On Thursday, February 7th, at about 4:15pm the Tufts University Police on the Boston campus received a call for an attempted unarmed robbery that took place on Harrison Avenue at Harvard Street. A staff member reported that she was walking on Harrison Avenue when two or possibly three males walked toward her. One of the males pushed her and attempted to steal her cell phone. The victim fell to the ground and then began to scream. The suspects fled down Harvard Street toward Tyler Street.
An area search for the suspects was conducted by Tufts University Police. The suspects were not located.
The victim described the suspects as follows:
First suspect: Male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, possibly Hispanic, in his early 20s, wearing dark clothing.
Second suspect: Male, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, white or Hispanic, in his late 20s to early 30s, wearing dark clothing.
* Be aware that the diversionary tactic of pushing is frequently used by criminals to distract victims in attempted cell phone thefts.
* Walk confidently and with purpose, always being aware of your surroundings.
* Utilize the safety escort service, which is available around the clock by calling the Tufts Police at X66610 or 617-636-6610 from an off-campus or cell phone, or call 911 for local police.
* Report any suspicious person(s) or circumstances to the Tufts Police immediately at X66610 or 617-636-6610 from an off-campus or cell phone, or call 911 for local police.
* Program the Tufts Police emergency telephone into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency 617-636-6911.
If you have any information regarding the above incidents please contact the Tufts Police as soon as possible at X66610 or 617-636-6610 from an off-campus or cell phone.