Another daytime robbery prompts security alert

A robbery at gunpoint last week triggered the first campus-wide security alert of the quarter.

By Sam Levine

A university student walking south on Ellis Avenue between East 61st and 62nd Streets was robbed at gunpoint last Monday. The attack triggered the first campus-wide security alert of the quarter.

The robbery follows in a series of attacks that have taken place during the daytime this month. According to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), there have been four instances of robbery, attempted robbery, or assault before 6 p.m. this month.

“To see a robbery at that time of day is not common,” UCPD spokesman Bob Mason said regarding last Monday’s attack. Mason also said that UCPD officers will pay increased attention to the areas of attack.

Still, UCPD officials say that despite the recent uptick, overall they have not seen an unusually high number of robberies during the day.

In 2010, UCPD reported that six percent of robberies took place between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. and an additional 23 percent of robberies occurred between 12 and 4 p.m. 43 percent of all robberies occurred from 4 to 8 p.m.

This was not the first time that students were robbed at gunpoint this quarter. On January 14, two university students were robbed on Woodlawn Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets. However, because the attack was off campus, it did not trigger a security alert.

Designated on-campus areas include space between academic buildings and dormitories frequented by students. Mason said that the fact that the assailant had been armed and that the attack had taken place in an on-campus area had triggered the security alert. UCPD issued two security alerts in the fall quarter.

Police believe that last Monday’s attack was unrelated to other attacks that have occurred this month. No arrests have been made.