zotALERT Follow Up

UCI Police Department Official Message
UCI Police Department

Last night, UCI Police Department responded to multiple reports of crimes in progress on campus, and zotALERTS were immediately issued.


At approximately 6:14 p.m. on May 23, UCI Police Department was notified of a robbery that had just occurred at the ATM machines next to the Student Center. A suspect described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, 5’9”, medium build with blond hair, and wearing a dark suit approached a UCI student and demanded money. The suspect said he had a handgun but did not show it to the student. The suspect took the money and fled the area.

Within approximately 20 minutes of the first robbery, a second robbery believed to involve the same suspect occurred at Culver Drive and University Drive. During this robbery, the suspect displayed a handgun. After the robbery, the suspect again fled the area. The suspect was taken into custody late this morning. Additional information is available in a joint law enforcement press release.


At approximately 7:22 p.m. on May 23, UCI Police Department received a telephone call from a professor in Biological Sciences III who stated that she just interrupted a burglary occurring in her office. The professor said that as she was entering her office, a black male, approximately 30 years old, 6’2”, 190 pounds, short black hair, wearing a black sports jacket and carrying a black bag left her office carrying several laptop computers, books and a laser pointer. The suspect fled the area. UCI Police Department is attempting to identify and locate the suspect in this burglary.

Safety Tips:

  • In emergency situations or during crimes in progress, dial 9-1-1 or use an emergency phone available on campus.
  • Immediately report all suspicious persons, vehicles and activities to the UCI Police Department at (949) 824-5223.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Ensure that all office doors and windows are locked. Do not prop open building doors.

If you have information that could be helpful in these investigations, please contact Sergeant Charles Chon at (949) 824-5223.

Jorge Cisneros, Chief