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Two arrested following police chase involving stolen vehicle

Davenport police say that the vehicle was stolen at St. Ambrose University Sunday morning
Published: Oct. 25, 2020 at 5:40 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Two people were arrested Sunday afternoon following a chase involving a stolen vehicle, according to Davenport police.

Police say the chase happened around 4:15 p.m. and ended at the 2000 block of 1st Street. No one was injured and the chase lasted a few minutes.

Police said that the vehicle was stolen around 1:30 a.m. Sunday from St. Ambrose University.

Craig DeVrieze, St. Ambrose’s director of communications, said in a message sent to the campus that a male student said he was sitting in his parked car when two males approached him, showed him a weapon, and stole the vehicle.

Read the full message:

The Davenport Police Department notified the St. Ambrose University Security Office early Sunday that a male student reported an armed robbery on campus property between 1:30 and 1:50 a.m. The student told police he was sitting in his parked vehicle when two males approached him, wielded a weapon, and took his vehicle. The incident remains under investigation by the DPD and the SAU Director of Security.

Per University policy, the campus community was notified of this incident on Sunday morning. The notification included a number of safety reminders that are included in the Student Handbook that is issued to all St. Ambrose students at the beginning of each semester.

The safety of our students is a paramount priority at St. Ambrose, and the University responds to all safety concerns and incidents with urgency. As a result of Sunday’s alleged incident, the University has requested additional campus patrols by Davenport police officers in the coming days and SAU Security Officers will be on high alert.

Because we prioritize student safety, the University staffs the Security Office around the clock, seven days a week, and also contracts off-duty Davenport police officers for additional security on a regular basis. Access to most university buildings is limited through an electronic keycard system, and security cameras are placed strategically around campus. Walking security escort service is available around the clock.

This year, St. Ambrose has contracted with LiveSafe Inc., to provide students rapid contact with the Security Office and/or local police through an app on their mobile phones. This state-of-the-art mobile app includes other important safety features and is provided to all students by the University.

In addition, the University has emergency phone stations located throughout campus and available to any student who believes their safety is in jeopardy. We are working to ensure these are all operational.

Members of the St. Ambrose Security Office and Student Affairs Office are available to any student who has a concern regarding their safety.

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