Campus Watch April 2013

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty:

In This Issue:

  1. April 2013 Crime Stats
  2. April 2013 Campus Crime Summary
  3. April 2013 Arrest Summary
  4. iPhone Thefts - REFLASH on "Apple Picking"

1. April 2013 Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
  April 2013 Jan-April 2013 Jan-April 2012
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offence 0 *1 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Robbery 3 10 3
Aggravated Assault 0 1 0
Burglary 0 3 6
Larceny 32 77 67
Vehicle Theft 0 3 16
Arson 0 0 0

2. April 2013 Campus Crime Summary:


On April 4, 2013, an 18 year old female housing resident reported to a staff member that she was sexually assaulted by her former boyfriend about three weeks earlier (early March 2013) while she was in his on-campus residence. The female student was adamant that she did not want to report the incident to police and did not wish to prosecute the former boyfriend. A WSUPD Investigator was able to ultimately speak with the student who again reaffirmed that she did not wish to prosecute the offender and did not wish further police involvement. *NOTE: This Forcible Sex Offense incident has now been added to the 2013 year-to-date category in Section 1 above).


Three Robbery incidents were reported during April 2013:

The first incident, a Robbery Not Armed, occurred on April 14, 2013 at approximately 3:30 am on Anthony Wayne Drive north of Warren. There, a 19 year old male Housing resident reported he was sitting alone at an "umbrella table" on the west side of the WSU Engineering building, smoking a cigarette. While sitting at the table, he noticed two unknown males walk past him. Shortly thereafter, one of the males appeared behind the student and the other appeared in front of him. The males physically assaulted the student and went into his pockets taking his cell phone, wallet and personal items. Both subjects then fled on foot southbound on Anthony Wayne Drive from Warren. The student suffered some swelling to his face but declined medical attention.

The second robbery incident occurred at approximately 7:40 pm on April 20th, 2013 at W. Kirby and Cass. In this incident, a 25 year old male student reported he was approached by four unknown male and female teenagers. One of subjects demanded his cell phone. The student ignored the demand and kept walking. One of the subjects then produced a handgun and again demanded the student's cell phone. The student immediately fled onto campus to a nearby Blue Light phone where he called WSUPD. Five WSUPD Officers responded and began an area search. Several minutes later an officer spotted and stopped a group of four subjects at Cass and W. Palmer. Investigation of this group (two males and two females) revealed one of the females had a BB hand gun in her pocket. The victim was driven by the stopped group and positively identified all four teenagers (all were 13 and 14 years old). All four juveniles were taken into custody and charged with Robbery Armed. The male WSU student was not injured.  

The third robbery incident, occurred on Cass at Putnam  at approximately 7:05 pm on April 29th, 2013. In this incident, a 29 year old female WSU student reported that she standing on the sidewalk talking on her iPhone. Suddenly, she reports, her iPhone was grabbed out of her hand by an unknown male who then fled east on Putnam then north on Woodward Avenue, where she lost sight of him. She then notified WSUPD. Multiple officers responded and began an area search. Moments later, a subject exactly matching the physical description provided by the victim, was spotted on Kirby near Cass Avenue. When the subject spotted the officer, he attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended by the Officers who took him into custody. The victims iPhone was found in nearby bushes along the route the offender tried to flee. The arrested subject was brought to WSUPD for processing. During that processing, the offender asked the officers if he could make a phone call to his mother. That request was granted and the arrested subject called his mother (in the officers presence), telling her by phone, "I screwed up my life Mom, I just robbed somebody!"

This case was turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for review. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has subsequently charged the offender, Chauncey Daniel Brown, age 17, with one count of Robbery Not Armed (a 15 year felony) and one count of Larceny from Person (a 10 year felony).


A total of thirty-two (32) incidents of Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported from eighteen different campus locations during April 2013. Among the items left unattended and subsequently stolen were: 9 iPhones, 8 bicycles, 1 wallet, 1 backpack, one purse, a thumb drive, an iPod charger and miscellaneous cash.

3. April 2013 Arrest Summary:

WSUPD Officers made a total of 114 arrests, during April 2013, for a variety of offenses. The arrests were the end result of the investigation of suspicious persons or circumstances, either called in by members of our on and off campus community or observed by officers while on routine patrol, traffic stops, alarm run responses, targeted patrol efforts, rapid arrival to in-progress incidents, or completed crime report investigations by WSUPD Investigators. The following arrest incidents, some involving multiple charges, occurred either on campus or in the surrounding MidTown area.

Offense #
Traffic Warrant(s) 11
Fugitive Warrant(s) 3
Domestic Violence 3
Possession of Facsimile Firearm 1
Parole Absconder 4
Felony Warrant(s) 10
Violation Marijuana ordinance 1
Disorderly Conduct 1
Fleeing and Eluding Police 1
Embezzlement 1
Criminal Trespass 3
Drive w/Suspended License 4
Misdemeanor Warrant(s) 11
No Operators License 2
Probation Violation 2
Larceny 3
Poss. of Stolen Motor Vehicle 3
Friend of Court Warrant(s) 4
Larceny from Building 1
Retail Fraud (shoplifting) 6
Malicious destruction of Property 2
Larceny from Person 1
Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property 2
Violation of Controlled Substances 4
OUIL (drunk driving) 3
Robbery Not Armed 4
Assault & Battery 1
Resist and Obstruct Police 4
Auto Theft 2
Possession of Firearm during Felony 3
Robbery Armed 4
Criminal Sexual Conduct 1
Felonious Assault 1
B & E Automobile 1
Document Fraud 1

4) iPhone Thefts - They're baaaaack! (a Re-flash on "Apple Picking"):

As noted in the Robbery and Larceny sections above, the incidents of theft involving iPhones are again on the rise, especially now that the weather is warm and iPhones are coming out of pockets and book bags where they are now easily seen. Because of the uptick in iPhone thefts, we are including a re-flash of a segment, titled "Don't Be a Victim of Apple Picking", that first appeared in CampusWatch Issue # 155 (September 2012).

Don't Be a Victim of "Apple Picking": Special Segment - Please share with your non-WSU iPhone friends

The incidents of the forcible taking of iPhones, both in August  and in September of 2012(see CampusWatch Issue #154), are NOT unique to the Wayne State campus, or to the MidTown area, or even the city of Detroit. In fact, incidents involving the forcible (and non-forcible) thefts of iPhones/smart phones have sharply spiked in cities and suburbs around the nation, and around the globe, in recent months. This is especially true on college and university campuses where so many students have iPhones and Smartphones.

Dubbed "Apple Picking" or "iCrimes" by police officers, these iPhone/Smartphone theft incidents have been occurring (and may likely continue) nationally in three different ways.

1: Robbery Not Armed thefts (like the incidents described above) are accomplished by an offender simply noting who is publicly displaying an iPhone/Smartphone and is simply not paying attention to who or what is around them. The offender simply (and usually from behind) walks up, runs up, or rides up on a bike, and grabs the iPhone out of the surprised persons hand. The offender then simply runs off (disappearing into a nearby building or jumping into a waiting vehicle, or rides off on a bike, leaving the stunned victim with little more than a glimpse of the offender's back as they escape.

2: Robbery Armed thefts may be directed at male victims who may be perceived as more risky to target than a female victim. The thief, to emphasize he means business and to strongly discourage a physical counter attack by the intended victim, may infer or actually display a weapon to convince the victim that resisting the robbery would be very unwise or hopeless.

3: Feigning an "Emergency": Actually classified as a Larceny by Trick (rather than a robbery), the offender (acting excited or panicked) runs up to a iPhone holder. They claim their nearby friend or relative(who is never visible to the intended victim - because they don't exist) has been involved in an accident or is experiencing a medical emergency (or some other traumatic event). The offender asks to "borrow" the victim's iPhone or cell phone to call 911 or a relative. The intended victim, willing to help in anyway possible, then gives his iPhone or cell phone to the offender...who simply runs off with it.

For information on why iPhone owners (and others) are being targeted and what you can do to prevent becoming a target of "Apple Picking", see the following:

"Apple Picking" or "iCrimes" around the nation: (just a few of many links)

Apple Picking Thieves Snatch iPhones:

How To Protect iPhones and iPads from Apple Picking:

An iPhone is Stolen and then re-stolen:

People Walking While Talking get their phone grabbed:

iCrime and Apple Picking:

How To Prevent Apple Picking:

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