UB urged caution after armed robbery in Bridgeport

November 16, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — University of Bridgeport students and staff were warned to lock their doors after an armed robbery in the city Friday afternoon.

Around 2:20 p.m., police were sent to Atlantic and Lafayette streets on a report of an armed robbery. When officers got to the scene, they met with the victim, a postal worker. She told officers, according to dispatch reports, that the suspect took the package she was delivering and a set of keys while wielding a silver pistol.

University of Bridgeport’s official Twitter page sent out several alert tweets, including a description of the suspect as, “a black male, tall and thin, last seen warning a black leather jacket, a black and gray scarf.”

The university made it clear to students and staff that the victim of the armed robbery was not a University of Bridgeport student. Regardless, students were told to contact campus security to report any suspicious activity or any people matching the suspect description.

“Use extreme caution and please be aware of your surroundings,” the university said. “Please keep your doors locked in your residence hall and offices.”

Roughly two hours after the armed robbery, at 4:26 p.m., the university said the “emergency has passed. Use caution and resume normal activities.”

Police Chief Armando Perez said the Detective Bureau still had units investigating the armed robbery as of 4:40 p.m.

“They’re looking at video cameras and seeing if they can identify this guy,” Perez said.

And the chief urged students of the university — and the general public — to be vigilant, especially during the holiday season.

“You have to be careful out there,” Perez said. “People get kind of desperate and they’ll do desperate things ... These guys are bad — they’re predators.”

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