Campus & Community

Armed robbery reported on Harvard and Ware

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On Nov. 15 at approximately 9:10 p.m., a male undergraduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) that he was the victim of an armed robbery while walking on Harvard Street near Ware Street. The victim stated that he was approached by two males who robbed him of his money and cellular phone. During the robbery a handgun was displayed; the offenders then fled the area in a small red car. The victim was not physically harmed.

One of the suspects is described as a black male, 40 years of age, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 to 170 pounds, and clean-shaven. He was wearing a medium-length tan winter jacket. The victim could not provide a detailed description of the second suspect.

Because this incident did not occur on University property, the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) is investigating. However, both CPD and HUPD are working aggressively to find the persons responsible and will continue to deploy both uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol areas that students frequently use.

If at any time you observe any suspicious activity, please notify HUPD at (617) 495-1212. Additionally, the department strongly encourages victims to report incidents as soon as possible after they occur. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Cambridge Police Department, Criminal Investigation Division, at (617) 349-3370.

Safety tips

  • HUPD reminds members of the community to be vigilant while walking throughout campus both during the day and at night, and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and traveling along the designated pathways. 
  • Maps of designated pathways are available online at
  • The Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) provides shuttle bus and evening van service from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. Visit, or call (617) 495-0400 for more information. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff also may call HUPD at (617) 495-1212, if they believe they are in danger waiting for transportation because of the hour or circumstance. HUPD will assist with transportation whenever appropriate.