Loyola University Chicago

Campus Safety

Crime Alert - Attempted Armed Robbery Near Fairfield Hall

September 30, 2018

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to notify you of an attempted armed robbery of a Loyola student at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, outside of Fairfield Hall on the Lake Shore Campus.

Preliminary information reveals that a student was followed on Winthrop Avenue walking southbound toward Fairfield Hall. Eventually the offender displayed a pointed object and also claimed to have a gun, though no gun was displayed. The student was able to take refuge inside the gate to Fairfield Hall, and the offender fled south on Winthrop Avenue.

The one male offender is described as approximately 5’7” with glasses and was last seen wearing a red jacket. The offender is still at large.

Campus Safety is working closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigation. If anyone has information on the incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.SAFE or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263. The Chicago Police Department also continues to investigate leads related to other recent violent incidents in the district, and any new updates will be posted to the 24th District Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) and CLEARMAP websites.

Please also keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind:

  • If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.SAFE or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include the license plate of any involved vehicle, physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.

Campus Safety recognizes that survivors are not at fault for any crime. Students who are seeking resources related to acts of violence can contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 or visit the Community Coalition on Gender-Based Violence website. Faculty and staff in need of resources are encouraged to utilize the University’s Employee Assistance Program.


Tom Murray
Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police