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Feb. 2, 2012

Update: UI issues Hawk Alert for attempted robbery at Hubbard Park

A University of Iowa student was walking with a friend along the sidewalk of Hubbard Park at approximately 1:36 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, just south of the Iowa Memorial Union when a man approached her and asked to use her cell phone. The suspect grabbed the student with one hand and displayed a pocketknife with another. The student got away from her attacker, and he left the area in a vehicle. The student was not injured.

The suspect vehicle was later located, and the suspect was dropped off at the corner of Washington and Capitol prior to the vehicle being stopped by UI Police. After UI and Iowa City Police could not immediately locate the suspect, a Hawk Alert was issued by the UI Police. The suspect is still at large.

The suspect is described as a 35-40 year old white male, 5'10" tall, and weighing 180 lbs. He had red/blondish thinning hair and a receding hairline and was wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing a dirty red zip up sweatshirt with a hood and a dark colored undershirt.

Police are seeking anyone with information about this incident to call UI Police at 319-335-5022.

UI Police encourage students to walk in groups and call 911 immediately when a crime occurs, which happened in this case. Also, UI Police advise that people should not pick up strangers or hitchhikers to ride in their cars.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

Hawk Alert is the university's system for notifying the campus community of threats to physical safety in emergency situations. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,