March 9, 2012
UI police seek information about suspicious men
University of Iowa Police are seeking information about two possibly related incidents in and near downtown Iowa City Friday that may involve the same two suspects, although the descriptions provided by victims and witnesses vary.
A female UI student was walking near Seashore Hall around 9:45 a.m. when two men approached her from behind. One of the men tried to unzip her backpack but walked away without taking anything. The men were described as black, one wearing a black beanie and a black zip-up sweatshirt (identified by the woman as the man who tried to unzip her backpack), the other in gray sweatpants and gray sweatshirt.
Then at 12:54 p.m., another female UI student walking near Burge Hall reported being approached by a man who asked to use her cell phone. After initially refusing, the woman loaned him her phone and he ran off with it. She described the suspect as black, about 18 or 19 years old, about 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds, with black hair, a beard or beard stubble, wearing a black stocking cap with a small red insignia, light gray pants with a white belt, and black shoes.
UI Police responded to 911 calls about both incidents but were unable to locate the suspects. However, a photo taken by a Code Blue emergency phone near Seashore Hall captured two men (in the foreground) who fit some of the descriptions. View the photo at http://police.uiowa.edu/news/cell-phone-snatched-from-student/, and on the UI Police Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/UIowa.Police.
Anyone with information about these incidents, the described suspects or the men in the accompanying photo should contact UI Police at 319-335-5022.
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.
UI Police encourage students to walk in groups and call 911 immediately when a crime occurs or suspicious activity is observed.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACT: David A. Visin, associate director of Public Safety, 319-335-5022; Stephen Pradarelli, director of University News Services, 319-384-0007, firstname.lastname@example.org