Campus Watch February 2014

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty:

In This Issue:

  1. February 2014 Crime Stats
  2. February 2014 Campus Crime Summary
  3. February 2014 Arrest Summary
  4. New Crime Categories Reporting Takes Effect

1. February 2014 Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
  Feb. 2014 Jan-Feb. 2014 Jan-Feb. 2013
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Robbery 3 5 4
Aggravated Assault 0 0 1
Burglary 3 4 2
Larceny 11 23 31
Vehicle Theft 2 2 2
Arson 0 1 0

2. February 2014 Campus Crime Summary:

ROBBERY:

Three robbery incidents were reported during February 2014.

The first incident occurred at 5:40 pm on February 3, 2014 at E. Palmer at John R. There, a 23 year old female student parked her car. As she exited her vehicle, she was approached by an unknown male on foot who had a ski mask pulled over his face. As he passed the student, he asked for directions. He then produced a handgun and demanded the student's shoulder bag. The student surrendered the bag, containing a white Apple iPhone in a purple case, Toshiba laptop computer and a small amount of cash. The offender then told the student to walk away. The student complied and walked away, uninjured, and contacted WSUPD. 

The offender was described as a black male wearing a black mask and a baseball hat with orange writing and a "pom-pom" on top. He ran to a nearby bright red newer model pick-up truck, occupied by another unknown male, and both fled the scene.

While obtaining this information, the Officers learned of another robbery that had just occurred, northeast of campus, near Villa Z's restaurant at 42 Piquette (east of Woodward). Taken in this robbery was a white Apple iPhone and the Complainant's purple wallet with keys attached. The description of the offender in this second robbery matched the description (including the second subject in a bright red pickup truck) from the earlier robbery. A search of the vicinity located the WSU student's stolen shoulder bag, minus the laptop, cash and iPhone, in a dumpster behind the restaurant.  

WSUPD Officers learned that the iPhone, stolen from the WSU student, was equipped with a "find my phone" app. They began tracking the stolen iPhone, from their scout car, and learned that the stolen iPhone was stationary at a residence at 7757 Poe, near Pallister (northwest of Henry Ford Hospital). 

Plainclothes WSUPD Officers responded to this area to establish a surveillance. On their arrival, they observed a bright red pickup truck parked outside 7757 Poe.

While responding to that area, the tracking device indicated the phone was moving slowly (walking speed) south on Kipling from Pallister. As the Officers approached this area, they observed two males walking on foot slowly down the middle of the street. No one else was around. Both subjects were stopped and investigated. A white Apple iPhone in a purple case, was found in one subject's pocket. When Officers called the number of the stolen cell phone (provided by the WSU student) that iPhone rang. Both subjects were placed under arrest for Armed Robbery and Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property.. Officers then checked outside the residence at 7757 Poe and found a purple wallet with keys attached and identification belonging to the Villa Z's robbery victim, on the ground just outside the residence.   

A day shift WSUPD Investigator was then recalled to work this case. Based on the circumstances of both crimes, the evidence collected by responding officers, and the tracking data collected from the stolen iPhone, the Investigator prepared a Search Warrant for the residence at 7757 Poe. The Search Warrant was signed by a District Court judge and immediately executed. A subsequent search of the residence resulted in the recovery of all of the remaining property taken from the two robbery victims, two laptop computers (including the Toshiba laptop computer stolen from the WSU student), a black ski mask, two black handguns, one rifle, seven bags of marijuana and several hundred dollars in cash. Also seized as evidence was the bright red 2011 GMC Sierra pick-up truck used to flee the scene of both robberies. Two persons, inside the home during the search warrant execution, were arrested. A total of 4 persons were arrested and charged in connection with these cases. Their criminal cases are pending in the Wayne County courts.

The second incident, a Robbery Not Armed, occurred at 6:30 pm on February 6, 2014. In this case, a 21 year old female student reported she was talking on her cell phone as she was walking on Second at W. Forest when she an unknown male came up from behind her and pulled her iPhone from her hand. The offender was last seen running west on Forest from Second. The Complainant was not injured. An area search by WSUPD Officers was not successful, nor was an attempt to electronically track the stolen iPhone 5.  

The third incident, an Attempted Robbery Not Armed, occurred at 11:30 am on Gullen Mall at Merrick. There, a 23 year old female student reported she was talking on her iPhone while walking on the mall. She completed her call and was holding her phone in her hand when an unknown group of males walked past her. One of the males attempted to grab the phone from the student's hand, but failed when the victim continued to hold on to her phone. The four males continued to walk westbound on Merrick. The student called WSUPD, but responding Officers were unable to locate the four subjects.

BURGLARY:

Three Burglary incidents were reported during February 2014. 

The first incident was reported on February 20, 2014 and involved a forcible entry into the Newman Catholic Center inside the Student Center Building. The second incident was reported on February 20, 2014 and involved the theft of a backpack and contents from a Ghafari Residence Hall room. The third incident was reported on February 21st, 2014 when cash was reported missing from room inside Atchison Hall. There were no signs of forced entry to the Residence Hall rooms and, in one case, the resident was unsure if he locked his door when he left his room.

LARCENY:

A total of eleven (11) incidents of Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported during February 2014 from ten different locations across campus. Left unattended and subsequently taken were an assortment of iPhones, personal property and other valuables that should never have been left unattended.

VEHICLE THEFT:

No vehicles were reported stolen from WSU parking facilities during February 2014. Two vehicles were reported stolen from city streets immediately adjacent to campus locations during February 2014:

Date Location Time Frame Vehicle Year & Model
Feb. 8th Anthony Wayne Dr. at Kirby 12:30 am - 3:30 am 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Feb. 18th Woodward N/O Palmer 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 1998 Dodge Caravan

3. February 2014 Arrest Summary:

WSUPD Officers made a total of 101 arrests, during February 2014, for a variety of criminal 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 #
Attempted Auto Theft 2
Operate While Impaired (drunk driving) 3
Traffic Warrant(s) 26
Felonious Assault 4
Assault & Battery/Domestic Violence 3
Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle 3
Carry Concealed Weapon in Motor Vehicle 1
Felony Warrant(s) 11
Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property 3
Felony Firearms 1
Possession of Marijuana 1
Animal Cruelty 1
Fugitive Warrant(s) 6
Friend of Court Warrant(s) 10
Juvenile Curfew 1
Retail Fraud (shoplift) 1
Robbery Armed 2
Probation Violation 5
Larceny From Person 3
Assault & Battery 3
Disorderly Conduct 1
Parole Violation 1
Document Fraud 1
Criminal Trespass 1
Violation of Controlled Substances 4
Flee and Elude Police 2

4. New Crimes Category Reporting Takes Effect

The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) took effect March 7, 2014. This federal law imposes new obligations on colleges and universities nationwide. Under the Campus Sexual Violence Act provision of VAWA, colleges and universities are required to report incidents of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking, in addition to the crime categories already reported (see section #1 above). These three new crimes are defined as follows:

Domestic Violence or Dating Violence - is a pattern of abusive behavior in which one person uses physical, sexual, and emotional abuse to control another person. Under Michigan Law, a Domestic Relationship involves a spouse or former spouse, a dating relationship or former dating relationship, the parties have a child in common and or they reside or used to reside in the same household.

Stalking; There are two types of stalking under Michigan law.

Misdemeanor stalking: occurs when there are two or more willful, separate, and unwanted contacts with another person and those contacts would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested and those contacts do cause victim to feel any or all of these.

Examples of misdemeanor stalking include following, approaching, appearing at the victim's workplace or residence, contacting the victim via phone, text, social media, mail, or email.

Felony Aggravated Stalking: occurs when the above behavior is coupled with any of the following:

  1. The Suspect or Offender has a previous stalking conviction
  2. One of the acts was in violation of court order (Personal Protection Order)
  3. A credible threat is made against the victim, or a member of the victim's family or household

Misdemeanor Stalking is punishable, by not more than one year in jail, not more than a fine of $1,000.00, or both.

Felony, or Aggravated Stalking is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.

The new crimes category reporting will begin in the next (March) issue of CampusWatch.


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