UIPD issues Crime Alert 17-15

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

On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at about 12:30 a.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at an ATM in the 100 block of South Clinton St. The victim was using the ATM to obtain cash when the suspect stood close behind her and grabbed her hand and took the money when the cash was distributed. No weapons were displayed. The suspect was described as a male wearing a camouflage V-neck, gray jeans, and a Gucci wristlet. Bystanders intervened and the suspect ran away.

In a separate incident on Monday, October 23, 2017 at about 5:30 a.m., residents in an east side residence hall awoke to find a male standing in their room. The residents yelled at the person and they left the room. The suspect was described as a male, with a medium build and dark hair wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, and gym shoes.

In response to these incidents, the University of Iowa Police Department would like to provide the following general safety reminders.

We strongly encourage all residence hall occupants to secure their doors at all times, even when they are leaving for short periods or are sleeping inside the rooms.

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: https://police.uiowa.edu/campus-security-act/campus-security-act.