At approximately 8:50 AM on Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Tufts University Police and the Boston Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the area of 86 Harrison Avenue, a short distance north of the Harrison Ave/ Kneeland Street intersection. The victim, who is non-Tufts affiliated, reported that a suspect wearing all black attire approached and demanded property. The subject displayed a knife. The suspect struck the victim on the forehead and took his wallet. The suspect then fled on Kneeland Street towards South Station, away from the Health Sciences campus. The victim was injured and transported for medical treatment. A search of the area was conducted by Tufts University Police and the Boston Police with negative results.
The suspect was described by the victim as a Hispanic male, 6 feet in height, wearing all black and a cap.
While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken:
• Remain alert and observant of the people around you. If you think someone is following you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant. Don’t be afraid to call out for help.
• Walk with purpose, head up, no earbuds and don’t be distracted by devices.
• Stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes and walk with friends whenever possible.
• Utilize the SafeRide service. Members of the Boston Health Sciences campus can dial Tufts Police at (617) 636-6610 or from a campus phone dial X-66610.
• Program the Tufts Police number into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency (617-627-6911).
• Report any suspicious persons or circumstances to Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 or x66911 from an on-campus phone, or dial 911 for off campus emergencies.
This incident and others that took place in the recent past is under active investigation by the Boston Police, with Tufts University Police and others assisting. The Tufts University Police are working with Boston Police and Tufts Medical Center security staff, increasing police visibility and patrols in the area of the Health Sciences campus and Tufts Medical Center.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call Boston Police detectives directly at (617) 343-4248. Community members wanting to assist in the investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463) or you can contact the Tufts Police at 617-636-6610 from off-campus or a cell phone. From a Health Sciences or Medford/Somerville campus phone, dial X-66610.