UIPD issues Crime Alert 17-08

In the interest of campus safety we want everyone to be aware that...

On July 16 at approximately 7:50 p.m., a UI employee was walking toward her vehicle on level 1 of the Melrose Avenue Parking Facility (Hospital Ramp 4) when she saw a male attempting to remove a bumper sticker from her car. When she intervened, the suspect displayed a knife. She fled and called police who immediately checked the area but the suspect was not located.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his late 20s with blonde hair and a longer goatee. He was wearing a white ball cap, a light blue short sleeved shirt, and khaki shorts with pockets. 

This matter remains under investigation. If you have any information please contact 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 by dialing 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.)

Download the Hawk Watch mobile application to communicate with the UI Police Department via text message or request a guardian to monitor your commute. To download the free app, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for Rave Guardian. Once you download Rave Guardian, create a profile using your UI email address to gain access to the Hawk Watch network. For more information on Hawk Watch, visit: https://police.uiowa.edu/communications/hawk-watch.