immediately notify law enforcement and provide your exact location if needed.
• Carry a whistle to summon help.
• Be extra cautious if someone approaches you or your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.
• If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.
• Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service or Metro’s public transportation system. For more information visit the Transportation Options page at transportation.wustl.edu.

September 6, 2019
Security Memo-Armed Robbery
6000 block Westminister

Date/Time Occured

09/06/2019 at 2:00 AM

Specifics

At approximately 2:00 a.m. a student had just arrived home at his apartment in the 6000 block of Westminster Place when two male subjects approached him. One of the subjects displayed a handgun and the subjects “patted” the student down and took his personal property. The subjects then punched the student and later fled to a nearby parked vehicle. The subjects were last seen driving south on Des Peres Blvd.

Response

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating

Precautions

• Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service or Metro’s public transportation system. For more information visit the Transportation Options page at transportation.wustl.edu.
• Carry a whistle to summon help.
• Download the Noonlight Safety App.
• Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
• Be extra cautious if someone approaches you or your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.
• If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.

August 11, 2019
Security Memo-Car Jacking
6200 Enright

Date/Time Occured

08/11/2019 at 10:40 PM

Specifics

At approximately 10:40 p.m., a student parked his car in the 6200 block of Enright Blvd., near The Lofts. As the student was sitting in the car, a subject walked up to the vehicle, displayed a handgun and told the student to exit his vehicle. The subject entered the vehicle and drove away, last seen heading east.
No injuries were reported.

Response

University City Police Department has reported that an arrest has been made in this incident but are continuing their investigation.

Precautions

• Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service or Metro’s public transportation system. For more information visit the Transportation Options page at transportation.wustl.edu.
• Avoid walking or jogging alone and never walk or jog alone after dark.
• Always choose a well-lit path and avoid dark or vacant areas.
• Carry a whistle to summon help.
• Download the Noonlight Safety App.
• Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
• Be extra cautious if someone approaches you or your vehicle, asks for information or asks to use your cell phone.
• If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.

May 3, 2019
Assault: Suspect Arrested
6600 blk Delmar

Date/Time Occured

05/03/2019 at 4:45 PM

Specifics

​SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 4:45 p.m., a student was sitting at an outside table at a restaurant in the 6600 block of Delmar Blvd. A subject approached the person and pushed and punched the student. The subject then struck another student with a hammer. Another person attempted to intervene and was also struck by the subject with a hammer.

The subject then left the restaurant, entered a vehicle and drove away. The vehicle was last seen traveling east on Delmar. The vehicle is described as a black Jeep Patriot SUV bearing Missouri License plate BA9-K3A.

Suspect

The subject is described as a heavy-set black male wearing black shoes, black pants and a black Nike sweatshirt with grey sleeves and a large white Nike swoosh on the front. He was wearing a black backpack.

Response

The University City Police Department is investigating and asks anyone with information about the incident to call 314-725-2211 ext. 8010 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Precautions

Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.

If you observe the vehicle, do not approach. Stay in a safe space and call 911 immediately.

March 11, 2019
Attempted Robbery
6300 blk McPherson

Date/Time Occured

03/11/2019 at 11:15 PM

Specifics

​At approximately 11:15 p.m., WUPD officers and the University City Police responded to the 6300 block of McPherson in regards to an attempted armed robbery. A Washington University faculty member and his wife reported that they were walking on McPherson when a male subject walked past them, suddenly turned around and displayed a handgun. The subject demanded property from the victims. When the victims informed the subject they had no valuables, the subject ran from the area. No injuries were reported.

Response

The University City Police Department is investigating.

Precautions

Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service or the Metro public transportation system. For more information, visit the Transportation Options page at https://parking.wsutl.edu.

Carry a whistle to summon help.

Download the Noonlight Safety App.

Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people or a business.

Be extra cautious if someone approaches you or your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.

If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the police.

February 21, 2019
Burglaries
6000 blk Westminster

Date/Time Occured

02/21/2019 at 3:30 PM

Specifics

​At approximately 3:30 p.m., a subject forced open the rear door of an apartment where Washington University students reside in the 6000 block of Westminster Blvd. near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. The subject entered the apartment and immediately fled when he encountered a person inside the apartment. The incident was reported to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., a subject broke a window of a basement door of another apartment where students reside in the 6000 block of Westminster Blvd. The subject entered the unoccupied apartment and stole a small amount of money.

Response

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating.

Precautions

Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to police at 911 or go to the nearest emergency telephone.

LOCK YOUR APARTMENT DOOR, even when you are at home.

Lock the windows to your apartment. If you have a sliding glass door, secure it further by placing a piece of wood in the track to prevent it from opening.

Never prop open exterior doors or gates. If you see a door propped, close it.

Don’t allow people you do not know to “tailgate” behind you into the building.

When someone knocks at your door, don’t open it unless you know your visitor.

If you arrive home to find your door ajar, hear unusual sounds or believe your apartment has been broken into, DON’T GO IN! Immediately call the police.

When you are away from your residence, leave your interior lights on.

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