A man with a knife and wearing a ski mask tried to rob two women on the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Thursday afternoon, according to an alert put out by the university.
The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. in the Parker parking lot, which is behind Parker Hall near Hayes and Winridge roads.
The suspect is no longer on campus after fleeing through backyards on Winspear Avenue, according to the university.
UB police diverted more officers to the area and Buffalo police are assisting with the search for the suspect.
Anyone who may have information may call university police at (716) 645-2227.