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CRIME ALERT:  University of Michigan Police

Alert ID:

2011-0643 / U-M DPS

Date of Incident:

Feb. 24, 2011, about 10:15pm


south of Towsley Child Care Center (722 South Forest, between Willard and Hill streets)


Unarmed robbery


(updated on Feb 25 2011 01:00)
As two students were walking southbound on the west side of the street, an unknown man ran up behind them. The man attempted to take a purse from one woman's shoulder. She fought him off and retained her purse before he continued running southbound. She was not injured.


White male; college-aged; 5'11" – 6' tall; medium build; wearing a blue surgical mask over his face; a tan, suede jacket; blue jeans; gym shoes; and a dark, knit cap.

If you have any information:

Please contact U-M POLICE (UMPD) at (734) 763-1131 or dial 9-1-1


  • If you see a suspect, do not approach--call police.
  • Always keep your doors locked, even while at home.
  • Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware that your risk increases in secluded and isolated areas.
  • Walk with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.
  • Trust your intuition. If a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 9-1-1 from any phone (no coins need for 9-1-1 calls).
  • Confidential TIP line 1-800-863-1355.
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