Crime Alerts

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ROBBERY (Off Campus)

On October 18, 2019, at 06:20 pm, City of Pittsburgh Police along with University of Pittsburgh Police, responded to 3444 Forbes Avenue at Jimmy John’s for a robbery that occurred at that location. The victim stated that the suspect leaned over, said he had a gun, and to open the cash register and give him the money. The suspect grabbed money out of the register and ran. The suspect then fled east on Forbes Avenue. At no time was any weapon seen.

Description of the suspect is as follows:

Suspect: Black male, 50 years old, 5’07” tall, slender build, with salt and pepper colored beard, wearing a thick flannel jacket, dark pants and a beanie cap.

Anyone having information regarding this incident should call the University of Pittsburgh Police at 412-624-2121, (Reference Report # 19-03310); or the City of Pittsburgh Police Department (Zone 4) at 412-422-6520 (Reference CCR #19- 212865).

Crime Tips:

Report suspicious persons and crime incidents promptly.
Pay attention to your surroundings, trust your instincts, and go to a public place.
When traveling at night, walk with friends.
Avoid using devices that impair your hearing or sight while walking.
Do not approach suspicious persons or vehicles. 
Use the University Shuttle Service when possible (SAFERIDER 412-648-2255).

Posted: October 18, 2019

Attempted Robbery with Weapon (Off Campus)

University of Pittsburgh Police Officers assisted the City of Pittsburgh Police Department with an attempted robbery that occurred on October 16th, 2019 at approximately 9:43 pm, in the 3400 block of Saint James Place. Officers arrived on scene and located a victim, who stated that he was walking in the 3400 block of Saint James Place when two unknown males approached him and ordered him to give up his belongings, in which one male displayed a firearm. The victim yelled for help and the suspects then fled on foot towards Semple Street. No injuries reported and nothing was taken from the victim.

Description of the suspects is as follows:

  • Suspect #1 – African-American male, approximately 6’0’’, heavy set, goatee facial hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt
  • Suspect #2 – African-American male, approximately 5’6’’, bushy hair, thin moustache, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt underneath a gray in color jacket. This suspect displayed the firearm.

Anyone having information regarding this incident should call the Pittsburgh Police Department (Zone 4) at 412-422-6520 (reference CCR #19-211565) or the University of Pittsburgh Police at 412-624-2121. (Reference report #19-03286)

Crime Tips:

  • Report suspicious persons and crime incidents promptly.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, trust your instincts, and go to a public place.
  • When traveling at night, walk with friends.
  • Avoid using devices that impair your hearing or sight while walking.
  • Do not approach suspicious persons or vehicles.  
  • Use the University Shuttle Service when possible (SAFERIDER 412-648-2255).

Posted:  October 17, 2019

BURGLARY (Off Campus)

University of Pittsburgh Police Officers assisted the City of Pittsburgh Police Department with an attempted burglary that occurred at approximately 10:50 pm on October 3, 2019, in the 300 block of Melwood Avenue. The victim stated that while he was sleeping, an unknown person attempted to open his bedroom window but was unable to. The suspect then fled through his backyard in an unknown direction.

On October 4, 2019 at approximately 1:24 am, University of Pittsburgh Police Officers assisted the City of Pittsburgh Police Department with a burglary that occurred in the 300 block of Melwood Avenue. The victim stated that while she was not home, an unknown person made entry into her residence through an unlocked rear window. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported, there were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was taken from the residence.

Description of the suspect is as follows:

Suspect:  unknown

Anyone having information regarding this incident should call the City of Pittsburgh Police Department (Zone 4) at 412-422-6520 (Reference CCR # 19-201553 or 19-201626) or the University of Pittsburgh Police at 412-624-2121. (Reference report #19-03113 or #19-03116)

Crime Tips:

  • Report suspicious persons and crime incidents promptly.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, trust your instincts.
  • Be aware of who you invite into your home.
  • Keep doors and windows secured.

Posted:  October 4, 2019