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BREAKING: Students face spike in robberies on campus this fall, several robbed over the weekend

Jake Cox
Public safety alert posters, in response to the crimes the night of Sept. 23, hang on the doors of the Richardson Library in Lincoln Park.

A student was struck in the face with a gun and several were robbed late Saturday night and early Sunday morning on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus, Public Safety reported. Since the start of the academic term, five public safety alerts have been issued in connection to robberies on campus.

According to Chicago’s Violence Reduction Dashboard, robbery victimizations — reports of robberies — are up 43% compared to last year. In Lincoln Park, where DePaul’s LPC campus resides, the jump is 56% compared to last year. 

This fall, several DePaul students have been impacted by this rise in crime.

The first incident this weekend was reported at 10:07 p.m. at the Quad near Seminary and Belden Ave. DePaul Public Safety sent a university-wide DPU alert at 11:27 p.m., later amended at 11:37 p.m. to denote the correct incident time. According to Public Safety, two male offenders wearing black hoodies and gray pants approached several people sitting near the Quad. 

Students were robbed on Saturday night on the Quad near the intersection of Belden and Sanctuary Ave. (Jake Cox)

The offenders demanded two of the student’s cell phones before fleeing southbound on Seminary Ave. 

Public Safety reported another armed robbery and battery at 2 a.m. Four offenders wearing dark-colored clothing, hoodies and masks approached three students on the corner of Belden and Racine. The perpetrators jumped out of a vehicle and demanded the students’ cell phones, wallets and purses. 

One of the students was struck in the face with a gun. The offenders fled southbound on Racine Ave. in a silver-colored Toyota prime. 

The alerts for these offenses were sent close to two hours after each incident occurred respectively.

President Robert Manuel, VP for Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski and Public Safety Director Robert Wachowski released a joint statement on Sunday, Sept. 24. 

We are taking action at DePaul and with the City of Chicago to address ongoing challenges the city is facing with armed robberies,” the statement said. “Last night and throughout the week, the city has experienced a spike in robbery crime sprees targeting individuals for their belongings.” 

DePaul’s statement also listed immediate actions the university plans to take to combat this sudden rise in campus robberies, including increased Public Safety presence, Chicago Police Department patrol around LPC and engagement with city leaders in how to address safety concerns. 

DePaul hosted a campus safety summit Sept. 14 to address concerns about ongoing crime. Chicago police also attended the meeting.

In a statement, the president said the commander of the Chicago Police Department that includes DePaul has noted that most robberies citywide occur between midnight and 4 a.m. “Especially during evening hours, students are encouraged to access DePaul’s safety resources,” the president’s statement said.

DePaul offers students safety services, including an inter-campus shuttle, emergency call boxes around the LPC and a safety escort on the Lincoln Park Campus from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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    David BaxterSep 24, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    So it is pretty disturbing that our President would basically blame the victims to say that such incidents happen “most” in the overnight hours. This is technically true, but this is followed very closely by afternoon to evening. Generally, the only “down time” for violent crime in Chicago is like 5a-noon. The main problem is, here in Chicago, elderly people can be murdered in broad daylight, and it will make the news for one day, if that. We need to stop pretending that we have an effective police force either at DePaul or in the city in general at this point.

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    Anna BenavidesSep 24, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    I’m getting really concerned as my daughter is a student living on campus. Two weeks ago Depaul said police and security would be increased, then another two robberies occurred. DePaul again said they would increase security. Then again a third string occurred and more injury and violence. Now again we are being told more security. I think we need to know how much more and what exactly in numbers has increased? From 2 to 4 patrols ? Dollars? What are the numbers? I am starting to feel it’s just just empty words.