Cell phone stolen at Forsyth and Skinker

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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.

“We typically haven’t had much [crime] reported in that area; hopefully this is sort of an isolated incident,” Washington University Police Department Chief Don Strom said.

According to a crime advisory sent out to the 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. As the victim turned to face the assailant, he grabbed the phone from her hand and ran east into Forest Park.

“We responded, and we’ll assist St. Louis police in searching for a possible suspect. We also have increased our patrols in that area as well,” Strom said.

The assailant was described as a black male in his early 20s, standing at about 6 feet in height and weighing about 190 pounds. He was wearing a black-and-red baseball cap, a white athletic shirt with black sleeves and black jeans.

Additional reporting by Leah Kucera and Michael Tabb.

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