Staying Safe

Security Alert: Thursday, August 4, 2016

At approximately 11:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 3 – A University student walking off-campus at 5425 South Blackstone Avenue was approached from behind by two unknown suspects, one of whom displayed an object. The suspects took the victim’s cellphone and fled northbound on foot. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

At approximately 1:24 a.m., Thursday, August 4 – Two University students walking off-campus on 54th Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue were approached by two unknown suspects who exited a vehicle. One suspect displayed an object and demanded the victims’ property. After taking a laptop computer and wallets from the victims, the suspects reentered the vehicle and drove off. The victims reported no injuries.

At approximately 1:40 a.m., Thursday, August 4 – A person not affiliated with the University, walking off-campus at 5201 South Ingleside Avenue, was approached by two unknown males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects struck the victim and took his book bag before reentering the vehicle and driving off. The victim declined medical attention.

In each case the suspects were described as two African-American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit. The vehicle used was described as a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler.

Chicago Police are investigating these robberies.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not resist an armed robbery unless absolutely necessary. Avoid using cell phones or other electronics while on the street. When walking, try to walk with a group or have a friend walk with you. There is safety in numbers. Familiarize yourself with the location of University emergency phones.  If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency phone or by calling UCPD when you get to a safe location. For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit uchicago.edu/safety. Use the UCPD Safety Escort Program.


  • 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 safety-security.uchicago.edu.
  • 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.

Comments or suggestions about security-related issues should be directed to: ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.

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).