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At about 2:15 am on May, 16, 2015, a visiting Tufts University affiliate reported to the Tufts University Police that he had been robbed (no weapon used) while traveling on foot from Davis Square while on College Ave, in Somerville near the Powder House Rotary.

The victim reported that three suspects approached him from behind and a struggled ensued, causing him to drop his luggage and backpack, which was then taken by one of the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene.

The victim sustained minor physical injuries.

The suspects fled on College Avenue into Nathan Tufts Park in Somerville.

The Somerville and Medford Police were notified. Officers recovered the victim’s backpack inside of Nathan Tufts Park, Somerville.

The victim described the suspects as follows:

Suspect 1- White male, about 5 feet, 9inches tall, in his early 20s, thin build, clean shaven, wearing a light colored short sleeve shirt, and blue jeans.

Suspect 2- White male, about 5 feet, 6inches tall, in his early 20s, medium / heavy set build, light beard, dreadlocks, wearing a baggy coat and blue jeans.

Suspect 2 – Asian male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, in his early 20s, thin build, black hair, with some facial hair, wearing a gray / black jacket and blue jeans.

Somerville and Tufts Police are investigating this incident and have increased patrols in the area.


* Walk confidently and with purpose, always being aware of your surroundings.

* Walk with others. If you must travel alone at night, utilize the GoSafe service, which is available sunset to sunrise each day of the week by calling the Tufts Police at 617-627-3030 or x73030 from a campus phone.

* Report any suspicious person(s) or circumstances to the Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 or x66911 from a campus phone, or call 9-1-1 for local police.

* Program the Tufts Police emergency telephone number into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency: 617-627-6911

If anyone has information about this incident please report this information to Somerville Police at 617-625-1600 or Tufts University Police at 617-627-3030.