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On Sunday 4/2/17 at about 1:54 a.m., a Tufts student called TUPD and reported that about 20 minutes earlier two males had attempted to take his backpack while walking on Warner St. by Pearson Rd. in Somerville. The victim stated that two males approached him from behind and one of the males grabbed and pulled at his backpack strap along his left shoulder.  The victim freed himself and was then grabbed by the other male, who said “you’re ok, you’re ok.” At that point the victim ran away, across Warner St. toward a group of people he saw walking, and then ran home.

The suspects were described as two males, ages in their middle 20’s, possibly Hispanic, both about five feet, five inches tall, both wearing hooded sweatshirts, one red in color, with both suspects wearing jackets over their sweatshirts. A search of the area was conducted by Tufts, Somerville and Medford Police without success.

This incident is being actively investigated by Somerville and Tufts University Police Departments. While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken: PRECAUTIONS:

  • 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 electronic devices.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes and walk with friends whenever possible.
  • Utilize the SafeRide service by calling Tufts Police at (617) 627-3030 or from a campus phone dial X-73030.
  • 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.

If you have any information regarding the above incident please contact the Tufts Police as soon as possible at 617-627-3030 or x73030 from an off campus phone or call the Somerville Police at 617-625-1600.