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Strong arm robbery

Newark Police investigate strong arm robbery


4:12 p.m., Nov. 5, 2012--Newark Police are investigating a strong arm robbery of a University of Delaware student that occurred in early evening of Sunday, Nov. 4, on Scholar Drive, near East Delaware Avenue, adjacent to the University Courtyard apartment complex.

Around 8:30 p.m, an 18-year-old woman was approached by an unknown man who asked her the time. She provided the time and continued walking. Then, she was approached from behind by the man who grabbed her, forced her to the ground and then stole her cell phone. The suspect fled on foot toward Delaware Avenue. The victim, who is a UD student, was not injured. 

Newark Police officers, including an NPD K9 team, responded to the scene and conducted a canine search, but the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as 20-21 years old, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with a thin build and short black hair. He was clean shaven and wearing a black fleece coat.

Anyone with additional information on this incident should contact Detective Fred Nelson at 302-366-7110, ext. 136 or Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD, with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stopppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or, where a reward may be available.

Safety tips

UD is committed to maintaining a safe environment for the members of its community. University of Delaware Police officers and student police aides regularly patrol campus by day and during the late-night hours, and a free walking escort program is available by calling 302-831-2222 or by using one of the many blue light emergency phones located across campus. In addition, aides maintain a presence on UD shuttle buses during late-night runs.

Here are some safety guidelines:

• Show a confident attitude and be alert and aware of your surroundings. Follow common sense safety precautions at all times.

• Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with a group, ride a UD shuttle bus or call for a walking escort.

• Use crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signals to cross streets.

• Keep your doors locked (room and vehicle). 

• Especially for women, Public Safety offers Rape Aggression Defense classes.

• Do not walk on or alongside railroad tracks, and only cross at designated sites, observing the warning signals.

• Report all suspicious activity by calling 911 from on or off campus.

Keep informed. UD’s philosophy is to fully publicize campus-related crime to ensure the campus community is made aware of public health and safety issues. News of crime incidents on or near campus, are reported on UDaily and through Crime Alerts

If you are a crime victim, report the crime to the police as soon as possible. Detailed descriptions of the suspects are invaluable to investigators, as are details such a license plate numbers or types or vehicles.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please email Public Safety.

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