UW Alert Blog

May 24, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Robbery in U District

UPDATE at 5:49 p.m.: Police have not located the suspect in the robbery at University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The scene is considered secure. All clear.

ORIGINAL POST at 5:30 p.m.: Police are reporting a robbery at a business on University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The suspect stole items and claimed to have a weapon, but none was seen. The suspect was last seen heading eastbound on NE 43rd St.

The suspect is described as a man, between the ages of 30 and 40, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, dark hair, wearing green pants, a yellow jacket and a white T-shirt. If seen, please call 9-1-1.

More info will be provided here as available.


April 20, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle: Verizon network outage

UPDATE at 4:45 p.m.: Verizon service has been restored for Washington state customers, including emergency calls to 9-1-1. Users are advised to restart their phones.

ORIGINAL POST at 3:12 p.m.: Verizon is experiencing a nationwide outage across the country and in the Seattle area. Some calls by Verizon customers, including to 9-1-1, may not go through.

Verizon customers experiencing an emergency can try Text-to-9-1-1, or call from a landline or a phone on another carrier. Please do not call or text 9-1-1 to test the system.

Verizon users can test their voice outage by calling #832.

There is no estimated time for when this issue will be resolved.

Updates will be provided here as available.


April 8, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 11:55 a.m.: All clear. The issue around dialing 9-1-1 from Seattle campus has been resolved. Campus phones should now be able to reach UWPD when dialing 9-1-1. Please do not test the system. Only call 9-1-1 for a real emergency.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE sent at 9:08 a.m.:

Officials have reported a 9-1-1 issue affecting parts of the Seattle campus. To reach UWPD, please call 206-685-8973.

Typically, 9-1-1 calls from campus buildings go directly to UWPD. However, due to an unknown issue, some calls to 9-1-1 from campus buildings are being routed to Seattle Police Department dispatch, which then need to be transferred to UWPD dispatch. More info will be provided in this post when available.


March 23, 2022

UW Indoor Alert TEST Friday at 7:30 a.m.

The UW Indoor Alert system is being tested at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 25 on the Seattle campus. This annual test serves to ensure that the Indoor Alert system is functioning properly in the event it is needed during a real emergency. The test is expected to last no more than 15 minutes. 

Updates will be provided here as needed. More information on the UW’s various emergency alert tools can be found here.

UPDATE at 8 a.m.: The Indoor Alert test has concluded.


March 20, 2022

SPD investigating shooting at 7th Ave NE/I-5 Express Lane ramps

UPDATE at 1:38 p.m.: The Seattle police investigation is ongoing, but the scene is considered secure. Any further updates will be provided here as they become available.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police are investigating a shooting near 7th Ave. NE and the I-5 Express Lanes on- and off-ramps. There is no significant suspect description available. Please avoid the area. The suspect is believed to have left the scene in a full-sized white truck or SUV, such as a Chevrolet Avalanche or Honda Ridgeline. The direction of travel was unknown.

More information will be provided here as it becomes available.


March 5, 2022

UW Alert Seattle – Armed robbery in U District

UPDATE at 1:10 a.m. Saturday: Seattle police have tracked a cell phone that was taken in the reported armed robbery near NE 42nd St and Brooklyn Ave. NE to another area of the city. The scene in the U District is considered secure.

There were no reported injuries in the robbery.

ORIGINAL POST at 12:53 a.m. Saturday: Seattle police are responding to a reported armed robbery near NE 42nd St and Brooklyn Ave NE. The suspect displayed a firearm. Avoid the area, if possible. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.


March 1, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Carjacking in U District

UPDATE at 2:45 p.m.: The suspect in the reported carjacking at NE 42nd Street and University Way NE has not been found and is believed to have left the area. The scene has been cleared.

If anyone has information to report on this incident, contact UWPD at 206-685-8973.

ORIGINAL POST at 2:23 p.m.: Seattle Police have reported a carjacking that took place at NE 42nd Street and University Way NE around 2:05 p.m. The suspect displayed a weapon and then headed southbound on University Way NE in the vehicle, which is a silver Dodge Dart sedan. No injuries were reported. 

The suspect is described as a man, age 18 to 20, 5-foot-10, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue surgical mask. The suspect carried a firearm on his waistband. 


January 25, 2022

Armed robbery at business near NE 42nd St & University Way NE

UPDATE at 12:55am: Seattle police have concluded a search for the suspects in an armed robbery near NE 42nd Street and University Way NE. The scene is considered secure. All clear. Any further updates will be provided on this page as they become available.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant near NE 42nd Street and University Way NE. Two men entered the business and displayed weapons before fleeing on foot. Please avoid the area. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.


January 24, 2022

Attempted carjacking near NE 45th St and 21st Ave. NE

UPDATE at 11:35 a.m. Thursday: Seattle police reported Thursday that they arrested two suspects on Wednesday night in connection with this carjacking incident and are investigating their possible involvement in a string of other incidents in the University District.

UPDATE at 8:52 p.m.: Seattle police have secured the scene of the attempted carjacking and continue to search the area for the suspect vehicle. The scene is considered clear. Anyone who sees the suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 with the information. Any further updates will be provided on this post as they become available.

ORIGINAL POST: Two suspects attempted to carjack an individual near NE 45th Street and 21st Avenue NE. One of the suspects displayed a Taser-like weapon. They were not able to steal the victim’s car and left westbound on NE 45th Street in a dark gray sedan, possibly a Honda, with silver rims and a temporary tag in the rear window and no license plate.   

Seattle police are on the scene and investigating. Please avoid the area. 

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.


January 16, 2022

Carjacking reported at NE 42nd St & University Way NE

UPDATE at 12:53 a.m.: The area near a reported carjacking at NE 42nd Street and University Way NE has been cleared. The stolen vehicle has been contacted by police near NE 153rd St and Bothell Way NE. All clear.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police are investigating a reported carjacking near NE 42nd Street and University Way NE. Please avoid the area. Two suspects, one who displayed a gold-colored handgun, stole a gray-colored Toyota Prius. More information will be provided here as it becomes available. 


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