Staying Safe

Security Alert: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

UCPD has been notified of two robberies that occurred on campus over a short period of time today. The vehicle used in both cases and location suggests the same individual is responsible for both crimes:

At approximately 5:25 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, a UC Medicine staff member walking on the sidewalk at 5721 S. Maryland observed an unknown subject exit a blue or grey vehicle, possibly an Infiniti. The suspect approached and struck the victim on the shoulder, grabbed a cell phone from the victim’s hand, ran back to the waiting car that drove northbound. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, a University student walking southbound at 5730 S. Ellis Avenue passed a grey Infiniti parked at the curb. An unknown subject exited the passenger’s side door and approached the victim from the rear, grabbed the victim’s shoulder and snatched a cell phone from the victim’s hand. The suspect reentered the car that made a U-turn driving northbound on Ellis Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle had an Illinois license plate S173185. The victim reported no physical injuries.


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 electronic devices 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 the University’s emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to police by activating an emergency phone or by calling the UCPD when you get to a safe location. Use the UCPD’s Safety Escort Program and when possible use public transportation. Visit the Department of Safety & Security’s website for more information about safety and security at the University of Chicago.

  • 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).