Two armed robberies near Danforth Campus, suspects still at large
Two armed robberies near Danforth Campus, west of Forsyth Boulevard and near Eastgate Avenue, were reported Wednesday night.
In both reported incidents, a female suspect asked pedestrians to borrow a cell phone, which was followed by a male armed with a gun, who demanded belongings from the victims. According to Washington University Police Department Chief Mark Glenn, the first incident occurred between 6:55 and 7:00 p.m., and the second occurred at 7:25 p.m. No injuries were reported.
WUPD and University City Police Department are working together to locate the suspects who remain at large.
Glenn is working closely with other campus entities to ensure student safety.
“We’ve coordinated with other offices on campus to provide support for the students involved,” Glenn said.
In an urgent crime alert, students were advised with the following: “Be aware of your surroundings and do not engage anyone who may approach you.”
A security memo was also released with additional information regarding the best approaches to safety.
The memo urged students to choose well-lit paths, avoid walking or jogging alone, carry a whistle, exercise caution when approached by an unknown individual and to “give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave” if confronted by a thief.
Editor’s Note: This headline has been changed to reflect that the robberies took place near the Danforth Campus, not on it.