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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:

  1. Black male, early 20s, about 6 feet, 1 inches tall, thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
  2. Black male, late teens, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, thin build.
  3. Black female, early 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, medium build, wearing a neon colored jacked.

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:

  • 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.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes and walk with friends whenever possible.
  • Utilize the SafeRide service.  Members of the Boston Health Sciences campus can dial Tufts Police at (617) 636-6610 or from a campus phone dial X-66610.
  • 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.

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.

TW-18-01-CPB