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Students Weren’t Notified of Armed Robbery Near Campus

Shots were fired near Water Tower Place Friday night.

An armed robbery was reported to Loyola Campus Safety one block from Lake Shore Campus Sunday night.

At approximately 10:10 p.m. on North Magnolia Avenue near Lake Shore Campus, the offender grabbed the victim — a 24-year-old female not affiliated with Loyola — by the arm and displayed a handgun before taking the victim’s property, according to the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) report of the incident.

The offender was described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 18 and 25 and escaped in a light colored sedan. No one is in custody for the incident at this time, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Christine Calace.

Even though the offender got away, Loyola students and staff didn’t receive an email notification from Campus Safety, which are generally sent if Campus Safety determines the incident represents an ongoing threat.

When asked why students and staff weren’t notified of the incident, Loyola Campus Safety Sgt. Tim Cunningham said “it was not Clery required and is a CPD investigation,” referring to the Clery Act, a federal law that sets guidelines for how colleges handle crimes on or near their campuses.

Under the law, campus security departments are required to warn students and staff of any ongoing threat, but the determination of whether an incident represents such a threat is left up to individual police forces.

This isn’t the only recent violent crime near campus that students weren’t notified of, however. Campus safety reported another armed robbery with a gun on Dec. 7, and a strong arm robbery on Dec. 19.

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