Staying Safe

Security Alert: Saturday, March 14, 2015


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – Ross Jacobs, the suspect wanted for stabbing his roommate on March 13, 2015 in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, has been taken into custody by authorities in Dallas, Texas and is being held without bond for attempted murder.

Saturday, March 14 – On March 13th, 2015, at approximately 3:00 a.m. in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Blvd, a suspect identified by the Chicago Police Department as Ross Jacobs attacked and stabbed his 27-year-old male roommate multiple times, causing severe injuries. Jacobs then fled from the apartment, and has not been located. The Chicago Police Department issued a community alert related to this incident on March 14, 2015. That alert incorrectly identified Jacobs as a current University of Chicago student. He was enrolled at the University at one time but is not a current student.

The suspect is described as follows:

  • White, male
  • 27 years of age, height 6’2” and weight 190 lbs
  • Curly brown hair, mustache and goatee

The suspect, who has been banned from campus following this incident, may be armed and dangerous. If he is seen, do not approach and immediately call 911. If you have any information contact the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives – Area Central (312) 747-8380.

CPD Community Alerts can be viewed at:

Marlon C. Lynch Associate
Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs and Chief of Police

  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
  • More safety and security information is available at
  • Security alerts are issued by email and posted to the Department of Safety & Security’s website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Security alerts are based on information reported to the University of Chicago Police Department. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

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PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police Department patrol area boundaries are 37th Street on the north to 65th Street on the south/Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive (39th Street to 60thStreet)/Evans Avenue to Stony Island Avenue (61st Street to 64th Street)/65th Street (Ellis Avenue to University Avenue).