Woman Accosted During Strong-Arm Robbery Near Yale

Police are investigating after a robber accosted the wife of a Yale University affiliate who was walking near the edge of campus Tuesday afternoon and stole her backpack, according to a message from the Yale University chief of police.

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins posted the advisory around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, about an hour after the strong-arm robbery.

Higgins said the woman was walking on Mansfield Street behind the Prospect Gardens Apartments when a strange men approached her and grabbed her backpack. He did not appear to have a weapon and no one was hurt.

The suspect ran westbound on Starr Street, Higgins said.

According to the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs website, the Prospect Gardens apartment complex is located near the outskirts of campus and is owned by Yale University Properties.

"It is important to remember to walk or jog with others when possible, in well populated and well lit areas," Higgins wrote. "Avoid displaying valuables such as cash or portable electronic devices."

Higgins encouraged Yale community members to keep an eye out for emergency blue phones and call 203-432-9255 to take advantage of security shuttles and escorts.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Yale Police at 203-432-3300 or text an anonymous tip to 67283.

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