UPennAlert

Attempted robbery with weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue.

Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

The suspects were described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

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UPDATE: All clear in the area of 4000 block Baltimore Ave. You may resume normal activity in the area. Penn Police and security are patrolling the area.

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UPennAlert:  Attempted robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Ave.

Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

Last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue toward 39th Street.

Police responding, use caution, avoid the area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge.

Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.

Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.

Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

Special Services: 215/898-6600

Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215/898-7297

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking Escort and Riding services available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to update your cellphone information for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Police better find your location when you call in an emergency.

Emergencies 215-573-3333 / 511 (campus phone)
General Information 215-898-7297
Special Services 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357)
DPS Headquarters 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride 215-898-RIDE (7433)
03/26/2021

Statement on Hate Crimes Against the Asian and Asian American Community

The Division of Public Safety is committed to safeguarding all members of the Penn and University City Communities.  Over the past year there has been a steady increase in the number of physical and verbal attacks on Asian and Asian Americans across the country.  DPS has been particularly sensitive to the safety needs and concerns of the AAPI community.  We are working with our partners across the University to support those who have experienced bias-based incidents, regardless of the location of the incident.  Most of the incidents reported to DPS have been verbal attacks directed against people of Asian descent occurring away from campus.

The targeted homicides of Asian victims in Atlanta, GA last week has heightened the already high fears of the AAPI community across the country, Philadelphia and in our own community.

Hate Crimes will not be tolerated in the Penn Community.

DPS has taken several steps regarding these concerns including:

  • Visiting Asian and Asian-American owned businesses in our patrol zone to reassure them of our support and ways to contact us for immediate response.
  • Increasing Penn Police and Allied Security Patrols, with a specific alertness to potential hate crimes against Asian and Asian-American community members.
  • Advertising and proactively offering Walking Escorts to anyone walking in our patrol zone, as well as the Penn Transit Services.
  • Sharing the Flatten the Hate Campaign and information about the University Task Force for Support for Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars (TAASS) with our safety and security partners including the Public Safety Advisory Board, the University City Public Safety Group, the University City District which patrols west to 50th Street; posting information on reporting on our DPS Website, social media pages and at entrances to our DPS Headquarters.
  • Sharing the Flatten the Hate Campaign information with West Philadelphia Community groups, many of which have high AAPI populations, and reassuring them of our commitment to their safety.
  • Working with the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and FBI on the rise of Hate Crimes against the Asian and Asian-American communities.
  • Participating in information sessions and restorative practice circles led by the TAASS.
  • Most importantly, if you witness or experience such hate, including verbal harassment, please report it. Call Public Safety at 215-573-3333.

We continue to be committed to the shared community work of ensuring the safety and security of our community.

Maureen S. Rush
Vice President for Public Safety
Superintendent of Penn Police