Campus Watch May 2013

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty:

In This Issue:

  1. May 2013 Crime Stats
  2. May 2013 Campus Crime Summary
  3. May 2013 Arrest Summary
  4. Six Ways to Fight a SmartPhone Crime Wave

1. May 2013 Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
  May 2013 Jan-May 2013 Jan-May 2012
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offence 0 1 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Robbery 3 13 4
Aggravated Assault 0 1 0
Burglary 1 4 8
Larceny 12 89 76
Vehicle Theft 2 5 23
Arson 0 0 0

2. May 2013 Campus Crime Summary:


There were three Robbery or Attempted Robbery incidents reported on campus during May 2013.

The first incident was reported on May 8, 2013, when a 23 year old male student reported he was the victim of a Robbery Armed while walking along the north side of Alex Manoogian Hall at approximately 10:00 am. The student stated that will walking, he was approached by three unknown males, one of whom snatched his headphones from him. When the student protested, the offender stated, "Don't get shot, turn and walk away". Although no weapon was seen, the student complied with the directive. He then walked inside Manoogian Hall and called WSUPD. Multiple WSUPD units responded and an area search was initiated. A short time later, three subjects, exactly matching the physical descriptions provided by the victim, were stopped at E. Warren and Brush. One subject was wearing a pair of black and red headphones, identical to those taken from the student.  The WSU student was driven by the stopped subjects. He positively identified the three subjects as the same ones who had robbed him, but he also identified his "Beats by Dre" headphones worn by one of the subjects. All three subjects (ages 14, 17 and 19) were taken into custody. All three offenders were subsequently released when the Complainant refused to prosecute and simply wanted his $250.00 headphones back.

The second robbery incident, an attempted Robbery Armed, occurred on May 11, 2013 at 1:25 am on Cass Avenue just south W. Palmer. There, a female Center for Creative Studies students, along with two friends, were approached by a lone subject as they walked up to their apartment building at 5538 Cass. The unknown male offender in his 50's produced a handgun and demanded they empty their pockets. The three victims emptied their pockets and threw everything on the ground. The offender looked at the items laying on the ground and ordered the three victims to stay there while he went to get his van. The offender then walked off. The three victims picked up all of their property and fled inside the apartment building where they called police. An area search was initiated, but the offender could not be located. None of the three victims was injured and none lost and property.

The third robbery incident, a Robbery Not Armed "Apple Picking Incident" occurred on May 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm inside the WSU Education Building. There, a 24 year old student reported her iPhone was snatched from her hands by an unknown male who ran from the building in a north and then easterly direction. A witness called WSUPD and multiple units responded. Witnesses observed the subject run east to Cass and jump into a silver Ford Taurus occupied by three other persons. The vehicle then fled north to Palmer where it was spotted by a responding WSUPD unit. The vehicle turned eastbound and was stopped by other WSUPD units at Woodward and Palmer. There, the four occupants, including the offender, were taken into custody. The stolen cell phone was recovered from the front seat of the vehicle.

The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has subsequently reviewed this case. They have charged Kevin Hudson, age 18, with Robbery Not Armed and Larceny from Person. The case is currently working its way through the court system.


One burglary incident was reported during May 2013. That burglary incident occurred at the Pike House at 4251 Cass Avenue.


A total of twelve incidents of  Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported during May 2013 from twelve locations spread around campus. Some of the unattended valuables taken include: four (4) bikes, three (3) laptops, three (3) iPhones, one (1) computer tablet and one (1) book bag with textbooks.


Two (2) vehicles were reported stolen to WSUPD during May 20113. Both vehicle were taken from locations on city streets adjacent to a campus location. No vehicles were taken from WSU parking facilities during May 2013. Taken from city streets was:

Date Location Time frame Vehicle year and model
May 4th Anthony Wayne Drive at Merrick 3pm - 7pm 2005 Cadillac
May 17th Cass and E. Canfield 12/1/12 - 5/17/13 1994 Honda

3. May 2013 Arrest Summary:

WSUPD Officers made a total of 117 arrests, during May 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 #
Domestic Violence 3
Traffic Warrants 21
Indecent Exposure 1
Misdemeanor Warrants 11
Disorderly Conduct 1
Enter Without Owners Permission 1
Parole Absconder 10
OUIL (drunk driving) 2
Felonious Assault 4
Probation Violation 1
Larceny from Building 5
Attempt B&E Business 1
Felony Warrant(s) 8
Fugitive Warrant(s) 15
Retail Fraud (shoplift) 8
VCSA  (drug possession) 4
Robbery Not Armed 6
Friend of Court Warrant(s) 5
Attempted Auto Theft 2
Operate Under Influence of Drugs 1
Larceny 1
Assault and Battery 1
B & E Auto 2
Malicious Destruction of Property 1
Criminal Trespass 1
Identity Theft 1
Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property 1
Uttering and Publishing (bad checks) 1
Carry Concealed Weapon- Motor Vehicle 1
Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle 1

4) Six Ways to Fight a SmartPhone Crime Wave: 

Some of the latest ideas to reduce or eliminate smart phone crimes:  

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