On March 2, at approximately 9:45 p.m., a male graduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) that he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery along Memorial Drive. While walking in the vicinity of Plympton Street, the victim was grabbed from behind by an unidentified male, who, while holding a knife, demanded his money. The victim informed the suspect that he did not have any money and offered his watch instead. The suspect did not take the watch and immediately fled the area. The victim then went into the Kennedy School of Government and contacted the police. A search by HUPD failed to locate the suspect. The victim was not injured and did not require medical attention.
The victim was unable to provide a detailed description of the suspect.
Because this incident did not occur on University property, it is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Massachusetts State Police at (617) 727-4812.
If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify HUPD immediately at (617) 495-1212.
HUPD reminds members of the community to be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night, and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing the shuttle bus and evening van service whenever possible. Additional escort and transportation information can be found at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/prevention_escorts.php.