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ARGO ALERT: Aggravated Assault on UWF Pensacola campus: Update

Pensacola, Fla. – Sept. 21, 2015 – This morning at approximately 1:06 a.m., an aggravated assault occurred on the Pensacola campus near Pace Hall. The suspect was armed with a knife and fled on foot. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5 ft. 8 inches tall, slim build with a small afro hairstyle, wearing a black and red jacket/hoodie, blue jeans, tennis shoes and a white bandana around his neck.

UWF Police are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with additional information is asked to call UWF Police at 850.474.2415.

As always, the safety of our campus community is the University’s top priority. The UWF Police Department will increase security during its night patrols effective immediately. Additionally, UWF provides several precautionary measures to ensure the safety of UWF students, faculty and staff.

Blue Light System: Emergency Blue Lights are free-standing white poles or wall mounted boxes strategically located throughout the UWF Pensacola campus. The poles or boxes are identified with the word “EMERGENCY” in red letters. There is a strobe light on top of each pole or box. UWF has over 50 blue lights strategically located throughout the Pensacola campus. They can be found in parking lots and jogging areas, on walkways and near classrooms. These lights provide a direct connection to the UWF Police.

Safety Escorts: Safety escorts are available on campus 24/7. Those on campus should dial 850.474.2415 and request an escort to escort them to another building or to their residence hall. The escort should present a business card when they make contact with the person and also have a photo identification card on their person.

Emergency Communications System: In order to effectively communicate with the campus community in the event of an emergency, university officials utilize Mobile Alert, which allows for rapid notification. Outlets utilized are dependent upon the situation at hand, but may include broadcast emails, social media, text messaging, desktop/computer notifications, loud speakers/sirens and electronic displays on campus. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit

Please contact UWF Police at 850.474.2415 or with any questions or concerns and visit for campus safety tips.