UNIVERSITY CITY (KMOV.com) – University City Police are investigating two recent carjackings by University of Washington students. According to Captain Frederick Lemons, detectives are tracking several leads in the cases.
WashU students received a crime alert bulletin about both incidents. Stella Goffman is a student at the school.
“It’s definitely a concern that there are people out there who want to take advantage of WashU students,” she said.
Around 3:18 p.m. Tuesday, a female student was walking to her car in an alley behind the 6000th block of Clemens Avenue when a man with a gun took her keys and phone, according to police. her and drove away.
On January 27, police said four men walked up to two female students who were sitting in a parked car in the 6200 block of Cabanne and asked the women to get out. The suspects then got into a car and fled. The incident happened around 12:50 a.m.
Investigators say they do not believe the students were specifically targeted, and that the incidents were opportunistic crimes. They said it was rare for these types of crimes to happen in broad daylight.
Among the safety tips WashU and police impart to students is to park in well-lit places, be aware of your surroundings, and not sit looking at your phone for long periods of time before you start driving.
The University City Police have joined the University of Washington Police Department to begin patrols against robberies and car thefts. According to Captain Lemons, detectives are working with other police departments and the federal government to find and prosecute those involved in two recent student car robberies.
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