Recent public safety advisories

The University sends advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.

If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call University Police at 330-972-2911.

Submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images.


Aug. 10 | City of Akron police seek any information you may have about an aggravated burglary reported to have occurred at 1:50 a.m. today in the 500 block of Carroll Street.

The victim said a man entered the house she was staying in through a first-floor unlocked window. The man threatened her, saying he had a weapon and indicating that he knew she was alone. He proceeded to take a number of valuables before leaving in an unknown direction.

The victim did not get a good look at the man because he instructed her not to look at him. Nevertheless, she did notice that he was a black male wearing a short sleeved shirt.

The woman was not physically harmed.

If you know anything about this incident, please call city of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.


July 31 | University police seek any information you may have about an aggravated burglary reported to have occurred at 6:50 p.m. today in the 200 block of Spicer Street.

Update: University police announced an arrest in connection with this incident on Aug. 25.

The victim said a man walked through the unlocked front door of the house he was in, demanding money. The victim said no money was owed. The perpetrator then grabbed a laptop and as he was leaving, tussled with the victim, grabbing a screwdriver at one point and threatening the victim.

The perpetrator then exited and signaled to two young black women in a black Grand Prix in front of the house. He then ran toward Orchard Street, where police believe he jumped in the car.

The robber is described as a stocky black male about age 25, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with short hair and a medium complexion. He was wearing a white tank top and baggy blue jeans.

The victim was not physically harmed.


June 1 | University police seek any information you may have about a robbery reported to have occurred at midnight Sunday in the parking lot of a business in the 400 block of East Exchange Street.

The victim said he was approached by two men who assaulted and robbed him. No weapon was shown.

A witness described both robbers as black men between the ages of 25 and 30. The first robber is described as stocky, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing an all-white T-shirt and light blue athletic pants. The second is about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, wearing a red shirt, black pants, white shoes and a Chicago Bulls’ hat.


Jan. 24 | University police are asking for information you may have related to an attempted robbery reported to have occurred at 2:30 a.m. today off campus in the 400 block of East Thorton Street, south of Exchange Street.

A man and a woman were on the porch of their Thorton Street residence, preparing to enter, when two men approached. One man showed a gun and attempted to rob the two. The two were able to get into their residence unharmed, and they called police. Police followed the suspects’ footprints in the snow to Tyner Street, then to Brown Street, where the prints were lost.

The suspect with a gun was described as a black male wearing a gray facemask and a blue jacket. No description of the second suspect was available.


Jan. 18 | University police are asking for information you may have related to an incident reported to have occurred at 12:30 a.m. today on Vine Street, near the stadium.

The occupants of a house in the 400 block of Vine Street were holding a party. A group of about a dozen people entered the house to join the party, but they were asked to leave. When the group refused to leave, the police were called. A Vine Street neighbor told police that as the group departed, one of its members showed a gun. No shots were fired. The group departed on foot without further incident.

The man who showed a gun was described as a black male about age 20 with dreadlocks that had gold tips. He was wearing a black and white checkered hoodie. Witnesses said all members of the group were black males.


Jan. 14, 2014 | University police are asking for information you may have related to a robbery reported to have occurred off-campus at 3:05 a.m. today at Wheeler and Allyn streets, south of Exchange Street.

The victim was walking when a SUV approached. Two men exited the vehicle, assaulted the victim and robbed him. No weapon was shown. The men then fled south on Allyn Street. The victim was treated by EMS and released.

The vehicle is described as a two-tone Blazer, brown over gold, with temporary license tags.

The first suspect is a black male, 18 to 22 years old, with short hair, wearing a dark shirt with gold lettering. He was wearing earrings.

The second victim, a black male, was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.


Dec. 15, 2013 | University police seek information you may have related to a robbery reported to have occurred off-campus at 3 a.m. today in the 400 block of Allyn Street, which is south of Exchange Street.

Three victims were approached by three suspects, who assaulted the victims and robbed them. A gun was shown. Afterward, the suspects ran north on Allyn Street.

All suspects are black males in their 20s.

The first is described as standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 240 and wearing a gray hoodie.

The second is described as short, weighing 160 and wearing a dark, fitted hat.

The third is described as standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 160 and wearing a red hoodie.

The victims did not require immediate medical attention.


Dec. 8, 2013 | University police are asking for information you may have related to a robbery reported to have occurred off-campus at 3:10 a.m. today in the 200 block of Irisdale Place, which is south of Exchange Street.

The victim was approached by two suspects, who assaulted the victim and robbed him.  A gun was shown. The suspects ran west on Irisdale toward Sumner Street.

The first suspect is described as a heavy black male, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wearing a gray sweater.

The second suspect is described as a black male with a thin build, standing 5-10, weighing about 160 and wearing a blue and black coat.

The victim did not require immediate medical attention.


Sept. 24, 2013 | University police are asking for information you may have related to a robbery reported to have occurred off-campus at 2:10 p.m. today near the intersection of Carroll and Beaver Streets, east of Route 8.

The victim was approached by two suspects asking to use a cell phone.  The two suspects then robbed the man of the phone. No weapon was shown.

The first suspect is described as a thin black male, early 20s, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 130. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, with short hair.

The second suspect is described as black male, medium build, early 20s, standing 6 feet, 1 inch, and weighing between 170 and 180.  He was wearing dark blue pants, a red hoodie, red hat, and black and red Jordan shoes.

Both suspects were described as wearing baggy clothes.


August, 30, 2013 | University police are asking for information you may have related to two incidents reported this morning.

The first incident occurred about 2 a.m. today on Buchtel Avenue between Hill and College streets, near Guzetta Hall. Two men, neither of whom is a student, were walking on Buchtel Avenue when a man exited a car, showed a gun and robbed them.

The car is black or blue. The robber was described as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a black hoodie. After the robbery, the car was driven west on Buchtel Avenue toward Hill Street.

No one was physically harmed.

The Akron Police Department received a report of a robbery carried out in similar fashion about 1 a.m. today east of campus on Roselawn Avenue near Excelsior Avenue. That's east of Route 8.

Another incident occurred at about 2:25 a.m. today south of campus, on Wheeler Street near Rentschler. Two women, one of whom is confirmed to be a student, observed two suspects exit a car and walk eastbound on Wheeler. One of suspects unsuccessfully tried to take a purse. He and the other suspect ran eastbound on Wheeler and then north on Sherman. No weapon was seen, and no one was physically harmed.

The first suspect is described as a black male between 18-23, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He had shoulder-length dreadlocks and was wearing a red T-shirt and jeans.

The second suspect is a black male between 18-23, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans. His head was shaved.


May 28, 2013 | University police are asking for information you may have related to an attempted robbery reported to have occurred at 3 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Rankin Street, south of campus.

The victim was approached by a man as she stood on the porch of her residence, unlocking the door. The man showed a pistol, but the woman was able to get into the house and lock the door without being harmed. No possessions were taken.

The robber is described as a thin black male, age 19-22, standing 5 feet,  7 inches tall with a light complexion. He was wearing a black and yellow Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap and a denim jacket.


Feb. 14, 2013 | The Polsky Building is closed. Police are investigating a report of a person inside with a weapon. We will let you know when the building reopens.

Follow-up: The person spotted carrying a weapon was in fact a recruit studying in Summit College's Police Academy. The student, returning from a training exercise, was carrying equipment used during the exercise. The equipment included a plastic weapon.

The student has apologized for the accidental oversight, and the commander of the academy has said he will review with all students the proper protocol for transporting training equipment on campus. The student will not be charged.


Jan. 26, 2013 | University police are asking for any information you may have related to an armed robbery reported to have occurred at 11:10 p.m. Friday on Rentschler Street, south of campus.

No one was physically harmed.

The victim said two males robbed him. The first was described as a black male with a beard about age 20, wearing baggy jeans and a hoodie, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 160. The second was described as a clean-shaven black male, about age 20-25, wearing a gray hoodie and baggy pants. The pair ran north on Rentschler.


Nov. 2, 2012 | University police are asking for any information you may have related to shooting reported to have occurred off campus at 3 p.m. today near the 100 block of Annadale, east of Route 8.

Witnesses described the shooter as a skinny black male wearing red shoes. He fled north to Spruce Street, where he entered a small silver vehicle, which then headed north to Market Street. No further description of the suspect is available.

Police recommend that if you are in the neighborhood, remain in your home.

One person was injured and has been taken to the hospital.


Oct. 25, 2012 | University police are asking for any information you may have related to an attempted armed robbery reported to have occurred at 3:15 this morning behind a business at East Exchange and Allyn streets, south of campus. No one was physically harmed.

The victim described the robber as a black male with long dreadlocks, clean-shaven, wearing blue sweat pants with a white stripe, and a gray hoodie with the Echo-brand red rhino on it. The robber is about age 20, stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 175. The robber showed a gun and fired it past the victim.


Oct. 18, 2013 | University police are asking for any information you may have related to an attempted armed robbery reported to have occurred at 9:45 this evening in a parking lot in the 200 block of Spicer Street. About 15 minutes later, a robbery was reported at Kling and Exchange streets.

No one was physically harmed in either incident.

Witnesses described two men in both incidents, and the descriptions were similar. The first man is slim and black, wearing a black ski mask with a white stripe, a black hoodie, a white baggy shirt with an emblem and black pants. The second man is heavy set and black, wearing a black ski mask with a small brim, a black hoodie and black pants.


May 26 | University police seek any information you may have about a robbery reported to have occurred about midnight Sunday in the 400 block of Allyn Street. The victim said a man approached him, displayed a gun and robbed him of his backpack. The robber ran north toward Bellewood Avenue.

The victim was not physically injured.

The perpetrator was described as a light-skinned black male standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie, gray sweats and newer Air Jordan shoes.


Oct. 8, 2012 | University Police are investigating a report of gross sexual imposition, which occurred Saturday night in the 400 block of Sumner Avenue, south of the University’s campus.  The suspect physically touched and attempted to restrain the victim during the incident. The victim was not physically injured. During the investigation of this incident, UAPD learned that the suspect is believed to be the same individual who is alleged to have engaged in additional incidents of lewd behavior, exposing himself to other women in the same area. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’9”-5’11”, with dreadlocks to his shoulders.  He is believed to drive a silver Chevy Impala. 


Sept. 7, 2012 | University police are asking for any information you may have related to a reported robbery said to have occurred at 5:52 this evening on Sumner Street, just south of Exchange Street. No weapon was involved. The victim was not physically harmed. Police are looking for a black male, about 20 years old, weighing about 140 pounds with a thin, clean-shaven face. The man was wearing tan Levi's jeans, an orange Abercrombie & Fitch hoodie and a neon green Oregon Ducks cap.