Security Alert: July 1, 2009

To: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members
From: Marlon C. Lynch, Associate VP for Safety and Security and Chief of Police

At 9:15 a.m., Wednesday, July 1 —A 28-year-old woman was shot in the arm by a man who accosted her on 63rd Street near Drexel, demanding money. The woman, who had just left a currency exchange, was reaching into her purse when the single shot was fired. The suspect fled on foot. The woman was transported to the hospital where she is being treated. Chicago Police and University of Chicago police are investigating.

The offender is described as a male, black, late 30’s, 5’11”, thin build, dark complexion, bald, full beard, wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.

Be aware of your surroundings and walk with a companion, when possible.


  • Use public transportation options: free bus service, SafeRide, and umbrella service.
  • 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 the University’s Safety & Security website
  • Security Alerts are based on information that has been reported to the University of Chicago Police. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Alert was issued. Security Alerts will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community.
  • Comments or suggestions relating to security related issues should be sent to ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu
  • PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police patrol area boundaries are 39th Street on the north to 64th Street on the south /Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive (39th to 60th )/Evans to Stony Island (61st to 64th Street).