Dear members of the Tufts University community:
At about 6:40 PM on Monday, December 24th, 2018, a non-Tufts community member was the victim of an attempted armed robbery.
The victim reported to police that while walking on Harrison Ave, in Boston, near the Jaharis building courtyard, three people approached her, two males and one female. As they approached, one of the suspects sprayed pepper spray into the victim’s face and hit the victim in the head with an unknown object. One of the suspects attempted to pull the victim’s backpack from the victims back, but was unsuccessful.
The subjects then entered a parked silver Jeep Cherokee and fled on Harrison Ave, turning right onto Nassau Street (partial Massachusetts license plate, BPS198).
Tufts Medical Center (TMC) Public Safety Department, the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) and the Boston Police Department were dispatched to the victim. An area search was conducted for the suspects, to no avail. The victim was treated by Boston EMS.
The victim describes the suspects as follows:
This incident is being actively investigated. TUPD has enhanced patrols in the area and is working in partnership with the Boston Police Department and the TMC Public Safety Department.
While victims of crimes are never to blame for criminal activity, TUPD recommends the following risk reduction and safety precautions:
Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston detectives directly at (617) 343-4248. Community members wanting to assist in the investigation anonymously can do so by calling the Crime-Stoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463) or you can contact the Tufts Police as soon as possible at 617-636-6610 from off-campus or a cell phone. From the Boston Health Sciences or Medford/Somerville campus phone dial X-6661.