Public Safety Advisory - Aug. 1, 2017

To:  University Community

From:  Department of Public Safety

Date:  August 1, 2017

Subject:  Security Alert

On July 31, 2017, at approximately 11:05 p.m., Public Safety was notified by the Redlands Police Department that it was responding to a report of an armed robbery on campus.  It was determined a University of Redlands student and a friend had been confronted at the northwest corner of the quad by four or five assailants who displayed handguns and demanded the student and friend’s cell phones and wallets.  During the robbery, the student’s friend was physically assaulted and knocked to the ground by at least one of the assailants.  The assailants were described as males, 16 to 26 years of age, wearing hoodie-type sweatshirts.  They were last seen fleeing north on University Street in a dark-colored compact vehicle. 

The Redlands Police Department is actively investigating this incident and believes it may be associated with similar robberies that occurred in Redlands and San Bernardino over the past few nights.  In one of those robberies, one of the assailants reportedly discharged a handgun during the assault. 

Any suspicious activity should be considered a serious matter and reported immediately to Public Safety.

Public Safety is conducting enhanced patrols of the campus and the Redlands Police Department has been requested to provide additional patrol of the area.  Public Safety has located images of the assailants from campus security cameras and is working with the Redlands Police Department in an attempt to identify the responsible individuals in this incident.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Safety at 909-748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.

 As a reminder:

Utilize the Buddy System when walking on or off campus.

During hours of darkness, stay in well-lighted areas and use the lighted pathways on campus as much as possible. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, on and off campus.

Avoid and immediately report any suspicious individual or activity to Public Safety.

If safe, retreat without confrontation by attempting to run or walk away.

If escape is not an option during a robbery, comply with the demands of the assailant.

Our highest priority remains the safety and security of our campus community.  Any off-campus emergency should be reported to Redlands Police at 911.