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Police seek man who robbed WWU student on campus late Sunday

Incoming freshmen and their parents gather outside before moving into Buchanan Towers at Western Washington University on Sept. 17, 2011, in Bellingham. A woman reported being robbed near Buchanan Towers on Sunday night, April 10, 2016.
Incoming freshmen and their parents gather outside before moving into Buchanan Towers at Western Washington University on Sept. 17, 2011, in Bellingham. A woman reported being robbed near Buchanan Towers on Sunday night, April 10, 2016. The Bellingham Herald

A man distracted a woman on the south end of Western Washington’s University campus Sunday night, April 10, then snatched her cellphone and ran off.

The woman told police she was robbed at about 9:45 p.m. as she was waiting at a bus stop near Buchanan Towers, said university spokesman Paul Cocke. The man approached her, distracted her with conversation, then grabbed her phone and the case it was in, according to the woman’s report.

The man was last seen running off campus on 25th Street near the Washington State Archives building. The woman described the robber as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-7 with a thin build, wearing a dark beanie, dark hoodie and gray sweatpants.

University police, Cocke said, have increased patrolling in that area.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call 911 or the university police emergency line at 360-650-3911.

Cocke also noted that public safety assistants, better known on campus as “green coats,” are available for campus-wide escorts by calling 360-650-3555.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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