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To:      The Tufts Community

From:  Tufts Police

Date:   October 11, 2016

The Tufts Police learned today from the Boston Police of an attempted unarmed robbery that occurred near the Boston-SMFA campus  on October 7, 2016 at approximately 7:50pm.  The victim, a non Tufts affiliate, reported that 3 male suspects approached him while walking on Pontiac Street and tried to take his backpack. The victim was pushed to the ground but was able to flee without injury and retain his property. A search of the area was conducted by Boston Police with negative results.

The victim described the 3 suspects as black males between the ages of 16 and 20 years old.

While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk briskly away and call police, being able to give them your location.
  • When possible, walk with friends and stick to well-lit and well-travelled areas
  • Report any suspicious person(s) or circumstances to the Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 or x66911 from a campus phone, or call 911 for off campus emergencies. 
  • Utilize the SafeRide personal safety service on the Boston SMFA campus by using the LYFT APP. Boston Health Sciences campus can dial Tufts Police at (617) 627-3030. The Medford/Somerville campus can use the TapRide mobile app or dial (617) 627-3030.
  • Program the Tufts Police into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency (617-627-6911).

Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting to assist this 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 617-627-3030.