Armed robberies in Eugene

By: Yulia Nakagome

A University of Oregon student reported being robbed at gunpoint at a Subway on Hilyard Street on March 11. This incident was the latest of the six robberies since March 2 that occurred near the UO campus. According to The Register Guard, the student described two suspects: “a light-skinned black male, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a chipped front tooth and wearing dark clothing” and “a Hispanic male, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a heavy build, possibly 250 to 280 pounds [with] black or brown hair with bleached tips.”

In response to the robberies, UO has taken measures to tighten security on campus.

“I have added extra UO [Police Department] officers to our patrol shifts and increased our near-campus presence, especially at night,” UO Chief of Police Matt Carmichael said in a statement on the UOPD website. “We have added both human and electronic surveillance in areas of concern.”

Carmichael also urged students to take advantage of safe-transportation resources available on campus including Safe Ride, Designated Driver Shuttle, the UO Campus Shuttle and UOPD Escorts.

Police have yet to determine whether the recent cases are connected and are asking that any information regarding any of them be reported to 541-683-5111.

“The Eugene Police, the lead agency for off-campus incidents like these, are investigating, searching for suspects, and encouraging people to share information,”Carmichael said. “UOPD is working with EPD, sharing information and planning, and I have directed our detectives to prioritize these cases, and to support Eugene’s investigations in every way possible.”

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