The University of Iowa

News release regarding April 25 Hawk Alert

UI Police Investigate Reported Armed Robbery 

At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Monday, April 25, University of Iowa Police responded to Art Building West, 141 N. Riverside Drive, for a report of a first degree robbery.

The female victim reported that she was walking home when she was approached from behind and attacked by an unknown male. The victim was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for non-life threatening injuries. The victim described the suspect as a white male with brown hair wearing a red and white jacket. 

This incident remains under investigation. UI Police have identified a person of interest - pictured below - and would like to speak with them about this incident. Anyone with information about this incident or the person of interest is asked to contact UI Police at 319-335-5022. 

Please note: This incident was originally reported as an assault, but is now being investigated as a first degree robbery.

The UI Department of Public Safety recommends:

  • Walk with a group whenever possible, and be aware of your surroundings, especially late at night and in the early morning hours. Avoid distractions, such as cell phones, especially if you are alone. 
  • Make use of campus safety services, such as NITE RIDE or Rave Guardian, whenever possible. 
  • If you are being followed, go to a well-lit or crowded location and call 911.
  • Don't risk injury for material items, give them up immediately if you are threatened with physical harm.
  • You are not obligated to communicate with strangers; don't be concerned with appearing to be rude if you feel vulnerable.
  • Always lock the doors of your residence, even when you are home. 
  • If you observe a crime in progress, stay calm, find a safe location, and call the police immediately by dialing 911. Take note of as many as details as possible for law enforcement such as a description of the suspect, direction of their travel, and the make/model and license plate of a vehicle, etc.

Media Contact:
Hayley Bruce, PIO, Department of Public Safety, 319-335-5022