Washington University administrators addressed the recent wave of crime near campus and outlined new security measures in separate emails sent to parents and students Sept. 18.
Two armed robberies near Danforth Campus, west of Forsyth Boulevard and near Eastgate Avenue, were reported Wednesday night.
With the recent string of armed robberies occurring near Washington University’s Danforth Campus, I started to ask myself why they were happening.
Two security memos were sent out to Washington University students living in the University City area regarding a robbery and a carjacking, which occurred on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
University City is continuing to investigate last week’s robbery on Kingsbury Blvd. that has raised concern among students who live nearby but never received a crime notification about it. Last Sunday night at about 7 p.m., a male student said he was walking on the 6600 block of Kingsbury when he was knocked to the ground and punched by a suspect.
Two suspects brought in by University City Police on Monday made statements implicating themselves in the robbery that occurred Sunday evening near the Big Bend MetroLink Station. The suspects were taken into custody less than 24 hours after the robbery occurred, with assistance from Metro Security and the Washington University Police Department.
Three individuals walking from the Big Bend MetroLink station toward Forsyth Boulevard were robbed around 8:25 p.m. Sunday evening, according to a crime alert sent to students two hours later.
Two armed robberies within a mile of the Danforth Campus in the last several days have left students increasingly aware of off-campus safety issues. Both robberies happened during the day, one at gunpoint and the other involving a pocket knife.
A female walking on Forsyth Boulevard was robbed of her cell phone at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. According to the St. Louis Metro Police Department, the robbery took place on the sidewalk outside the Forsyth School. The victim was not associated with Washington University. The victim was not harmed, and no weapon was used.
A female walking on Forsyth Boulevard was robbed of her cell phone at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. According to a crime advisory sent out to the Washington University community, the victim was approached from behind by a male on the 6200 block of Forsyth and asked to hand over her cell phone.