Security Alert: July 25, 2013

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25—An unknown male approached a University staff member sitting in his car parked on the east side of South Cottage Grove Avenue near 58th Street. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s car. The victim struggled with the suspect who then fled southbound on a bicycle toward the Midway Plaisance. The victim sustained a slight laceration to his hand, but declined medical attention. University of Chicago owned video surveillance captured the incident and is being utilized in the investigation.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t resist an armed robbery unless absolutely necessary. Avoid using cell phones or other electronics while on the street. 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.

Marlon C. Lynch
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police


  • 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).