At 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, a student was robbed and assaulted on campus, Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins wrote in an email to the University community.

Higgins’ email, sent around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, reported that a female undergraduate entered the Morse-Stiles walkway from York Street, when a man approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground and stole her purse.

The man reportedly then fled to York Street, entering a blue vehicle to leave the scene of the crime.

Higgins noted that the YPD is currently investigating the incident, also encouraging those with information to contact the department (203) 432-4400.

“As a general reminder, it is important to walk with others when possible in well lit and populated areas. Avoid displaying valuables such as cash or portable electronic devices,” he wrote. “Make use of security services including shuttle services and security escorts.”

Higgins’ email was sent in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Clery Act.