Campus Watch December 2012

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty:

In This Issue:

  1. December 2012 Crime Stats
  2. December 2012 Campus Crime Summary
  3. December 2012 Arrest Summary
  4. The 10 Dumbest Risks People Take with their Smart Phones
  5. Has This Happened to You?
  6. Results of a recent WSUPD Tip Line submission

1. December 2012 Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
  Dec 2012 Jan-Dec 2012 Jan-Dec 2011
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offence 0 3 2
Non-Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Robbery 2 28 26
Aggravated Assault 0 0 3
Burglary 0 19 18
Larceny 15 197 245
Vehicle Theft 2 45 54
Arson 0 0 1

2. December 2012 Campus Crime Summary:


Two robbery incidents were reported during December 2012.

The first incident occurred on December 6, 2012 at 4:30 am when a 40 year old non-WSU male reported he was the victim of an armed robbery and carjacking on the westbound Ford (I-94) service drive at Trumbull. The victim stated he was driving his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu when three unknown males pulled up next to him in a black or dark blue Ford Explorer. One of the occupants produced a handgun, ordered the victim to get out of the car and run. The victim complied and last saw his vehicle being driven westbound on the Ford freeway. The victim was not physically injured.

The second incident occurred on December 10, 2012 when a 21 year old male student reported he was the victim of an attempted Robbery Not Armed while in the area of Hancock at Second at 12:00 pm.

The student reported he walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by two unknown males. One offender told the victim, "Man what you got in the book bag and give me your cell phone". The victim was then pushed to the ground and one of the subject tried to forcibly take the book bag. The incident was witnessed by a passerby who shouted "Stop!" several times to the offenders. The offenders stopped their attempt and fled south on Second, then westbound on Forest Avenue. Nothing was taken from the victim and he was not injured. An area search by responding WSUPD Officers found nothing and a Wayne County K-9 unit was unable to establish a track of the subjects.


A total of fifteen (15) incidents of Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported from thirteen different campus locations during December 2012. Items taken included a laptop computer, bicycles an iPad, and similar items of value that should never be left unattended.


Two vehicles were reported stolen to WSUPD during December of 2012. One vehicle was taken from a city street adjacent to a campus location, while the second vehicle was taken from a WSU parking Lot. The incidents are as follows:

Stolen from a city street immediately adjacent to a campus location:

Date Location Time Frame Vehicle Year & Model
Dec. 17th St. Antoine N/O E. Canfield 1:05 pm to 1:15 pm 2004 Dodge Caravan

Taken from a WSU parking lot:

Date Location Time Frame Vehicle Year & Model
Dec. 23rd 4820 Anthony Wayne (Lot 53) 1:30 pm to 8:15 am 1995 Plymouth Neon

3. December 2012 Arrest Summary

Including some of the offenses listed above, WSUPD Officers made a total of 77 arrests, during December 2012, 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 #
Misdemeanor Warrant(s) 11
Domestic Violence 6
Traffic Warrant(s) 12
Parole Absconder 3
Violation of Controlled Substances 3
Retail Fraud (shoplift) 3
Criminal Bench Warrant 1
Resist and Obstruct Police Officer 3
Uttering and Publishing 1
Friend of Court Warrant 2
Fugitive Warrant(s) 3
Disorderly Conduct 1
Operate While Impaired (drunk driving) 5
Parole Violation(s) 1
Assault & Battery 2
Auto Theft 6
Criminal Trespass 2
Violation of Personal Protection Order 2
Larceny 2
Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle 4
Attempted Robbery Not Armed 2
Robbery Not Armed 1
Arson 1
Larceny From a Building 1
Possession of Marijuana 1

For the 2012 Calendar year, WSUPD officers made a total of 1,304 criminal arrests in the MidTown area.

4) The 10 Dumbest Risks People Take with their Smart Phones:

The below linked article recently appeared on and describes some of the habits smart phone owners have developed that makes them easy to victimize. The article is a good read and we recommend you take a few minutes to review it and then compare it to your own smart phone habits.

We would add two more "dumb risks" to the above article. We see these needless risks frequently on our campus and in the surrounding MidTown Area.

Those two additional (unnecessary) risks are:

11: Put your smart phone down somewhere and simply walk away.

Realize that your smart phone is expensive and worth taking. If you leave it on a desk or a chair, (or plug it into a wall outlet to recharge) and simply walk away, there is an excellent chance your smart phone won't be there when you return.

12: Walk in public places with your smart phone in your hands out in front of you.

As you are walking, concentrate intently on your smart phone while texting, surfing the web, selecting music to listen to via your ear phones, or anything else that can draw your attention away from people around you. For added suspense, step off the curb and cross the street without taking your eyes off your smart phone, assuming that the drivers of nearby vehicles in the roadway will notice you and stop before hitting you.

5) Has This Happened To You?:

Have you have received any phone calls from 877-246-4937, or someone with a heavy accent that claims that you owe money on a non-existent loan, asks you for personal identifying information, or uses the name "Anita Butler", or tries to use some other ruse to obtain money or personal information? If so, WSUPD Investigators would like to hear from you. Please call 313-577-2054.

6) Feedback on the WSUPD Tip Line:

For a number of years, WSUPD has operated, via our website, an Anonymous Tip Line for use by our campus and MidTown community members.  WSUPD Tip Line linked here:

We do occasionally receive anonymous tips and our Investigators work them just as hard as any other case assignment. Because the Tip Line is anonymous, we are not able contact the tip senders to advise them of the outcome of the tips they provided to us.

On Sunday evening, February 17, 2013, an anonymous tip was sent, via our web site, that is note worthy and is a prime example of how a community and it's police department can work together. We'd like to share this incident, that recently occurred at Ghafari Hall, with our readers and a send Thank You to the original Tip sender. The incident is as follows: (The actual detailed tip has been edited for length)

Location: Starbucks next to Einstein Bros
Comment: "There is a black male, into his 40-50's, who wears gray shorts and usually dark shirt. He sits across women who sit around him and he faces them. But here's the thing, you can see the outline and shape of his genitals really really much! Like anyone who is to look around would see it. He positions himself and targets girls. This one time he sat across this female, and soon as she saw him, she changed her seat. People who walk in and out of Starbucks see him and they just look around in disgust. Nobody says anything to him. People just avoid him and try to not have any eye contact. This male is almost always on his phone with his hand on his forehead and peeks through his fingers when people come in or when someone is sitting across from him. He has been making me and my friends really uncomfortable. You can see everything in his privates".

This tip was assigned to a WSUPD Investigator at 8:00 am on Monday morning, February 18th. Two Investigators interviewed Starbucks employees, on both the day and afternoon shifts, who confirmed all of the information contained in the original tip. The staff also advised the subject regularly frequented the store. One employee told the Investigator that she thought she saw what appeared to be an electronic tether on the subject's ankle.

WSUPD Investigators, working on the the theory that the subject's bold behavior suggested he might be a repeat offender, enlisted the assistance of a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) agent who works out of WSU Police Department. WSUPD Investigators and our embedded MDOC agent developed a list of suspects. That list of "possibles" was narrowed to one subject. The WSUPD MDOC agent contacted a fellow MDOC agent who was familiar with recently paroled sex offenders, including the suspect developed by WSUPD. A photo of the subject was obtained and shown to the Starbucks staff. The staff positively identified the photo as the same subject, described above, who regularly frequented the Starbucks restaurant. MDOC records also revealed that this subject was required, as a condition of his prison parole, to wear a Global Positioning System (GPS) tether.

MDOC computerized GPS tether location history records were then checked and confirmed that the identified subject heavily and regularly frequented the Starbucks restaurant at Ghafari Hall during the time frames provided in the original tip.

On Tuesday, February 19th, WSUPD Investigators waited at Starbucks for the subject to follow his now regular routine and settle in at the coffee shop. The subject (subsequently identified as Rickey Horston, age 49) arrived just before noon and was stopped by the waiting Investigators. During their interview they were able to determine that the subject (released from prison on November 29, 2012) was in violation of several conditions of his recent parole. He was immediately arrested and turned over to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He is currently in custody and being held pending the outcome of a MDOC hearing to determine if he should be returned to prison to serve the remainder of his original sentence.

Rickey Horston was back in custody a mere 30 hours after the tip was received by WSUPD via our web site.

A link to the MDOC information on this subject follows below. If you have had any contacts with this person anywhere in the campus vicinity, please contact the WSUPD Investigator Wilton at 313-577-2053.

WSUPD would like to make these points with our readers:

  1. As much as we would like to be, our Officers can not be everywhere all of the time.
  2. We depend on our community members as much as you depend on WSUPD Officers.
  3. Working together we can make a illustrated above.
  4. We continue to encourage members of our community to contact us regarding persons or situations that are strange, unusual or suspicious. You can simply call us 24/7/365 at 313-577-2222 or submit a tip via our Tip Line on our web site. NOTE: If you have an urgent or in-progress matter, please contact us by phone.

Lastly, a special Thank You to the person who submitted the original tip last Sunday night. While we do not know what this subjects intentions were, he was obviously getting very comfortable here at WSU. His behavior was inappropriate and obviously offended several customers. Fortunately we had someone not only notice him, but have the courage to let us know about it so we could possibly prevent something from occurring in the near future. We offer a variety of ways that citizens can alert us and we will actively pursue all of the tips provided to us to help ensure this campus and the surrounding MidTown area remains a safe place to live, work and study.

As always, we welcome your comments, questions, suggestions or concerns. Send them to us at

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