IUPUI warns students, staff of armed robbery near canal downtown

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis sent out several alerts to students and staff Monday night about a reported armed robbery near the Indianapolis canal.

Just after 11 p.m., the university posted on social media that an armed robbery occurred on the Indianapolis canal, near Indiana Avenue and West Street. Emails also went out to IU Health employees.

People were asked to lock their doors and remain in a safe location as police investigated.

According to the Indiana University Emergency Updates’ Facebook page, three people were said to be involved. At least one of them had a handgun. That person was a man last seen wearing a red shirt, black shorts, and black shoes.

IMPD later said the suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle. It was taken from a parking lot near the 1200 block of Indiana Ave.

After midnight, IUPUI announced the threat was no longer imminent. Police had investigated the area but did not find any suspects.

The school advised people to return to their normal routines but to stay vigilant.

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