WEST LAFAYETTE — An emergency alert was issued early Saturday morning after two people had their cell phones and wallets taken in a reported armed robbery near Purdue University.
Purdue University Police Department officers were called around 1:45 a.m. to the 100 block of Pierce Street, just east of campus, on the report of a robbery, according to an emergency alert.
The suspect, described as a white male in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had scruffy facial hair, according to the alert. He was seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants running towards the Wood Street Parking Garage. It is unknown if the suspect was arrested.
The following safety tips were provided by Purdue University:
- Travel in well lit, busy areas and avoid walking or parking in dark areas.
- Be alert and aware of what is going on around you.
- Be aware of "apple picking," especially at night.
- Don't display or carry large amounts of money.
- Keep your purse close to you and wallets on an inside pocket.
- Travel with friends at night when possible.
- Don't accept rides from strangers
- Report suspicious activity to police.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call PUPD at 765-494-8221 or the WeTip anonymous hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
RTV6 has reached out to Purdue University by email for more information and is awaiting a response.