UPDATE: Crime Alert: Armed Robbery Brookline

Boston University Police Follow up Message:

Yesterday, the Boston University Police Department issued a crime alert for an armed robbery that took place on 3/18/2021 at approximately 3:20 a.m. at 121 Dummer St. Last night at approximately 10:16 p.m., BUPD and Brookline police arrested an individual for attempted armed robbery at the Target store located at 860 Commonwealth Ave. The suspect arrested matched the description provided by witnesses in the Dummer St incident and was in possession of a uniquely described pellet gun. Based upon other evidentiary findings, BUPD will be charging this individual with crimes connected to the Dummer St incident. Although the investigation is ongoing, we appreciate the cooperation of the many witnesses and are issuing this message to update our community on the progress of this case.

-Original Message-

Location of Incident:

121 Dummer St. Brookline – inside the parking garage

Summary of Facts: On March 18, 2021, at approximately 03:20 A.M., a Boston University student reported a robbery at gunpoint while inside the garage at 121 Dummer St.

Suspect: Described as a male in early 20’s, approximately 5’10” in height with medium complexion brown skin tone and scruffy facial hair. Person was wearing jeans, camouflage hooded sweatshirt, and a dark colored winter jacket. The property stolen was an iPhone and wallet. Suspect fled on Dummer St in an unknown direction.

Follow Up: The Boston University Police Detective Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and coordinating with Brookline Police on this investigation. Residents of the area can expect to see an increase in police patrols from BUPD and Brookline Police.

Resources: Being the victim of any crime can be traumatizing. Call BU Student Health Services at 617-353-3575 or BUPD anytime at 617-353-2121 to get in touch with a professional counselor. If your room door does not lock properly, call Facilities Management at 617-353-2105.

The following is provided as a reminder to our BU Community:

Risk reduction and safety precautions:

  • Don’t confront a thief yourself. These individuals are generally in search of property and it is not worth getting in a physical confrontation with them.
  • If you are confronted by a robber, you should give up your property to avoid a violent confrontation.
  • If you See Something Say Something
  • Program your cell phone with the BU Police emergency number 617-353-2121. Call us if you need assistance on or near the BU Charles River, Fenway or Medical Campus. We are ready to respond to your calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • If you are off campus call
  • Text BUPD anonymously by texting “BU” to TIP411 (847411).
  • Email BUPD Detectives at Detect@bu.edu
  • Detective Office- 617 353-3436

Additional safety strategies:

  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a Blue Light emergency telephone or dial 3-2121 from any on campus telephone.
  • Utilize Scarlet Safe Walk 617-353-4877 or public transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to our BU Alert messages and keep your information up to date.
  • Trust your instinct – if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Let your friends know when you are leaving and arriving at your destination at the end of the night.

Issued by:

Boston University Police Department



This notice is a Timely Warning which is intended to alert our community about certain crimes occurring on campus which represent a serious or continuing threat to the community. We intend to provide as much information as possible in the hope of preventing another such incident.

FEEDBACK: We welcome your feedback to share information or to help make our messages better. Please send to bupolice@bu.edu