The University of Iowa

HAWK ALERT UPDATE: UIPD seeks suspects in armed robbery

On September 29, 2017, at approximately 10:45 p.m., University of Iowa Police received a report of an armed robbery north of Reinow Residence Hall near the construction site for the new UI College of Pharmacy.

The victim reported being approached by two men, one of whom had a gun. The suspects fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. One suspect was described as wearing a yellow or orange hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. UIPD is currently investigating. If you have any information, please call UI Police at 335-5022.

In response to this incident, the University of Iowa Police Department is providing the following information. This information is general and not related to the aforementioned account.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings when walking alone especially late at night and in the early morning hours.
  • If you believe you are being followed, quickly walk/run toward other people or enter an establishment and immediately call the police 911.
  • Never risk injury for material items, give them up immediately if you are threatened with physical harm.
  • You are under no obligation to communicate with strangers; don't be concerned with appearing to be rude if you feel vulnerable.
  • FOR SOMEONE VULNERABLE OR AS A BYSTANDER; If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Being an active bystander doesn't require that you put yourself at risk; call the police immediately by dialing 911. If practical, attempt to record pertinent information (i.e., description of the assailant, distinguishing features, location and direction of travel, etc.)

You are receiving this information in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. Read the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety's 2016 Campus Safety and Security Report at: