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Posted on: April 6, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Attempted Robbery at E. 14th Alley and Patterson Street

A 22-year-old woman reported a man attempted to rob her on April 5, between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

The victim reported she was walking near E. 14th Alley and Patterson Street between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on April 5, when an unknown suspect approached her from behind and attempted to steal her purse. She said she was pushed to the ground, but she was able to kick the suspect a couple of times and he fled the area eastbound on foot. There were no weapons observed or threatened during the robbery attempt. The victim reported the incident to Eugene Police at 2 p.m. on April 5, and due to her schedule she was unable to meet with police for follow-up until later that evening.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, in his mid-20s, approximately 5’10” to 6’0” tall, with a medium build, brown or green eyes, facial stubble, short dark hair, and last seen wearing a blue hooded zip-up sweatshirt and dark colored sweat pants and dark shoes. He was also described as well-groomed. (CAD incident number is 18-076765).

Eugene Police Department is asking victims to report robberies or suspicious conditions immediately, as this will increase the chances of apprehending suspects. A suspect(s) can travel a great distance in a very short amount of time. In the case of some of the robberies, there was significant time delay in getting the report. We need the public’s help in providing tips and being extra eyes and ears. If you see something, say something.

Criminals are responsible for crimes and not victims. They are opportunistic and don’t think about your or your welfare. Therefore, to make yourself safer and reduce your chances of being victimized:

  • If you are going to enjoy an night out, please don’t walk home by yourself. Get a taxi, ride or walk home with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and eliminate distractions or items that limit your ability to scan your environment (stay off your phone, and don’t wear headphones or earpieces).
  • Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you. If you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 911 immediately.
  • If someone is making you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts.
  • Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other secluded places where attackers can conceal themselves.
  • If you are victimized, remember not property or money is worth your wellbeing. Get away as soon as possible and call 911. Be observant as later you can provide a more detailed suspect description. If you don't have a phone on you, go to the nearest safe place to borrow a phone to call 911.

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