Security Alert: August 3, 2009

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

8:10 a.m., Monday, August 3—On 58th Street near Ellis—a woman, 74, just walking from Citi Bank was approached from behind by a male who placed an object to her back and told her not to turn around, and to give him her money. The victim gave the offender $900 dollars in one-hundred-dollar bills she had just withdrawn from the bank. The offender ran north on Ellis. Offender is described as a male, African American, 20’s, 5’7”–5’9”, slender build, dark complexion, long dreadlocks hair, wearing a white T-shirt over a blue T-shirt and blue jeans. Police are investigating.

Safety Tip: Whenever possible, ask a family member or trusted friend to accompany you to the bank when you plan to withdraw a large amount of money.

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