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Iowa City police seek suspect in Saturday evening robbery

On February 12 at approximately 1:13 a.m., Iowa City Police received a report of a strong-armed robbery at 22 S. Van Buren Street. The victim reported being approached by two men who demanded his phone and wallet. The suspects fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash and were not located. One suspect was described as being about 6 feet tall with a muscular build, short buzzed hair and wearing a white and navy blue crew neck shirt. The other suspect was also described to be about 6 feet tall, with light brown scruffy hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap and gray sweater or sweatshirt, according to police.

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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.)