Little information available regarding August robbery

The university issued a Rave Alert Friday afternoon notifying the campus of an attempted robbery that occurred in late August.

The alert told students that Public Safety had been notified Friday and that there was no immediate threat.

The Shield reached out to Steve Woodall, director of USI Public Safety, and received no comment.

Ben Luttrull, media relations specialist for University Communications, reached out to the Shield and said the investigation was being handled through the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department and all questions should be directed to them.

The Shield contacted Sheriff Dave Wedding about the attempted robbery, but without more information Wedding said he could not identify the incident in question. He said he could be reached again if more information was available.

In a longer notification, titled Safety alert–attempted robbery, it said that the incident occurred along a walkway on the northeast side of campus and that the sheriff’s department had taken the description of two suspects.

The alert said it seemed to be an isolated incident, but students are encouraged to travel in groups.

That information was sent to Wedding who said he would look into it.


Lieutenant Doug Daza, of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed there was an attempted robbery on campus toward the end of August.

There was an incident report made with information the victim supplied, but the descriptions taken of two assailants were vague Daza said.

Daza said there was no weapon involved, but the victim was missing his cell phone in the end. Daza said the victim was not sure if the phone was taken by the two assailants or if it was lost during the time.