Eugene Police send out a safety warning after two incidents near UO campus

Two incidents near the UO Campus have police reminding people about personal safety while out at night.

Posted: Mar. 17, 2018 2:44 PM
Updated: Mar. 18, 2018 10:25 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police are sending out a public safety warning after they said they had a report of a robbery and a suspicious condition Saturday morning.

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Police said a robbery was reported at 15th and Mill around 12:58 a.m. on March 17.

They said A 19-year-old woman was walking home from a party when a man approached her and grabbed her shoulders, as two other suspects came from behind and began searching her.

Officers said the victim did not have anything on her except a cell phone, so the suspects took off.

Police said the victim ran to her boyfriend’s home to call 911.

They said there was no mention or display of a weapon. One of the suspects is described as a white man in his 20s, approximately 6'00" tall, with a medium build and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball hat and dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Police said St 12:50 a.m. on March 17, a 21-year-old woman’s friend called to report suspicious conditions at E. 15th Alley and Alder Street.
 
Officers said the woman was walking through the alley and saw two men hiding behind some dumpsters next to the Delta Gamma House. She said one of them was holding a handgun, but neither  approached or made any movements toward the woman.

Police said the woman called a friend as she ran to a local bar where she reached a second friend who called police.

The man holding the gun is described as a black male in his mid-20s, with a medium build, wearing all black clothing. The other suspect was described as being a white male also in his mid-20s, with a medium build and wearing all black clothing.

Police ask that residents report robberies or suspicious conditions immediately, as it will increase the chances of apprehending suspects.

Police also ask that people are aware of their surroundings at all times.

They said to not let strangers into your ‘space' and if you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 911 immediately.

UO students have many safe transportation resources through the University: UO Safe Ride program (541-346-RIDE extension 2) or Designated Driver Shuttle (541.346.RIDE extension 1), or UO Campus Shuttle (facebook.com/UOCampusShuttle), or UOPD on-campus escort (541.346.2919).

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