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Woman Reports Abduction Attempt at Wash U

The robbery and abduction attempt took place Tuesday night in a garage on the Danforth Campus.

A woman is reporting a robbery and abduction attempt Tuesday at . 

The 23-year-old female student reported being approached in the Snow Way garage at about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Washington University sent out a crime alert to students Wednesday morning. Quoting from the alert: 

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday night, a 23-year old student reports she was approached by a suspect as she entered her vehicle in the Snow Way Garage on the north side of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. 

The suspect told the victim he had a knife and demanded that she drive him to several bank locations in St. Louis to withdraw money from her ATM bank account. The suspect eventually got out of the victim’s vehicle at a location believed to be in the city of St. Louis and the victim then drove to her apartment also located in city of St. Louis. The victim was not physically injured during the incident. 

Washington University Police were notified of the incident at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s; approximately 6 feet in height; medium build; wearing a white or cream colored baseball cap with a dark bill and a New York Yankees insignia, white t-shirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, and carrying a dark colored t-shirt or other cloth around his neck. 

Police believe the suspect walked from Big Bend to campus. 

The Washington University Police Department is coordinating the investigation with assistance from the . 

The school will immediately be committing additional overtime patrols to the area, Washington University officials said in the alert.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 314-935-5555 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Jacob Piwo August 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM
So there is a STL County police vehicle right now at Snow Way and Big Bend. Is it just me, or does this reactive, instead of proactive approach to our safety seem like the wrong approach. I guarantee you, there will not be a police officer sitting there 1 month from today (unless of course there is another incident). Our neighborhood in Ucity (close to campus) has had several burglaries recently. The Ucity police patroled heavily for the next 2-3 days....then you don't see them at all. I work from home most of the time, go out and run, and walk the dog several times a day...so that's what I am seeing. Does anyone else think this reactive approach to protecting us is completely wrong???
Joe S August 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Jacob - I agree with you. But realize that police really are reactive. Just like it is extremely rare to personally run into a crime in progress, police rarely (hardly ever) run into it either. What works are vigilant neighbors and calls for suspicious people, cars and behavior. That and some education about how to describe a person, mainly clothes (color/type) worn, direction of travel, color of the car, make of the car, etc. These really help. Also, call their non emergency number, and ask to be contacted by the officer.
Mark Oppenheim August 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Jacob, given the number of times over the year that I've been stopped while walking in University City and asked for my identification so that the officer could run a check and make sure there were no outstanding warrants for me, I'd have to say that they are being proactive. Unfortunately, given budget constraints, we only have so many officers on the street at any given time, and they can't be everywhere.
Russ Rosener August 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
If you want proactive Protection Jacob, buy a handgun. Learn to use it properly, and then get a Concealed Carry Permit. The Police have been very busy all over St. Louis and StL County this summer.....

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