Marquette University alerts students after robbery near campus

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Marquette University’s Department of Public Safety is warning students to be alert — after a robbery in downtown Milwaukee near campus.

It happened on the corner of 16th and Wells at approximately 3:11 a.m.

According to officials, two male suspects approached two Marquette students, displayed a weapon and demanded property. The victims gave up property and the suspects fled northbound, in a dark four-door vehicle. The victims were not physically injured.

One suspect is described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s, approximately 6’0″ tall with facial hair. The second suspect is described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s and approximately 5’9″ to 5’11” tall. Both were wearing dark clothing.

The Milwaukee Police Department and Public Safety officers are investigating the incident. If you have more information, please contact DPS immediately at (414) 288-1911.

ll Marquette students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Walk in pairs or groups, being aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Use the LIMO and safety patrol services provided by DPS. Call 414-288-6363 for SSP escorts.
  • During evening hours watch for the new LIMO with strobe lights patrolling the perimeters of campus; the driver may ask if you want a ride or want to request a walking escort.
  • Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to DPS using one of the more than 300 blue light phones on and near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact DPS using one of the more than 300 blue light phones on and near campus.
  • If you plan to drink, do so in moderation to avoid putting yourself in a position of increased risk.
  • If approached, give up your property.
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