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UIPD Issues Crime Alert

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

According to an Iowa City Police press release, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 2:24 a.m., Iowa City Police officers responded to the area of College St. and Van Buren St. on the report of a strong arm robbery that had just occurred.  The victims reported that they were walking on College St. when a group of African American males got out of a vehicle, assaulted them, and stole their wallets.  The suspects returned to the vehicle and fled the area.  Both victims sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect/s.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

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.

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/sites/police.uiowa.edu/files/asr.pdf.