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Attempted Armed Robbery

Date: January 20, 2014

Location: Off Campus / Fairfield St. Between Florance St. and Grove St.

Perpetrators

  • Suspect #1 is described as a Black Male in his 20’s, 5 feet 4 inches tall, heavy build, wearing dark pants and a dark jacket, armed with a silver color handgun.
  • Suspect #2 is described as a Black Male in his 20’s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a tan color jacket with a hood, dark pants.

Circumstances

The University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety Department is investigating an Attempted Armed Robbery that occurred off campus on Jan. 20, 2014.  Two UDM students were walking northbound on the east side of Fairfield when they were approached by the perpetrators.

Perpetrator #1 opened his coat and showed the victims a silver color handgun in the waistband of his pants and told them he would shoot them if they screamed. Perpetrator #1 then asked the victims what they had on them and they responded that all they had were their student ID's. Perpetrator #1 then told the victims to walk with him northbound on the sidewalk while Perpetrator #2 walked in front of the group. Perpetrator #1 then asked the victims where they were going and they told him they were going to the fraternity house on the corner of Grove at which time they were allowed to walk to that location. Both Perpetrators’ then escaped on foot north on Fairfield toward McNichols.  Nothing was taken from either victim and no one was injured.

DPS will continue to provide the community with security and safety information through safety notices and updates on the DPS web site.

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    Safety Tips

    • Be aware of others in your surrounding area.     
    • Utilize the campus escort policy or travel with others when possible.
    • Make an attempt to conduct business during hours of daylight.
    • Have your keys in hand so you are ready to open the car and house doors immediately
    • Be aware of your surroundings and others around you at all times.
    • Limit the use of devices that distract you while you are walking (Ex. text message, iPods)
    • On campus emergencies call Public Safety 313-993-1123
    • Off campus emergencies call 9-1-1
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