The Department of Campus Safety is writing to notify you about a strong-armed robbery that occurred on Sunday, July 14, around 11:56 p.m., at 6308 N. Winthrop Avenue.
The victim, a Loyola student, was talking on his cell phone in front of 6308 N. Winthrop Avenue when the offender approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground. Upon hitting the ground, the victim’s phone slid from his grasp and the offender picked it up and fled the scene.
A Chicago Police Department patrol vehicle in the area was alerted by the victim and immediately searched the area for the offender. The officers observed the offender running in the south alley of Rosemont Avenue and after a brief foot chase, he was apprehended and the victim’s phone was recovered. The offender was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with robbery.
Although the offender in this instance is in custody, it is important to remember the following safety tips.
- When walking alone off campus, always stay alert and tuned into your surroundings
- Walk or jog in well-lit areas, and stay away from alleys
- Please refrain from listening to headphones/earphones or talking on the phone while out alone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat and it also advertises to a would-be thief that you may have a desirable item to steal
- If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1
For more safety tips, click here.
Thomas K. Murray
Director, Campus Safety