Woman robbed, pushed near Harvard University campus

A Harvard alumnus has had the largest donation in the school's history: $150 million.  (Photo: Amanda Art/Metro)
Harvard University. (Photo: Amanda Art/Metro)

A woman was robbed and pushed to the ground as she walked near the campus of Harvard University over the weekend, prompting the school to issue an advisory.

The woman, who is not affiliated with Harvard, was walking along Memorial Drive near Plympton Street at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

While being grabbed, the man was able to take the woman’s wallet. She hit the man who then pushed her to the ground and fled toward John F. Kennedy Street. The woman was not injured.

The woman reported the incident to Cambridge police and because it did not happen on Harvard property the city’s police department is investigating.

However, Harvard’s police department issued the advisory to warn students, faculty and staff to be vigilant when walking around campus and to walk with others or use the school’s shuttle bus or evening van programs.

“The Harvard University Police Department wants to remind students, faculty, and staff that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city,” the advisory said.

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