Loyola University Chicago

Campus Safety

Crime Alert - Attempted Armed Robbery at the Water Tower Campus

February 24, 2017

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to notify you about an attempted armed robbery that occurred today at approximately 9 a.m. at the Water Tower Campus.

A Loyola student was walking at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Pearson Street and was approached by two males who implied that they had a weapon and demanded the student’s belongings. The student fled, entering Corboy Law Center without further incident. The offenders then fled southbound on Wabash Avenue.

One of the two offenders was last seen wearing a white collared shirt under a black graphic t-shirt that read “I Love Loud,” along with a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, light denim jeans with tears, and white gym shoes. The other offender was dressed in a blue, short-sleeved, hooded sweatshirt with yellow and white stripes, dark denim jeans, and dark gym shoes.

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.

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.
  • 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 Coordinated Community Response Team 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