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Crime Alert: Shuttle Robbery

December 6, 2009
2244 10th. Street, N.W. Washington D.C.  Tel: 202-806-1100.
Leroy K. James, Chief of Police

Release Date 12/04/09


The Howard University Police Department is investigating a robbery incident that occurred on December 3, 2009. A student reported that he was a victim of an attempted robbery that occurred while he was a passenger aboard a shuttle bus near the intersection of Irving Street NW. and Georgia Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

On Thursday December 3, 2009 at approximately 4:00 pm, an unknown male subject boarded a university shuttle bus, approached a student and told him that he had a weapon.  The subject then demanded that the student hand over his IPod and other personal belongings; however the student refused to comply with the subject’s demands.  The subject did not display a weapon. He later exited the bus several blocks away without obtaining any property.    

Suspect Description:  Black male, approx. 6’2, 160 lbs, unknown years of age, with a dark complexion, and a short hairstyle.  The subject was wearing a dark grey sweatshirt and blue jeans pants.   

The Howard University Police Department (HUPD) notifies the university community when crimes are reported to the HUPD or the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) which present a continuing threat to the students, faculty, or staff, in a manner consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Anyone with information on this case or with additional information should contact the Howard University Police Department at 202-806-1100, or ext 6-4747, or 911 for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Safety Tips:

•       Walk in groups whenever possible and look out for one another.
•       Avoid isolated and dark areas.
•       Carry your cell phone and keep it accessible.
•       If you are approached, take note of the person’s appearance, clothing, and anything that will help to identify the subject.

General Tips:

•       Immediately report any suspicious activity or suspicious individuals to the HU Police Department at 202-806-1100; and program this number into your cell phone for quick access.
•       Use the Shuttle Service or the Campus Escort Service to avoid traveling on foot across campus during the hours of darkness.

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