At about 7:45 PM on Thursday, February16, 2017, a Tufts graduate student reported to the Tufts University Police Department that he had been the victim of an unarmed robbery. He related that about 15 minutes earlier, while walking on Oak Street between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue, he was approached by a male who asked him what time it was. The victim removed his phone from his front pocket, checked and relayed the time to the male and returned the phone to his front pocket. After walking on a few steps the suspect came from behind him, reached into his pocket and grabbed his phone. After a short struggle the suspect fled toward Washington Street with the victim’s IPhone. The victim was not physically injured.
Tufts University and Boston Police Departments immediately searched the area for the suspect to no avail.
The suspect was described by the victim as a black male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black sneakers with no facial hair and may have been wearing a red shirt under the sweatshirt.
While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken:
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.