April 17, 2015



On April 17, 2014, at about 8:30 PM, the UC San Diego Police Department received information of a robbery that occurred at about 8:00 PM near parking lot #401 on the campus of UC San Diego. The victim reported as he walked through the parking lot he was approached by a man who he described as an unknown aged African American, tall, wearing a dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt. The man asked the victim for the time and as the victim checked his Apple iPhone cellular telephone the man grabbed the phone from the victim's hand and ran away. The victim said he then noticed two additional unknown aged African American men wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts standing nearby. The victim said one of those men brandished a Taser type device briefly before fleeing from the area with the man who had taken his phone. The victim said all 3 men ran eastbound towards Interstate 5. The victim was uninjured. This case is being investigated by the UC San Diego Police Department. If you have information about this incident, please contact UCSD PD at 858-534-4357 or send an email to

If you are a victim of a robbery:

" If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for - wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don't make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.

" Your safety is most important. Do what the robber says and don't stall.

" If the suspect claims he has a gun, knife, or other weapon in his pocket, believe the suspect.

To help reduce the risk of being the victim of a robbery:

" Avoid displaying and carrying large sums of money in public. Only carry the credit cards you need.

" Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. A purse snatcher could injure you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.

" Be alert and aware. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public.