St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A Washington University student was held up Tuesday evening and forced to drive her around and withdraw money from several ATMs around the area, according to a campus-wide email obtained by NewsChannel 5.
Washington University distributed the email Wednesday morning as a 'Crime Alert' and promised that campus police would start adding overtime patrols to the area.
According to the email, the incident occurred at 9:40 p.m. in the Snow Way Garage on the north side of Washington University's Danforth Campus. The victim, 23, was approached by a man as she got into her car. The man told the victim he had a knife, and ordered her to drive him to several banks in the city to withdraw money from her ATM account.
The suspect eventually got out of the victim's vehicle in the city and fled.
The victim drove back to her apartment and contacted the Washington University Police Department around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Police described the suspect as an African-American man in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, and wearing a white or cream colored baseball cap with a dark bill and a New York Yankees logo, white t-shirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, and carrying a dark colored t-shirt or cloth around his neck.
An initial investigation by campus police revealed the suspect walked onto the campus from Big Bend just minutes before the robbery took place.
Campus police and St. Louis County police are handling the investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Washington University Police Department at 314-935-5555 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
The university provides walking escorts on the Danforth Campus from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. by calling 314-935-5555. The university also offers aCampus2Home shuttle from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m., providing shuttle rides from the Danforth Campus for those living in off-campus housing.