MAY 2, 2014
Update on this morning's robberies
Early this morning, the Department of Public Safety responded to three robberies that were carried out by two suspects near 18th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Three students were involved and all are safe. Two of the students were not physically injured and one student was transferred to a local hospital. Earlier today, the Milwaukee Police Department shared that the student was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand and released. Marquette University takes the safety and security of its students extremely seriously, and a text message alert was issued immediately after DPS became aware that there was a second suspect who was not in custody. The university's policy is to send a text message alert when there is any active safety situation on campus.
An integral part of the Jesuit university experience is being located in an urban community. Because of that, Marquette invests significant resources in ensuring that our students, faculty and staff feel safe and secure while on campus. DPS works hand-in-hand with MPD to patrol by bicycle, on foot and in squad cars on campus. Students, faculty and staff are also reminded of the following safety tips.
DPS and the Counseling Center are working with the Office of Residence Life to provide students who live in O'Donnell Hall, which is near where this morning's incidents occurred, with increased safety education programming and support this evening. Support resources are available to all students through the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry and DPS.
The university is thankful for the quick action of the students involved and the continued collaboration between DPS and MPD, who immediately responded to the scene. DPS was able to quickly apprehend one of the suspects and recover the weapon. DPS officers worked closely with MPD to search the area for additional weapons, with negative results. MPD continues to search for the second suspect involved.
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