Crime Alerts

Crime alerts are issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by Northwestern University Police. A Campus Crime Alert is posted when a Clery Act crime is reported to the University Police and the crime is considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.  These crimes must have occurred within those areas of the campus that are specifically defined in the Clery Act (on campus property, non-campus property owned or controlled by the University or public property bordering campus). This information is typically disseminated to campus community members via e-mail and notification on the University homepage and the University Police web site.

Below is an archive of crime alerts from the past year. Select a Crime Alert to review related incident information. Visit the Safety Tips web page for information on a variety of crime prevention topics.

DateCampusIncident
08-25-2014ChicagoAggravated Battery / Robbery
07-04-2014ChicagoAggravated Assault
12-08-2013EvanstonSexual Assault
10-30-2013ChicagoRobbery

Aggravated Battery / Robbery

Chicago, 08-25-2014

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at approximately 7:16 p.m., a man not affiliated with the University was the victim of an aggravated battery with a vehicle and a robbery in the 300 block of East Superior Street in Chicago.

The man was walking east on the south side of Superior Street when a car going northbound on Inner Lake Shore Drive suddenly turned westbound on the sidewalk. He ran into the street and the vehicle struck him, knocking him to the ground in front of Abbott Hall. Three men in the car got out of the car, pursued the victim and forcibly took a backpack from him.

No weapon was displayed and the victim was later taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Both Chicago Police and University Police arrived on the scene. A search for the offenders was conducted by both departments but was unsuccessful.

The offenders were described as follows:
Offender #1: Male African American 24 years of age, 5-10 tall, 140 lbs., medium complexion wearing a black sweat jacket, black pants and black and white shoes.
Offender #2: Male African American 40 years of age, 5-10 tall, 160 lbs., wearing glasses, a khaki t-shirt, blue Levis jeans and black shoes.
Offender 3: Male African American 40 years of age, 5-11 with stocky build. The victim could not provide further details.

The vehicle was described as a grey or silver Nissan small SUV with unknown license plates.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Chicago Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Northwestern University Police Department at 312-503-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Aggravated Assault

Chicago, 07-04-2014

On Friday, July 4, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., four non-university pedestrians were victims of an aggravated assault in the 300 block of East Ontario Street in Chicago. The pedestrians were entering their parked vehicle at that location when a man exited a vehicle, approached them and displayed an object believed to be a knife. An argument ensued and then the man got back in his vehicle and left the area.

The four people were not injured and no property was demanded or taken by the offender.

Chicago Police and University Police were notified. Both departments searched the area for the offender but were not successful.

The man was described as white, appearing to be in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy build and driving a white Acura sedan with Illinois plates.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Chicago Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Northwestern University Police Department at 312-503-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Sexual Assault

Evanston, 12-08-2013

A female Northwestern student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault at approximately midnight Saturday, Dec. 8 in the 1300 block of Maple Avenue in Evanston. Following is a community alert issued by the Evanston Police Department today (Monday, Dec. 9).

The Evanston Police Department wants to make the public aware of an attempted sexual assault that occurred over the weekend on Saturday night, December 8th just after midnight. An unidentified male approached a 23-year-old female resident in the 1300 block of Maple Ave. and knocked the victim to the ground. While the victim was being attacked, the unknown offender attempted to undress the victim. The victim had made an attempt to defend herself and was further battered by the offender. The victim was subsequently treated for facial injuries at a local hospital.

The offender description is: Male/Unknown Race/Fair Skin/5-7 to 5-8/Slim Build/Blue Jeans/Dark Coat/Possible Knit Cap. The offender was seen just prior to the attack and was walking eastbound on Dempster St. approaching Maple Ave.

There have been no other incidents of this type that have recently been reported to police. The Evanston Police Department is soliciting any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this subject by calling (847) 866-5000 or utilizing text-a-tip by texting to CRIMES (274637) and typing EPD Tip with the anonymous tip information.

The University Police Department reminds all community members to report suspicious activities/persons immediately to University Police or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a blue light emergency telephone. The Northwestern shuttle bus service and SafeRide provide transportation to areas both on and off campus.

Robbery

Chicago, 10-30-2013

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at approximately 8:15 p.m., a female Northwestern University employee was the victim of a robbery in the 300 block of East Chicago Avenue in Chicago. The employee was standing in front of the entrance to Levy Mayer Hall when a man approached her and asked for directions. The employee turned around with her smartphone in her hand, and as she turned, the man grabbed her phone and fled north through Lake Shore Park.

No weapon was displayed and the victim was not injured.

Chicago Police and University Police were notified. Both departments searched the area for the offender but were not successful.

The man was described as African-American, appearing to be in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, skinny build, short hair and clean-shaven. He was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Chicago Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Northwestern University Police Department at 312-503-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.