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Attempted robbery

Newark Police investigate attempted robbery of UD student


10:57 p.m., Feb. 11, 2014--Newark Police are investigating an attempted robbery of a University of Delaware student that occurred at approximately 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the intersection of West Park Place and Apple Road, Newark. 

A 19-year-old woman, who is a UD student, was walking west on the north side of West Park Place when she was approached from behind by an unknown man. He grabbed her from behind, displayed a knife and demanded her property. When she told him she had no property, he pushed her to the ground and fled northbound on Apple Road. The victim was not injured during the incident. 

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After the robbery attempt, the student ran to her home on South Main Street and contacted Newark Police. Officers responded immediately to the scene and a canine track was conducted by a University of Delaware Police Department K9 team, but the suspect was not located. 

The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood pulled up over his head. 

Anyone with additional information about 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 can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or, where a reward may be available.

Safety tips

UD Police remind members of the University community to take precautions to safeguard themselves against crime: 

• Show a confident attitude and be alert and aware of your surroundings. 

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

• Use well-lighted paths and sidewalks, and take the most direct route. 

• Report all suspicious activity by calling 911. 

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