Crime Alert - Armed Robbery near the Lake Shore Campus
October 28, 2017
Campus Safety is writing to notify you of an armed robbery that occurred today at approximately 3:45 p.m. near the Lake Shore Campus.
A Loyola student was approached in the 6300 block of North Lakewood Avenue by two men who displayed a small handgun and demanded the student’s possessions. The offenders fled the scene southbound on Lakewood Avenue, and the student was not injured. Both offenders were described as being approximately 5' 8" and in their early 20’s. One was described as thinly built, and the other was said to be wearing a black jacket.
Campus Safety is working closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigation. If anyone has information on the incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263. The Chicago Police Department also continues to investigate leads related to other recent violent incidents in the district, and any new updates will be posted to the 24th District Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) and CLEARMAP websites.
Please also keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind:
- Always stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Refrain from using headphones or talking on the phone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat. It also advertises to a would-be thief that you may have a desirable item to steal.
- Be wary of unsolicited strangers. If someone approaches you on the street, keep moving and try to avoid additional contact. If possible, cross the street or change your direction.
- If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
- If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.
- Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
Campus Safety recognizes that survivors are not at fault for any crime. Students who are seeking resources related to acts of violence can contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 or visit the Community Coalition on Gender-Based Violence website. Faculty and staff in need of resources are encouraged to utilize the University’s Employee Assistance Program.
Thomas K. Murray
Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police