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Emergency alert issued after armed robbery reported near Purdue University

Posted: 7:03 AM, Nov 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-02 11:18:31-04
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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.