CITIZEN ALERT: MIT Police Issue Alert After 2 Armed Street Robberies


The following alert was issued by the MIT Police Department:

The MIT Police Department is asking faculty, staff and students to be vigilant after two recent armed street robberies which occurred in Cambridge.

The first incident occurred on August 17-18 between 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. when a male was approached by a group of 6 or 7 males, and 3 or 4 females who “went through his pockets”. The victim states they stole his wallet, passport and cellphone. The victim described the suspects as 20 to 25 years of age and black. A knife was shown when the victim attempted to obtain his passport back. This incident is being investigated by the Cambridge Police and the victim has no affiliation with MIT.

The second incident occurred on August 20 at approximately 04:00 a.m. in the area of the Longfellow Bridge, when a male stated he was robbed of his wallet by a suspect who stated he had a gun. The victim described the suspect as a dark skinned Hispanic male, 20 – 25 years of age, 5’8” – 5’10” wearing a turquoise colored zipper hoodie and yellow sneakers. The suspect fled towards Boston. This incident was reported to the MA State Police and the victim has no affiliation with MIT

To avoid being victimized, MIT and Cambridge Police encourage all persons to take the following precautions when walking at night:

  • Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
    Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
  • Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings. Don't look down at the ground.
  • If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
  • Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • If approached, DO NOT RESIST. The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded and try to disengage from this confrontational and potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible. Remember, things can always be replaced.
  • Try to remember descriptive information about the robber (height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting the incident.

More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.

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