Campus Police Respond to Strong-arm Robbery

February 17th, 2017 - 11:38am

News Contacts:
Nicole Cruz
(415) 485-9508
Office of the Superintendent/President

Jeff Marozick
Police Chief, College of Marin
Cell: (415) 726-9603
Office: (415) 485-9467

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Campus Police Respond to Strong-arm Robbery

Safety alert issued to campus through emergency notification system

KENTFIELD, CA—February 17, 2017—College of Marin (COM) Campus Police issued an emergency alert notifying the campus about a strong-arm robbery. The incident was reported to have taken place at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017, on the sidewalk along College Avenue near Parking Lot 6 at the Kentfield Campus.

The victim, a female student, was walking northbound on College Avenue from the Diamond P.E. Center toward the bus stop when she was approached from behind by a male who proceeded to take the victim’s purse. The victim was not injured and no weapons were involved. The suspect is described as a male with a slim build.

At this time the suspect is NOT in custody. Campus Police are advising individuals to stay alert and report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Safety Resources

College of Marin Campus Police

Urgent: (415) 485-9696
Emergency, fire, and medical: 911
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CONCEAL YOUR VALUABLES: Valuables should be concealed at all times. Cash and cell phones are highly desirable items for thieves. Pay attention to your surroundings instead of your cell phone.

REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS: Call the College of Marin Campus Police, (415) 485-9696, to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something! When calling, provide as much information as possible, including the time you noticed the person, the clothing worn, the shoes worn, and the manner in which the person walked. In the event of an emergency or if you see a crime in progress, dial 911.

PAY ATTENTION: Always be aware of your surroundings. If someone looks suspicious or makes you feel uneasy, avoid that person. Go inside a store or business if necessary. If you must make a call while you are walking, go to a safe, public place if possible. Make your call, then conceal your phone the way you would conceal your cash before going back outside.

AT YOUR VEHICLE: When leaving your vehicle, lock it and close the windows. Don’t leave items inside the vehicle, even if you think they look like trash. The items may still look attractive to a thief. When you get in the vehicle, close and lock the doors immediately. Keep the doors locked and the windows rolled up.  

AT HOME: When you are exiting or unloading your vehicle, follow these precautions:

  • Be cautious of anyone on the street who makes you feel uneasy.
  • If a person makes you feel uneasy, go inside and lock the doors. If you are in a vehicle, stay in the vehicle with locked doors and windows, or drive away and come back later.
  • Never open your door to anyone you do not know.

AT THE ATM: Use ATMs in well-lit, populated areas. Store and bank ATMs during the day are best. Scan the area before using the ATM. Be aware of people loitering nearby for no apparent reason, and go to another location if you feel uneasy. Cash in hand makes you a possible target—put your cash away before leaving the ATM. If you suspect danger, promptly enter the nearest store or building.