CRIME ALERT: Battery, Strong Armed Robbery Reported Off Campus

Campus Safety has alerted the Loyola community of two off-campus crimes — one battery and one strong armed robbery — that occurred early morning on Feb. 26.

In the first incident, two Loyola students reported that around 1:30 a.m., a group of five to seven men approached the students on the 1200 block of W. Arthur Avenue, according to the email alert sent out Friday evening. The offenders reportedly hit the students, knocking them to the ground. The offenders, according to the email from Campus Safety, fled southbound down N. Lakewood Avenue.

Less than two hours later, around 3 a.m., another large group of males approached a non-Loyola individual on the 1300 block of W. Albion Avenue, wrote Deputy Chief Joe Bogdalek. The group knocked the man down and stole his wallet and glasses.

Although there are limited details in both of these cases so far, the offenders in both have been described as males between the ages of 18 and 22, wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.

Students are advised by Campus Safety to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid talking on the phone or using headphones and to utilize services like 8-Ride when traveling home at night.

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