Tuesday afternoon, March 13, University of Oregon Police Department notified EPD that they were taking a report they would refer to Eugene Police Investigations regarding a robbery that occurred earlier in the week on Sunday, March 11, between midnight and 1 a.m. EPD Investigations received the report Wednesday afternoon is actively working the case.
The 19-year-old male victim reported being robbed on March 11 between midnight and 1 a.m. by two suspects, whom he had befriended at the Subway restaurant located at E. 13th Avenue and Hilyard Street. The victim reported he left the Subway and was walking towards a vehicle waiting on the curb and the two suspects tried to steal items from his pockets. One of the suspects punched the victim before both suspects fled with some of the victim’s cash and property. The victim reported the crime to UOPD on March 13 at 1:08 p.m.
The suspects are described as:
- Suspect 1, who punched the victim, Black male, with short hair, between age 25 and 30, about 6-feet-tall with a medium build, about 200 to 220 pound, and chipped front tooth, and last seen wearing dark clothing.
- Suspect 2, an Hispanic male, about 6’2” tall, 250-280 pounds, with a heavy build, short hair that was black/brown with bleached tips.
Eugene Police investigators and partners are working together, continuing to follow up on robberies reported. In addition, EPD has targeted deployments, officers designated for rapid response capability, forensics collection, and crime analysis.
Eugene Police Department is asking residents and visitors to the area to immediately report robberies and not allow any time delays, as this will increase the chances of apprehending suspects. A suspect(s) can travel a great distance in a very short amount of time.
Prevention Tips– Criminals are responsible for crimes and not victims. Because criminals are opportunistic, there are ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
Be aware of your surroundings: keep your eyes up and watch who is around you or getting close.
Don’t wear headphones or earpieces
Walk with a buddy
Use a taxi or have a friend pick you up
UO students have many safe transportation resources through the University: UO Safe Ride program (541-346-RIDE extension 2) or Designated Driver Shuttle (541.346.RIDE extension 1), or UO Campus Shuttle (facebook.com/UOCampusShuttle), or UOPD on-campus escort (541.346.2919).
If anyone has relevant tips in either of these cases, they are asked to call 541-682-5169.