Timely Warnings

These timely warning messages are part of Purdue University Northwest’s commitment to provide campus-area crime information in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or, Clery Act, as it is commonly known.


On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 at approximately 1:03 p.m., PNW police officers were dispatched to the parking garage in reference to a female student who had been the victim of fondling, a form of sexual assault, while sitting in her parked car on the second floor of the parking garage. An officer arrived within two minutes of the emergency call. The suspect was unknown to the victim and she provided a description: a black male subject, aged 19-early 20s, about 5’ 10,” medium build, no facial hair, wearing glasses, dressed in a blue light winter jacket and black pants.

Video surveillance confirmed the description of the suspect and showed the suspect ran down the northwest stairwell of the parking garage, west across campus toward the Gyte building, then north. He ran off campus across 169th Street into the surrounding neighborhood.

There is no campus lockdown at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident or about the suspect is asked to call the PNW Police Department immediately at (219) 989-2222.

All students, faculty, staff and guests on the PNW campuses are reminded of these important safety tips:

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call 911 for help.
  • If you feel you are in danger, leave the area if possible, and draw attention to the situation by yelling and calling out to others for assistance.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings at all times.
  • Report all suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to the PNW Police Department immediately.
  • Perpetrators are responsible for sexual assaults. Perpetrators take advantage of vulnerability and seek opportunities to commit sexual assaults.
  • Do not accept rides or walking accompaniment from people you don’t know well or trust.

A female student reported an attack on in the Gyte Building on PNW’s Hammond Campus. The suspect is at large. He is described as a male subject with dark complexion, 5’8″, thin, wearing black pants and a black T-shirt.

See the Message from Public Safety

An “all clear” was issued for this alert 45 minutes after posting.

A domestic-battery suspect with a firearm has been reported in the 6800 block of Indianapolis Boulevard. The suspect, a black male aged 30 to 40, fled on foot. Please avoid the area.

An “all clear” was issued for this alert 45 minutes after posting.

PNW Community:

Thefts from vehicles (3) parked behind the PNW University Village have occurred. Reviewing video from our surveillance cameras, we discovered the suspect is a thin male possibly 20 to 30 years of age, wearing a black t-shirt shirt and gray pants with a stripe.

The incidents were reported over the last few days. Anyone who might have information about these incidents or the suspect is asked to contact Purdue Northwest Police Detective Sgt. Patrick Tracy at (219) 989-7006.


  1. Lock your doors…
  2. Remove your keys from the vehicle…
  3. Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle…
  4. Close the windows…
  5. Do not leave belongings in your car…
  6. Park in well-lit areas…
  7. Install an audible alarm system and anti-theft device…


Brian Miller
Director of Public Safety
Purdue University Northwest