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Robbery

 

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, at approximately 5:45 PM, a robbery with a firearm occurred near Rogers Hall on the FSU campus. Two suspects approached two male FSU students. One brandished a firearm and demanded their property, and when they complied, the other picked up their phones and wallets. The two then left the scene running west and across Tennessee Street, off the campus.  No persons were injured.

 

Suspect 1: Male, black, 19-20 years of age, approximately 6’00”, thin build, dark complexion, armed with a stainless steel semiautomatic pistol. The suspect was wearing a white tank top, black long cargo shorts, and a black skull cap.

 

Suspect 2, Male, black, 19-20 years of age, approximately 5’8”, stocky build, dark complexion, possible mustache/other facial hair, close-cut hair. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt, black long cargo shorts, and black or brown work-type boots.

 

If you have any information about this crime or the suspects, please contact the FSU Police Department IMMEDIATELY at 644-1234. In an emergency, DIAL 911. You may also contact CrimeStoppers at 574-TIPS. Your information may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000, and you can remain anonymous. We don’t need your name, just your information!

 

Crime Bulletin – Arson Incidents

The Florida State University Police Department is currently investigating three fire incidents that it is classifying as arsons.  Each of the incidents, if taken individually, represent minor incidents, however, with the current number being three and of similar circumstance, the FSUPD considers these on-going, though not campus-wide at this time.  In the interests of informing affected parties (the School of Music and the College of Business) the following information is provided to assist staff and students with taking security precautions and to be on the lookout for any suspicious persons or activity.

 

Incident 1 – April 1st, 2013 – small burn marks on wall and burnt paper found near Room 435D in the Kuersteiner Music Building.

 

Incident 2 – April 19th, 2013 – burnt paper and small burn marks on carpet near Room 435E on the Kuersteiner Music Building.

 

Incident 3 – May 6th , 2013 – burned papers affixed to cork/message board on west side of Rovetta Business Building.

 

It is unknown at this time if the incidents are linked, if they are the work of vandals, or are continuing pattern of a single person or group intent on causing fire damage.  The FSUPD is investigating these cases in order to identify the person or persons responsible.  If you work or study in these areas, please be on the lookout for any new damage, suspicious persons in the area, or any suspicious circumstances.  In the event that you have any information, please contact the FSUPD at 850-644-1234 and ask to be connected to Sgt. Randy Hunter of the Investigations Section.

This information is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department

 

Community Information - Suspicious Incidents

On October 1st, 2012, the FSU Police Department received information regarding three suspicious incidents on campus involving a vehicle following females in a suspicious manner. The incidents took place at separate locations between the hours of 8:18am and 9:21pm. They are detailed below:

 

Incident 1 – At about 8:18am in Parking Garage #2 (Traditions Way) a female reported that a white male in an older white car pulled up next to her and tried to get her attention. At some point the male reportedly tugged at the complainant’s purse. It is unknown at this time if the male was trying to take the purse or trying to get the female’s attention. The vehicle was operated by a white male with curly hair. The female left the area immediately and reported the incident to FSUPD approximately 20 minutes after the incident occurred. The victim was not harmed.

 

Incident 2 – At about 1:30pm near Rogers Hall, a female student was reportedly walking in the parking lot when a 2 door white “sports style” car followed her. The driver appeared to have a darker complexion, however the vehicle’s windows were heavily tinted. The female was not harmed. No criminal activity documented in this incident.

 

Incident 3 – At about 9:21pm, a female was reportedly walking between Dorman Hall and Parking Garage #2 (Traditions Way) when she was followed by a turquoise Jeep Patriot SUV, possible a 2010 model year. The vehicle was operated by a white male with a “buzz” style haircut, wearing a white t-shirt with a blue stripe on the sleeve. The male appeared college age. The complainant was not harmed. No criminal activity documented in this incident.

 

The FSU Police Department is actively seeking information as to the identity of the operators of these vehicles and further seeks to determine if all the incidents are related. At this time the FSUPD asks our community to immediately call the FSUPD at 644-1234 if you think you have seen any of these vehicles or suspect, and if you think you are being followed, call 911 immediately and go to the nearest populated place. At this time, none of these incidents have involved violence, however, the nature of these reports gives rise to a concern for safety. Students and employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to FSUPD immediately. The FSU Police Department is providing this information to aid your personal safety on campus.

 

Crime Bulletin Robbery Degraff Hall FSU Main Campus

On the evening of June 14, 2012 a FSU Police Department Security Officer was patrolling the grounds on the northwest side of DeGraff Hall at approximately 11:06 pm when he encountered a black male (suspect) with a handgun. The suspect ordered the guard to get on the ground, which he did. The suspect then demanded the officer’s radio to aid in his escape. The officer complied and gave the suspect his radio. The suspect then fled northeast around DeGraff Hall, towards Dewey Street. The security officer was not injured during the incident. Investigation has revealed the suspect was poised to commit a robbery in the immediate vicinity. 

Tallahassee Police Department K9 responded to the area and began a track. K9 tracked the suspect to the east side of DeGraff near Dewey Street where he lost the track. Officers searching the area met with negative results.

The suspect was described as the following:

Black Male, approximately 6 ft tall, late 20s or early 30s average build, short hair, with a mustache but otherwise clean shaven, wearing a dark shirt, and khaki shorts.

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information about this incident or the suspect(s), you may also contact the FSU Police Department at 644-1234 (off campus) or 3-1-1 (on campus).  In an emergency, DIAL 911.  You may also contact Crime$toppers at 574-TIPS.  Your information may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000, and you can remain anonymous.  FSUPD urges everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times. 

Please note the Crime Prevention Tips below: Crime Prevention Tips

  • Report suspicious activity immediately to the FSUPD or local law enforcement
  • Trust your instincts.  Avoid suspicious persons
  • Never walk alone (particularly at night)
  • Stay in well-lit and well  populated areas
  • Use the SAFE Bus, StarMetro, or Night Nole
  • If you are suspicious of a approaching vehicle or person create some distance and prepare to react (Run and Yell for Help)
  • Be a good witness.  Note a vehicle description or suspect description
  • Consider taking a self defense class.  Try FSUPD’s RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program.

This message is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed decisions concerning your safety. For questions or concerns please contact the FSU Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (850) 644-1388 or (850) 644-3660.

 

 

Crime Bulletin Shot Fired    FSU Main Campus

On June 2, 2012 at about 2:30am, FSU Police Officers were in the area of the 500 Block of College Avenue as patrons left a nightclub.  Several altercations were observed and as officers worked to disburse the crowd of about 200 people, officers heard a gun shot.  As people quickly left the area, officers found a vehicle with window damage and a female near the car advising she thought she had been shot near her knee.  Further investigation revealed that the female was not shot, but may have cut her knee in the ensuing activity following the shot, or from the glass/debris that was broken from the bullet.  Police have not established if the shooter was aiming for a particular person or if the weapon was discharged while being recklessly brandished.

Witnesses at the scene described the shooter as follows: 

Suspect Description -Male, black, wearing a white tshirt, blue jeans, unknown height and weight, white tennis shoes, and possibly a "skull cap" covering his head.  The suspect was armed with an unknown type pistol, but possibly a revolver. 

The suspect was described as having immediately fled east, away from campus property after the shot was fired. 

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case and is seeking information from the public who may have additional information regarding events leading up to, during, and after the shooting.  There were a number of people in the area and it is very possible that more witnesses have information or may even know the identity of the shooter.  

Crime Prevention Tips - 

1. In the event that you are out at a crowded venue and an altercation erupts, leave the area as soon as possible and call police. 

2. If you observe a patron or patrons at an establishment that are unruly, inform the establishment's management and/or on site security.  Call police immediately if a situation becomes dangerous or has the potential to become dangerous. 

3. In the event that you observe or hear about a person at or near an establishment having a weapon, call police.  Police can establish if a weapon is or is not lawfully carried and if necessary take appropriate action. 

Persons having information are encouraged to call the FSU Police Department at 850-644-1234.  Persons wishing to provide information anonymously can call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  With Crime Stoppers, you don't have to give your name, and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000.  You can also provide Crime Stoppers Information online at www.bbcsi.org

This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you with making informed decisions concerning your personal safety.   

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery - FSU Main Campus 

On 03-18-12 at about 10:45pm, an armed robbery was reported in the 500 Block of West Park Avenue (far east side of campus).  A female was leaving her residence when she was approached by a male armed with a handgun.  The male demanded her belongings and she compiled.  The male then fled west toward Copeland St.  The offense was delayed in being reported a few minutes, and upon the report, police thoroughly checked the area but the suspect was not located, having fled the area.  The victim was not injured. 

The FSUPD is actively investigating this case and requests any person having information regarding this offense to contact the FSUPD immediately at 644-1234.  In the case of an emergency, dial 911.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous in providing information can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  Remember with Crime Stoppers, you don't have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000. 

Suspect Description: 

Male, Black, hair in dreadlock style, all dark clothing, and armed with a handgun.  No information on height and build.  Victim described suspect as "not appearing to be a college student" in appearance. 

Crime Prevention Tips: 

1. Avoid walking alone at night - criminals prefer to isolate victims.

2. Stay in will lighted and well traveled areas.

3. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

4. If you see someone acting suspicious, contact police. When in doubt, have them checked out.

5. If you are robbed, do not risk your safety to protect belongings.  Things can be replaced.6. If you are the victim of a crime, call police as soon as you can do so safely. 

This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you with making sound personal safety decisions.  

Crime Bulletin – Attempted Strong-arm Robberies - Main FSU campus  

On January 27th, 2012, two attempted robberies (person attempting to snatch property of victims) occurred on the FSU campus near the Night ‘Nole Stop between S. Woodward Ave. and Lorene Street and near the loading zone of the Fresh Food restaurant off of W. Call Street, respectively. 

The facts of the incidents are as follows: 

Offense 1 –On January 27th, 2012 at about 11:00pm, a group of female friends were standing near the Night ‘Nole bus stop between South Woodward Avenue and Lorene Street when a car pulled up to the curb and a female got out of the passenger side of the car with leaving the door open.  The female attempted to make small talk, then suddenly tried to snatch one of friends’ purses.  The victim was able to quickly snatch the purse back and the suspect ran back to the car quickly and the driver left the area hastily.  There was an approximate 22 hour delay in this report being received by FSUPD.

The witnesses and the victim described the suspects and vehicle as follows:

Suspect 1 – White female with “bad acne” on her face, approximately 5’4” tall and 110 pounds.  Suspect described as having dark “stringy” hair.

Suspect 2 – Male – no other information available.The suspect vehicle is described as a small, silver, four door car with what appeared to be a temporary tag.

Offense 2 -On January 27, 2012, at about 11:40pm, an FSU police officer was on foot patrol in Smith Hall when a female student approached him and said she had been robbed near the area of W. Call Street and the Fresh Food restaurant. The student said another female approached her and asked to use her phone. The student obliged just as a car, driven by a male pulled up.  The suspect female made eye contact with the driver and suddenly punched the victim.  A struggle ensued as the suspect tried to take the phone.  The victim gained control of her phone and the suspect was able to break free and flee in the car.  Police returned to the area with the victim to search for physical evidence and none was located.

The victim described the suspects and suspects' car as follows:

Suspect 1- White female with brown eyes, straight to medium dark hair (possibly dyed black), 5 ft 4 inches in height, wearing calf high boots, jeans, and a dark colored (possibly black) jacket, 19-24 years of age.

Suspect 2 (Driver)- White male, unknown height,  weighing 180 pounds with sandy brown "buzz cut hair style,"  wearing a grey shirt, 18-26 years of age.  

The suspect vehicle was described as a black or dark blue, newer Acura T.9, four door (unknown tag number or state).

The FSU Police Department Investigations Section is actively following up on these cases.  Clearly, information on these two incidents indicates that they are likely linked.  Further, the modus operandi by which the offenders committed the offenses suggests that they may have made contact with other individuals on campus, or perhaps in areas surrounding campus. 

The FSUPD Police Department strongly requests that if you have any information regarding activities of the above suspects to contact FSUPD immediately at 850-644-1234.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS, or visit them online at BBCSI.org where you can submit a tip online.  Remember with Crime Stoppers, you never have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Avoid walking alone at night.  Walking with a group of friends reduces the risk of being a victim of crime.

2. If you must walk late at night, stay in well lighted and well traveled areas.

3. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

4. Do not display money or valuables as you walk.  These of course, may be attractive to a potential robber.

5. Be aware of your surroundings.  Do not get immersed in texting or talking on the phone.

6. If you see anyone suspicious or someone who alarms you for any reason, contact police.  They can make sure everything is safe or take appropriate action if necessary. 

This Crime Bulletin is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed personal safety decisions.  It is available in an alternate format upon request. 

CRIME BULLETIN Armed Robbery - Main FSU Campus - Lower Diffenbaugh Parking Lot 

The following message has been approved by Chief David L. Perry, FSU Police Department for distribution to all current students, faculty, and staff. 

On January 24, 2012, at about 12:14am, a FAMU student was robbed in the Lower Diffenbaugh Parking Lot (near the area of Pensacola St. and Copeland St.).  As the student walked, he was approached by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  The suspects demanded the students belongings then fled the area north on foot.  Police quickly arrived and initiated a K-9 track, but it was determined that the suspects had likely entered a car and left the area.  The student was not physically injured.

The victim described the suspects as follows: 

Suspect 1 – Black male, slender build with facial hair wearing a dark colored jacket with a hood. 

Suspect 2 – Black male, slender build wearing a dark long sleeve shirt. 

FSUPD is actively investigating this case and asks that anyone having information concerning this incident to please call the FSU Police at 850-644-1234.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS, or visit them online at bbcsi.org.   Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you never have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars. 

Crime Prevention Tips 

1. Avoid walking alone at night.  Criminals often target persons who are alone and isolated to commit their crimes.

2. Stay in well lighted and populated areas.  Again, the more potential witness there are, the higher risk to a criminal. 

3. Always pay attention to your surroundings.  Texting, talking on the phone, listening to music on headphones, etc., call all reduce your ability to detect a threat. 

4. Avoid carrying obvious valuables and cash.  Criminals look for these items when preparing to commit crimes. 

5. If you are the victim of a robber, remember that items can be replaced.  Do not risk your safety in order to protect property or objects. 

6. If robbed, call police immediately.  Seconds count.  The sooner you call, the greater the chance police can intercept or track a fleeing offender. 

This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you with making sound decisions concerning your personal safety.

Crime Bulletin – Strong-arm Robbery 

The following message has been approved by Chief David L. Perry, FSU Police Department for distribution to all current students, faculty, and staff.          

On 01-19-12 at about 3am, an FSU student was approached by a black 4dr, medium sized “Toyota like” vehicle occupied by 2 males in the area of Chieftain Way at Kellum Hall.  One of the males (passenger) asked to use the student’s cell phone.  The student said he would allow the male to use it via the speaker phone option.  The male passenger then exited the vehicle, grabbed the student’s hand, and snatched the phone. The two suspects in the car then drove off.  The student was not hurt nor were any weapons shown or implied.  The suspects fled south toward the Leach Center area.  Searches for the suspects in the area were not successful. 

The vehicle occupants were described by the student as black males with the passenger wearing a black jacket and standing about 5'8" with short cut hair.  There was no further description regarding the driver. 

The FSU Police Department Investigations Section is actively following up on this case.  If you have any information as to this incident or persons involved, please contact the FSUPD at 850-644-1234.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS, or visit them online at BBCSI.org where you can submit a tip online.  Remember with Crime Stoppers, you never have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Avoid walking alone at night.  Walking with a group of friends reduces the risk of being a victim of crime.

2. If you must walk late at night, stay in well lighted and well traveled areas.

3. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

4. Do not display money or valuables as you walk.  These of course, may be attractive to a potential robber.

5. Be aware of your surroundings.  Do not get immersed in texting or talking on the phone.

6. If you see anyone suspicious or someone who alarms you for any reason, contact police.  They can make sure everything is safe or take appropriate action if necessary. 

This Crime Bulletin is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed personal safety decisions.  It is available in an alternate format upon request. 

Crime Bulletin - Home Invasion Attempt - Alumni Village 

On November 12, 2011 at about 3:30am, the FSUPD responded to a report of an attempted home invasion in Alumni Village, south of the main FSU campus.  The complainant reported that a male knocked on her apartment window and asked to be let in, stating he was the "police".  The resident refused and called FSUPD. 

The suspect broke the resident's window and the resident attempted the stab the suspect with a knife.  The suspect fled the scene.  Police responded and confirmed through witnesses that the suspect had fled the Alumni Village area.

The victim and witnesses described the suspect as follows:

Male, black, between 5'10" and 6'00" tall, short hair, white t-shirt, blue jeans, possibly a hat, thin, "lanky" build. 

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case.  If you have any information concerning any events related to this crime, or information concerning the suspect, please contact FSUPD immediately at 850-644-1234.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars. 

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Never open a door or (or window) for an unexpected visitor.  If someone claims to be with a law enforcement agency and you are not sure, call the police to confirm they have an officer at your residence.

2. Always lock doors and windows whether during the night or day.

3. Immediately call police if you see someone who you feel is suspicious in your neighborhood.

4. Get to know your neighbors.  If you see something odd at a neighbor's residence, call police.

5. Make sure all outside lights are working properly.

6. Do not store an extra key under a door mat or above a door.  Burglars know to look there too.

7. Make sure you have a working phone in your bedroom or on your person.  Keep cell phones charged so you can call police in an emergency. 

This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to provide you with information to help you make sound and informed decisions concerning your personal safety. 

Crime Bulletin - Armed Robbery FSU Main Campus

On October 22, 2011 at about 10:50pm, an armed robbery occurred on Academic Way near the Business Building on the north end of campus.  A male and a female where walking together when they were approached by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  The suspects demanded the victim's belongings and fled south from the area.  Police did an immediate search of the area, but the suspects had already fled.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1 - Black male approximately 25-30  years of age.  Height 5'11', 180 lbs, Dark colored jacket.
Suspect 2 - Black male approximately 25-30 years of age.  Height 6'00, 200 lbs, Dark colored jacket, wearing a white/blue and black beanie cap. Facial hair beard or goatee. Armed with a small handgun.

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case and requests that anyone who may have information concerning this offense or the suspects, to please call the FSUPD at 850-644-1234.  Persons who wish to remain anonymous can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

Crime Prevention Tips

1. Avoid walking alone at night.  Walking in a group may reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a crime.
2. When out and about, stay in well lighted and populated areas.  Criminals often seek isolated people to victimize.
3. Report suspicious persons or behavior immediately to police.
4. If you are confronted by a robber, do not resist to protect possessions.  Items can be replaced.
5. If you are the victim of a crime, call police as soon as safely possible.  
This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department, and is intended to provide you with information to assist you in making sound decisions concerning your safety.

 

 

Crime Bulletin – Drug Assisted Sexual Battery

 The following information has been approved by Chief David L. Perry, FSU Police Department, for distribution to all students currently taking classes, faculty, and staff.

 On 9/23/11 at about 12:06am, the FSU Police Department received a report of an alleged sexual battery that occurred at 418 W. College Avenue (Kappa Alpha fraternity) sometime around 10pm on 09/22/11 during a party.  The FSU Police Department has an ongoing investigation related to this crime.  The case is related to tampering with a beverage and students out and about on campus are not considered under immediate threat due to this incident.  Police are following up on a number of leads and also request that if anyone who was at the listed address immediately before, during, or after the time of the offense, or has information related to the offense, contact Sgt. Randy Hunter that the FSUPD via 850-644-1234.

While police have some rudimentary suspect information, release of this limited information would not be beneficial to the successful apprehension of a suspect at this time.

Persons who want to provide information but want to remain anonymous can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give you name, and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Never accept a drink from a stranger.

2. If you have a beverage, do not let it out of your sight.  If you do, then get a fresh drink and dispose of the old one.

3. During an outing, stay with your friends and do not let a friend leave the location with a stranger.

4. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

5. If you are the survivor of a sexual battery, do not bathe, brush your teeth, use the restroom, or wash your clothes.  This can preserve important evidence for police.

6. Remember, help is available.  Police work closely with Victim Advocates and counselors to provide you with support.

This information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to give you important information so you can make informed decisions related to your personal safety. 

 

 

 

Crime Bulletin – Aggravated Batteries

 The following has been approved for distribution to all students taking classes, faculty, and staff by Chief David Perry, FSU Police Department:

 On September 4, 2011, at about 2:42am, a disturbance was reported at an apartment style residence at 606 W. Call Street.  Two unidentified males entered the building and were chased out by two persons who were visiting residents. The suspects were pursued them to Parking Garage #4 (near the intersection of Call St. and Macomb St.).  The visitors apparently caught the fleeing males, at which time the parties fought.  Upon searching the area, responding officers discovered the two visitors/victims beaten and on the ground.  Both required transport to the hospital for treatment.  No weapons have been reported to have been involved in this incident at this time.  The FSU Police Department is currently investigating this case to determine the identities of the suspects.

 Suspect Descriptions:

 Suspect 1 – Male, white, 5ft10in to 6ft tall, stocky build, 21-22 years old, grey tank top, garnet basketball shorts, short dark brown hair.

 Suspect 2 – Male, white, slightly shorter than suspect 1, medium build, 21-22 years old, black t-shirt and tan Docker style shorts, baseball hat unknown color, dark brown hair.

 The Florida State University Police Department is seeking any information witnesses may have about this crime.  Persons having information can contact the FSUPD at 850-644-1234.  Witnesses who which to remain anonymous can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  Remember with Crime Stoppers, you don’t have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Always lock the doors to your residence at night. This applies to rooming house, apartment house, University, and Greek house style residential facilities as well.

2. In the event of a suspicious incident or crime, call police immediately.  Police are trained in the apprehension of criminals.  Pursuing criminals can result in injury.

 This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department, and is intended to assist you with making sound and informed decisions concerning your personal safety and security.

 

Crime Bulletin - Strongarm Robbery Main FSU Campus

 On July 30, 2011 at about 7am, the FSU Police Department took a report of a strongarm robbery that was reported to have occurred at about 1am in the parking lot north of the FSU Sandels Building.  This is in the area of the intersection of West Call Street and Convocation Way on the FSU campus.  The victim, an FSU student, reported that he was walking in the parking lot when he was approached by three males to demanded his wallet.  The victim reported that he threw his wallet down.  Upon discovering that the wallet had no money, one of the males punched the victim and the three fled the area.  No weapons were seen or implied.

 The victim described the suspects as follows:

 Suspect 1 - Black male, 20-21 years of age, dreadlock style hair, gold dental work with diamond accents, white tank top.

 Suspect 2 - Black male, grey shirt, clean cut, short hair.

 Suspect 3 - Black male, no other description.

 

Crime Prevention Tips:

 1. Avoid walking alone at night.  Use the buddy system,  Walking with a group of people can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

 2. Walk in well lighted and populated areas.  Criminals often prefer to target persons who are isolated.

 3. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.  If you are late in returning, someone will know and can contact authorities.

 4. If you see someone who appears suspicious, do not hestitate to contact police.  Listen to your instincts.  If something does not seem right, it probably isn't.  Let the police check in out to make sure.

 5. If you are the victim of a crime, report it immediately to police.  The best chance of capturing a criminal is in the moments immediately following the crime.  Delays allow the offender to dispose of evidence, create alibis, and find a safe haven.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case.  If you have any information concerning events leading up to, during, or after this offense, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850-644-1234.  If you wish to report information anonymously, you can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  You can also contact them online by visting www.bbcsi.org and clicking on WebTips.  Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to keep you informed so you can make sound decisions concerning your personal safety.

 

 

Crime Bulletin - Robbery - Main FSU Campus

On June 17, 2011 at about 2:25am, a current FSU student reported that he was robbed near the Housewright Music Building as he walked home.  The victim reported that he was approached by four subjects who got out of a car, one of whom held a knife and demanded his belongings.  The victim complied and the suspects fled. 

 The victim described the suspects as follows:

 Four black males one of whom was about 5 ft 10 in in height with dreadlock style hair.  The males were reported to be in a late model blue Honda Civic.  No other description was available to police.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case and requests any information that may be available concerning events related to this incident.  Information may be reported anonymously via Big Bend Crime Stoppers by calling  850 574 TIPS.  Remember, with Crime Stoppers you do not have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

 Crime Prevention Tips

 1. Criminals will often seek to isolate victims.  Avoid walking alone at night or in isolated areas.

 2. Stay in well lighted areas that are populated by other people who may be potential witnesses.  This may discourage a criminal.

 3. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or wearing obvious expensive items, such as jewelry.  Valuables can appear enticing to a robber.

 4. In the event that you are robbed, remember, items can be replaced.  If a robber demands property, compliance with property demands can be a factor in avoiding injury.

 5. Always call police when a person or situation appears suspicious.  If something appears suspicious to you, then it will to the police as well.  When in doubt, have it checked out.

 6. When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. In the event that you are late, someone will know to look for you or contact authorities.

 The information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed decisions concerning your personal safety.

 

Crime Bulletin - Robbery - Main FSU Campus Near Smith Hall

 On 04/17/11 at about 3:02am, two FSU students were walking toward Smith Hall on the FSU main campus when they were confronted by 4 males, one of who was carrying a large white stick.  The suspects demanded the students' belongings, and the students gave them their personal affects.  The suspects then fled into a vehicle and left the area.  The students were not injured.  FSUPD was notified of the robbery nearly an hour after its occurrence, and a search of the area revealed no signs of the suspects.

 The suspects were described by the victims as 4 black males, all about 18-25 years of age with short "crew cut" style haircuts with the exception of one.  The suspect with the stick was described as having shoulder length dreadlock style hair, and wearing a white t-shirt.   The suspect vehicle is described as a tan sedan, possibly a Nissan.  There is currently no further information concerning descriptions of the suspects or the involved vehicle.

 The Florida State University Police Department is actively investigating this case.  If you have any information regarding the suspects, the suspect vehicle, or events surrounding this offense, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850-644-1234.  If you wish to report information anonymously, you can call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.  With Crime Stoppers, you don't have to give your name, just your information, and you can be eligible for a reward of up to one thousand dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

 1. Criminals generally prefer victims who are isolated.  While in this case 2 students were walking together, they were confronted by 4 suspects, which provided a distinct advantage to the suspects.  Students should avoid walking alone at night, and even when walking in pairs, use caution.  The larger the group you walk with, generally the better.

 2. If you are the victim of a crime, it is critical to call police immediately.  The sooner police can respond to an area, the sooner they can set up a search perimeter, notify other agencies, and gather information associated with the crime.

 3. Remember if robbers demand your belongings, your things can be replaced.  Do not risk your personal safety for your things.

 4. Always pay attention to surroundings, and report suspicious persons or circumstances immediately to police.  A good rule of thumb is - when in doubt, have it checked out!

 This information is brought to you as a public service of the Florida State University Police Department, and it intended to assist you with making sound and informed decisions concerning personal 

 

FSU ALERT - Strong Armed Robberies Alumni Village

 The FSU Police Department is investigating 2 strong armed robberies that occurred at about 9:33pm in the Alumni Village.  Earlier information suggested one robbery, but FSUPD is now confirming two. The suspects are described as 4 black males, one of whom is possibly wearing a white shirt.  Descriptions are vague at this time.  No weapons have been seen, but suspects punched one or more victims.  Police are on scene now and searching for suspects and providing services.

 Alumni Village Residents are advised to stay indoors and report any suspicious activitiy immediately to the FSU Police at 644-1234 or by dialing 911.

 Updates will be posted to the FSU Alerts webpsage at alerts.fsu.edu.  Check there for updates.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

 1. Stay indoors this evening of you are an Alumni Village Resident.

 2. Report suspicious activity immediately to police.

 3. If you must go out at night, do not walk alone.

 4. Stay in well lighted and well populated areas if possible.

 5. If you are robbed, remember, things can be replaced.  Do not risk injury to protect property.

 This is provided to you as a service of the FSU Police Department to assist you with making sound personal safety decisions.

 

Crime Prevention Bulletin-Solicitors

A scam is hitting college campuses that involves the sale of magazines. During this scam individuals are entering residence halls surreptitiously and posing as salesmen trying to earn a trip. They might also state that they are doing missionary work and attempting to have their travel to a country of their choice paid for. Many times these individuals have extensive criminal histories and do not work for a legitimate company. These individuals attempt to obtain credit card or other financial information with no intent of filling a magazine order. There are also reports of thefts being committed in residence halls by these individuals.

Generally these individuals are college aged and are granted access to a residence hall by students. Multiple individuals generally work in each residence hall carrying a laminated card with magazine selections on them. These cards might have a business name or permit number on them, but are often simply made up to look real.

If you have any information concerning incidents such as these please contact the FSU Police Department at 850 644 1234. If you wish to report information anonymously, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS. The information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars and you do not have to give your name.

Crime Prevention tips:

1. Immediately report suspicious people and vehicles around your Residence Hall. When in doubt have them checked out!

2. If approached by an individual attempting to sell an item in or around your Residence Hall politely decline and notify the FSU Police.

3. Guard your financial information and only provide it to a trusted source.

This message is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed decisions concerning your safety.

 

 

This message has been approved by David Perry, Chief of FSU Police, for distribution to all students currently taking classes, faculty and staff.

The Florida State University Police Department investigated two robberies during the overnight hours of January 11-12, 2011.

On January 11, 2011 at about 11:44pm, a resident to Alumni Village (graduate student housing about 2 miles south of main campus) had returned home when he was approached by three males near where he parked. The males subsequently held him to the ground, took his belongings and his vehicle. The suspects immediately fled in the vehicle. FSUPD responded and subsequently located the vehicle abandoned by the suspects in a nearby neighborhood. The vehicle was impounded for evidence processing. There were no weapons seen or implied. The student was not injured.

The victim described the males only as "three black males" and was unable to provide a further description.

The second robbery took place on the main campus near the intersection of Chieftain Way and Spirit Way at about 1:50am on January 12, 2011. The victim was riding a motor scooter when he was rear-ended by a black pickup truck. When the victim approached the driver of the pickup truck to exchange information, the driver pulled a pistol and demanded the victim's belongings. The victim stated he had nothing of value and a passenger in the truck exited and took the victim's motor scooter. All the suspects fled. FSU Police intercepted the suspect on the motor scooter as he fled south if campus and arrested him.

Suspect information on the second robbery is limited. The vehicle is described as an older model black pickup truck. The suspects that escaped the scene are described as two black males, wearing black hooded sweatshirts and jeans. The driver who was described as the one with the pistol is described as wearing a black ski mask with the eyes cut out.

The FSU Police Department is continuing investigations on both of these cases. They are not linked at this time due to the differences in locations and manner in which the crimes were committed. Any persons having information that may assist with the investigations is requested to contact the FSU Police Department at 850 644 1234. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS (8477). With Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

  1. Avoid walking alone at night and if you do, stay in well lighted and well traveled areas.
  2. When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  3. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or obvious valuables that may be tempting to a potential robber.
  4. Trust your instincts.
  5. Remember that things can be replaced.
  6. Note suspect characteristics and be prepared to advise the police dispatcher and officers of a description, last direction of travel, and if there are any weapons involved.
  7. Time is critical when attempting to intercept a fleeing suspect.

This information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you with making sound decisions concerning your personal safety.

 


 

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery Main FSU Campus

 On November 26, 2010 at about 4pm, a male not affiliated with FSU reported that he was the victim of an armed robbery near the area of Academic Way and the Hull Drive parking lots. This area is in the extreme northwest portion of the main campus. The victim advised that two males, one of which was armed, approached him and demanded his belongings. The victim gave them his personal property and the males fled. Police responded to the area after the crime was delayed in being reported a half an hour. The suspects were not located.

 The victim described the suspects as follows:

 Suspect 1 - Male, black, 21 to 22 years of age, about 6ft 2in tall, 180 pounds. He was described as wearing a black short sleeve shirt and long black pants. He was also described as having a thin mustache. He was armed with a handgun.

 Suspect 2 - Male, black, 21 to 22 years of age, about 5ft 6in tall, 140 pounds, short hair, wearing a red short sleeve shirt and long black pants.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information concerning events occurring prior to, during, or after this event that may assist with the investigation, please contact the FSUPD at 850 644 1234. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS. With Crime Stoppers, they do not want your name, just your information, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips

 1. Criminals often prefer persons who are isolated to victimize. Walk with a group whenever possible.

 2. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or obvious valuables. These may attract criminals.

 3. Always stay aware of your surroundings, walk with confidence, and actively take in your surroundings as you walk. If you appear alert, this may be enough to discourage a robber.

 4. At night, stay in well lighted areas and around other people.

 5. In the event you are robbed, remember, property can be replaced. Do not resist a robber who is after only your property.

 6. Report any crimes or suspicious activity immediately to police. The faster police can respond to an area, the better the chances of intercepting a suspect. Delays make arrests far more difficult.

 This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making sound and educated personal safety decisions.

 

On September 17, 2010 at about 12:40am, a student was leaving a residence in the 800 Block of Pensacola Street (near the area east of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Pensacola St) when he was approached by four males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the personal belongings of the student and he complied. The student was then told to run away. The suspects are believed to have fled the scene as well at that point. FSU Police and Tallahassee Police searched the immediate and surrounding areas for the suspects but they were not located. The student was not injured during the offense.

 The student described the suspects as follows: Four males, black, all wearing dark or black clothing, and all about 5ft 10in or less in height. One of the suspects who was described as staying back was further described as having short cropped hair with a twist. The suspect who was armed with a handgun was also described as wearing a ski mask.

 The Florida State University Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information regarding this offense, the suspects, or suspicious activity possibly related to this incident, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850 644 1234. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS (8477). Remember, with Crime Stoppers, they do not want your name, just your information, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

 1. Criminals prefer to isolate their intended targets. Walk with a buddy or near groups of people.

 2. Walk in well lighted areas and report any discrepancies (lights out, etc.) to the FSUPD at 644 1234. For any emergency DIAL 911.

 3. If you see any persons that make you suspicious, trust your instincts. Go to a safe place and call police. Remember, when in doubt, have the police check them out!

 4. Avoid carrying obvious valuable items. Criminals may be enticed by valuable property.

 5. Stay aware of your surroundings. Actively survey the area as you walk, and appear alert. Criminals prefer the element of surprise and you may be able to deny them this.

 6. Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return. If you experience an emergency, friends and police will know where to look for you

 7. When parking your car, survey the area before exiting and if you see anyone who makes you feel suspicious, do not get out. Drive away and call police.

 8. Remember, if you are robbed, do not risk your safety to protect belongings. Things can be replaced.

 This bulletin is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to inform you and assist you with making sound personal safety decisions.

 

Crime Bulletin - Sexual Battery - Main FSU Campus

 On August 31, 2010, an FSU student reported that she was the victim of a sexual battery in Wildwood Hall (located near Jefferson Street and Varsity Way) on campus that took place sometime during the early morning hours of August 31. The student advised that she had been out with friends off campus, drank a beverage, and had little to no recollection of anything shortly thereafter. The offense reportedly occurred once the victim was back in her residence hall. The victim was unable to provide any first hand information as to a suspect description. Police are currently investigating this case and attempting to interview any persons who may have information as to events leading up to the offense and any possible suspect information.

 The FSUPD requests that if you have any information regarding this incident, to please contact the FSUPD at 644-1234. If you wish to provide information anonymously, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

 - If you are going out, do not go alone, and always leave with the group you arrived with.

 - Never accept a beverage from anyone and always watch your drink.

 - If you suspect that someone has given you an unknown substance, seek medical attention and call police.

 - If someone is interested in getting to know you better, have them provide you their information.

 - Intoxication reduces your ability to defend yourself or make sound safety decisions.

 - Sexual contact with an incapacitated person is rape.

 This information is provided by the Florida State University Police Department as a public service to assist you in making personal safety decisions.

 

 

CRIME BULLETIN - ARSON - HERITIAGE GROVE AREA OF FSU

On July 24, 2010 at about 7am, a resident at 1939 Heritage Grove reported that a temporary fence that had been constructed for an upcoming social event had been burned down by an unknown person or persons. There is no suspect information available at this time as to who may have committed the offense. No structures were damaged and no persons were injured.

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. Any persons with information regarding this crime are asked to contact the FSUPD at 850 644-1234. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574-TIPS. With Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name, just your information, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

Crime Prevention Tips

  1. Keep an eye out for suspicious persons and activities and report to police immediately.
  2. Always ensure the area around your residence is well lighted at night.
  3. Ask your property manager for assistance and fire safety information is also available through the Tallahassee Fire Department by calling 850-891-6600

CRIME BULLETIN - SEXUAL BATTERY - HERITAGE GROVE AREA OF FSU

 On July 25, 2010 at about 5am in the morning, an FSU student reported that she was the victim of an attempted sexual battery at an apartment building located at 1952 Heritage Grove. The victim reported she was at a party when accosted by an unidentified male. The suspect and victim were reportedly attendees at a party at the location.

 The suspect is described as a white male, 5ft 8in to 6ft tall, thin build, brown hair, and brown eyes. No other descriptive information is available at this time.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. Any persons with information regarding this crime are asked to contact the FSUPD at 850 644-1234. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574-TIPS. With Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name, just your information, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 Crime Prevention Tips

  1. When going to attend a social function whether at a licensed establishment or private residence, always come with friends and leave the activity with the same people you arrived with.
  2. Never leave a drink unattended.
  3. Persons intent on committing a sexual attack will often seek a victim isolated from other people.
  4. Have a safe way home with a sober driver.
  5. For instance, call a friend who is not attending the function and who is sober.
  6. Avoid over indulgence in alcoholic beverages.

This message is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making sound personal safety decisions.

 

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery Main FSU Campus

 On June 11, 2010 at about 12:30am, 2 persons, one an FSU student and the other a former student, were robbed in the Degraff Hall parking lot. The two people had just entered a vehicle to leave the area when they were approached by two suspects. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the driver of the car and demanded their belongings. The victims complied and the suspects fled north off of campus. The victims were not injured during the incident.

 Suspect Information:

  1. No other descriptive information was available.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information concerning this incident or suspects, please contact the FSU Police Department at 644-1234. If you wish to report information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. With Crime Stoppers, you do not have to give your name, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

 

Crime Prevention Tips:

 1. Criminals prefer to isolate their intended targets. Walk with a buddy or near groups of people whenever possible.

2. Walk in well lighted areas and report any discrepancies (lights out, etc.) to the FSUPD at 644-1234.

 3. If you see any persons that make you suspicious, trust your instincts. Go to a safe place and call police. Remember, when in doubt, have the police check them out!

 4. Avoid carrying obvious valuable items. Criminals may be enticed by valuable property.

 5. Stay aware of your surroundings. Actively survey the area as you walk, and appear alert. Criminals prefer the element of surprise and you may be able to deny them this.

 6. Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return. If you experience an emergency, friends and police will know where to look for you.

 This information is brought to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department to advise you of important crime information on campus and to assist you with making sound personal safety decisions.

 

Crime Bulletin: Burglaries at Heritage Grove

Between April 30, 2010 and May 12, 2010 there have been six reported burglaries at the Heritage Grove complex. These burglaries have occurred while occupants were present as well as unoccupied. No residents have been threatened or injured by burglars.

There are no known suspects at this time.

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating these cases. If you have any information concerning these crimes or involved suspects, please contact the FSU Police Department immediately at 850 644 1234. If you wish to report information anonymously, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS. The information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars and you do not have to give your name.

Crime Prevention tips:

1. If you return home and suspect a break in, DO NOT enter your home. Get to a safe place and call 911immediatley and wait for Police.

2. Do not pursue suspects. This may cause a desperate criminal to use force and cause injury. Some suspects may carry weapons! Allow Police to respond and cordon off the area.

3. Always be sure to lock all doors and windows prior to going out. Always check and do not assume they are locked.

4. Get in a habit of locking doors and windows while you’re home as well.

5. Get to know your neighbors. Neighbors who know when you will be home or away will more likely know when something suspicious is going on.

6. Immediately report suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood. When in doubt have them checked out!

This message is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed decisions concerning your safety.

 
Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery FSU Main Campus Bike Trail

 On May 2, 2010 at about 7:15pm, an FSU student was robbed on the bike trail located between Chapel Drive and Heritage Grove. The student was approached by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The males demanded the victim's belongings and the he complied. The suspects then fled and the victim went to his home and called police. The victim was not injured during the incident.

 Suspect Descriptions:

 The victim provided police the following information.

 Suspect 1 - Male, black, about 6 ft tall, about 200 pounds, wearing a head scarf (black in color), and no facial hair. Suspect was wearing a light colored t-shirt and basketball style shorts of an unknown color. Suspect was estimated at 20 to 25 years of age. Suspect was armed with a handgun.

 Suspect 1 - Male, black, shorter than suspect 1, basketball style shorts, and short hair and similar in age to suspect 1. Description of suspect 2 much less detailed.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information concerning this crime or involved suspects, please contact the FSU Police Department immediately at 850 644 1234. If you wish to report information anonymously, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS. The information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars and you do not have to give your name.

 Crime Prevention tips:

 1. Criminals often seek victims who are alone or isolated. Traveling or walking in groups reduces the risk of being targeted by a criminal.

 2. If you are the victim of a crime, call police as soon as it is safe to do so. The best chance of catching a fleeing suspect is immediately following a crime.

 3. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. In the event that you are late returning, someone may be able to summon help to look for you.

 4. Always pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid texting, talking on the phone, or listening to music while walking, especially if you are by yourself. Deny criminals a chance to sneak up on you.

 5. Always report suspicious persons or incidents immediately to police. When in doubt, have police check it out.

 This message is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you in making informed decisions concerning your safety.

 

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery Main FSU Campus

 On May 1, 2010 at about 1:15am, a person not affiliated with FSU reported that an individual attempted to rob her in the Degraff Hall parking lot. The victim was entering her vehicle when a male approached her and demanded her belongings. The suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun. The victim fled and no items were taken. The victim was not injured.

 Suspect Information:

 Male, black, height 5 ft 7 in, clean shaven, last seen wearing a black shirt, black shorts with red boxer shorts visible, and wearing a black dew rag. Armed with a handgun.

 The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Any person with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the FSU Police Department at 850 644 1234. Persons who wish to report information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers at 850 574 TIPS. The information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars, and you do not have to provide your name.

 Crime Prevention Tips:

 The following tips may be used on or off campus.

 1. Criminals often prefer to isolate their victims. Avoid walking alone at night or becoming isolated. Traveling in a group reduces risk of becoming the victim of a crime.

 2. Always focus on surroundings and people. If a person or situation appears suspicious, contact police immediately. When in doubt, have the police check it out!

 3. Park your vehicle in well lighted areas. If you park during daylight, but expect to return at night, look for lights in the parking lot. If there are none, the parking lot may be dark upon your return.

 4. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. This can help alert someone if something is wrong and you are late.

 5. Keep your vehicle in good working order to avoid becoming stranded.

 This crime bulletin is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department to help you make informed decisions concerning your safety.

 

Crime Bulletin Robbery Main FSU Campus

On 04-23-10 at about 6pm, an FSU student was walking on University Way near the intersection of Honors Way when three males in a vehicle pulled up next to him. After conversing with the victim, one of the males snatched an MP3 player from the students hand and the vehicle drove off. No weapons were shown or implied and the student was not injured.

The victim described the suspects as follows:

Suspect 1 (Driver) Male, black, in his early 20s, dark skin tone, short hair with light facial hair, wearing dark clothing.

Suspect 2 (Front Seat Passenger) Male, black, in his early 20s, dark skin tone, hair is shoulder length dreads, light facial hair, wearing dark clothing.

Suspect 3 (Rear Seat Passenger) Male, black, in his early 20s, dark skin tone, short hair, clean shaven, wearing dark clothing that included a possibly dark or black polo style shirt.

Suspect Vehicle: Black PT Cruiser with tinted windows. No other information available.

The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have information concerning this crime, please contact the FSUPD at 850-644-1234. If you wish to provide information and remain anonymous, you can call CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS. You do not have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars.

Crime Prevention Tips

  1. You can be helpful, but safe too.
  2. Trust your instincts and contact police as soon as possible.
  3. Remember, if you are carrying expensive items, jewelry, or obvious cash, criminals may find these attractive items to steal.
  4. They can be replaced, you cannot.
  5. Remember Blue Light Emergency Phones are direct connections to the FSUPD.

This Crime Bulletin is provided as a public service of the FSU Police Department to help you make informed personal safety decisions.

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery Main FSU Campus

4/17/10 1:50AM - Copeland / Call Streets

On April 17, 2010 at about 1:50am, the Tallahassee Police Department and the FSU Police Department responded to a report on an armed robbery that occurred near the intersection of Copeland Street and Call Street (Fine Arts Building). An FSU student had been approached by 2 males, one of whom threatened the student with a knife. The males demanded the student's belongings. The student complied and the suspects fled. The student was not injured.

 

Suspect Descriptions:

Suspect 1 - male, black, 40-50 years of age, wearing dark shirt and dark pants, armed with a knife.

Suspect 2 - male, black, young appearing, wearing dark clothing.

 

The Tallahassee Police Department is actively investigating this case. Any person having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 or the FSU Police Department at 644-1234. Anonymous information can be provided via Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS.

Prevention Tips:

 

1. Avoid walking alone at night and stay in well lighted areas.

2. If you think you are being followed, call police immediately and get to a place with other people.

3. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables.

4. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

5. If confronted by a robber, remember that property can be replaced. Do not risk your safety to defend items.

6. Always report suspicious people or circumstances immediately to police.

 

 

 

 

**Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery Main FSU campus****FALSE REPORT**

Posted by glopez on 04/05/10

On April 3, 2010 at about 9:55pm a student was approached by a male at the Pensacola Street pedestrian tunnel near the football stadium. The male was armed with a knife and demanded the student's belongings. Before the student could comply, other people approached the area and the suspect fled. Police searched the area and the suspect was not located. The student was not hurt. Information concerning this offense has not been linked to the robbery reported on April 2, 2010 at the FSU Circus parking lot.

Suspect Description: Male, black, wearing a black shirt and black pants, about 6 ft 1 inch tall, thin build, dark complexion, in his early 20's, with short hair. Armed with a knife.

 

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Avoid walking alone at night and if you must, stay in well lighted areas.

2. Pay attention to your surroundings and report suspicious persons to police immediately.

3. Note locations of Blue Light Emergency Phones and use them any time you need police assistance.

4. Avoid carrying large sums of cash, jewelry, and valuables.

5. If you are confronted by a robber remember that your safety is paramount. Things can be replaced. Do not resist when a robber demands your property.

6. For a free ride on campus a night, call 644-SAFE or use a Blue Light Phone for the Student Alert Force Escort bus.

 

This information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department to assist you with making sound decisions related to your safety.

FSU Police Department 644 1234

ALL EMERGENCIES 911

If you wish to provide information anonymously, you may contact CrimeStoppers at 574-TIPS. Your information leading to an arrest may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars and you do not have to give your name.

 

Crime Bulletin Armed Robbery

Posted by glopez on 04/05/10

On April 2, 2010 at about 10:10pm, the FSUPD responded to a report of an armed robbery in the FSU Circus parking lot. This is near the area of Chieftain Way and Pensacola Street. A student was approached by a male armed with a handgun who demanded the student's belongings. The student complied and the suspect fled the area. The student was not hurt. Police searched the area and did not make contact with a potential suspect.

Suspect Description: Male, black, about 6 ft tall, in his 20's, wearing black pants, black jacket, thin build, with some facial hair. Armed with handgun. Last direction of travel is unknown.

 

Crime Prevention Tips:

1. Avoid walking alone at night and if you must, stay in well lighted areas.

2. Pay attention to your surroundings and report suspicious persons to police immediately.

3. Note locations of Blue Light Emergency Phones and use them any time you need police assistance.

4. Avoid carrying large sums of cash, jewelry, and valuables.

5. If you are confronted by a robber remember that your safety is paramount. Things can be replaced. Do not resist when a robber demands your property.

6. For a free ride on campus a night, call 644-SAFE or use a Blue Light Phone for the Student Alert Force Escort bus.

This information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department to assist you with making sound decisions related to your safety.

 

FSU Police Department 644 1234

ALL EMERGENCIES 911

 

If you wish to provide information anonymously, you may contact CrimeStoppers at 574-TIPS. Your information leading to an arrest may make you eligible for a reward of up to 1000 dollars and you do not have to give your name.

 

Posted by mpohto on 02/06/09

This message has been approved by David Perry, Chief of FSU Police, for distribution to all students currently taking classes, faculty and staff.

 

Crime Bulletin Update

Suspect Arrested and Jailed

The Florida State University Police Department announced today that is has completed the investigation into the sexual battery reported at Strozier Library on the FSU campus that occurred on Oct. 31, 2008. Police advised they are naming suspect Haywood Henry and are delivering probable cause paperwork to the Leon County Jail where Henry is currently being held on other charges, based on a Leon County Sheriffs Office investigation. Henry is charged with Sexual Battery by Threats, a first degree felony.

This case has been a top priority of the FSU Police Department and it has had a far reaching impact concerning our sense of safety and security on campus. We are happy that we can ensure that Mr. Henry is brought to justice for his crime and we hope that somehow this charge will bring some peace to the survivor who was so brutally attacked. Form the initial processing of the crime scene, to the follow-up investigation, to the communication with our fellow law enforcement agencies, the pieces of this puzzle came together. We are thankful to the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriffs Office, the State Attorneys Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their professionalism and continuing open lines of communication with the FSUPD.

 

 

BURGLARY

Posted by mpohto on 01/30/09
 

On Thursday, January 29th at about 5:20 a.m., an FSU student who was asleep in their apartment woke up to find two males inside the apartment's living room. The males appeared to be intoxicated, took several video game items, and left. The resident was not harmed.

 

The suspects were decribed as follows:

  • Suspect 1 White male, about 6-3 in height, medium build, wearing a long sleeve shirt, khaki shorts and boat shoes.
  • Suspect 2 White male about 6-3 in height, wearing a dark blue short sleeve Polo shirt, khaki shorts, flip flops and a baseball cap.

 

The Florida State University Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information concerning this crime, contact the FSU Police Department at 644-1234. You may also report information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 574-TIPS. CrimeStoppers tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

 

The FSUPD would like to provide the following tips:

  1. Always lock your doors and windows at night.
  2. Never open the door for an unexpected visitor or strangers.
  3. Ensure that porch lights are in working order and turned on at night.
  4. Do not block your doors peep-hole with decorations.
  5. Always report suspicious people in the neighborhood immediately to police.
  6. For more prevention tips, contact the FSU Police Department Crime Prevention Section at 644-1388 or 644-3660.

 

 

Graffiti Threat to FSU Campus Library

Posted by cfender on 01/22/09

CRIME BULLETIN – Graffiti Threat to FSU Campus Library The Tallahassee Police Department is currently investigating a report of a graffiti message written on the wall of a local restaurant where the writer threatened an FSU library on the FSU campus on February 1st. The FSU Police Department is working closely with TPD and is receiving information updates on this case. Much of the information is investigative in nature and cannot be publicly shared. Current information indicates that there is NO apparent danger or immediate or imminent threat to campus. Nevertheless, the FSUPD is working closely with library staff and is developing and implementing plans for enhanced security to ensure that normal campus operations can continue. A police preventive response is moving forward out of an abundance of caution. The FSU community will be updated if there is a positive resolution to the TPD investigation, or if there are pertinent status changes to the case that can be shared publicly. At this time, students and staff do not need to change plans, avoid library facilities, or modify activities. General Prevention Tips Attention to people and surroundings is good advice anytime. The tips below can help you identify persons who may need to be checked out by police.

  1. A person appearing nervous, pacing, or staring intently at a building or group of people.
  2. A person acting in a disorderly manner.
  3. A person entering an unauthorized area or appearing to be “lost”.
  4. A person dressed inappropriately for weather conditions, such as heavy clothing on a warm day.
  5. If you feel a person or persons are suspicious, call police immediately at 644-1234 or dial 911.

 If you have any information concerning this case and would like to share with police, contact the FSU Police Department at 850-644-1234 or the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200.

 

 

Winter Holiday Crime Alert

Posted by cfender on 12/12/08
 

CRIME BULLETIN – We are rapidly coming up on the Winter Holidays, and soon the semester will be over. 60,000 students from FSU, FAMU, and TCC will be out of school for the holidays. Additionally, many FSU employees will be taking a break before the spring semester also. Many will head out of town for the holidays. Unfortunately, many criminals are about to begin their busiest time of year, breaking into cars and buildings to steal whatever valuables they can find. Florida State University Police are offering a few tips to help FSU students, staff, and faculty take precautions now, which may prevent criminal activities in their absence.

With simple advance planning, you can decrease the opportunities for a criminal to victimize you.

If you live on campus, ensure that your room or apartment is secure when you leave. Lock all doors and windows. Avoid leaving messages on your answering machine or door stating how long you will be gone. Consider taking valuables, such as laptop computers, home with you for the holidays. If you live in a building that will be completely vacant for the break, turn the lights out when you leave. Immediately report any security discrepancies in your residence hall or apartment building to University Housing, Property management, or FSUPD. FSUPD offers “extra protection” services for campus residents who are away. Simply call the FSUPD and ask for the service. Our dispatchers will gather the necessary information from you for officers who will check on your home in your absence.

If you will be out of your office for the break, be sure to lock your office door when you leave. Secure office equipment in locked cabinets or drawers wherever possible, and take personal valuables home. Consider contacting the FSUPD for “extra protection” checks if you feel your work area is vulnerable. Ensure that the FSUPD has updated alarm “call out person” information, and confirm alarms are working properly. If you notice any locks in disrepair, or security discrepancies in your building, report them immediately to FSU maintenance, and also contact FSUPD Crime Prevention if you have a security concern.

If you must return to your office during the break, consider calling FSUPD before hand to inform the patrol staff, and have your FSU card at hand for easy identification. Officers will be on continual patrol during the break and will walk through buildings on a regular basis. If you must enter an alarmed area during the break, make sure you have the proper authorization and alarm codes to be in the area. As always, do not prop doors.

If you use an “Out of Office Reply” on your computer, do not give specific dates of when you will be gone from the office. Do not post similar messages on your door or voicemail, this gives thieves information they do not need!

Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy before you undertake a long trip. Check fluid levels and tire pressure. Learn how to change a flat tire. Carry a cell phone, if you have one, in case of emergencies. Even cell phones without a service provider will allow you to dial “911” in an emergency. Plan your travel route prior to leaving, and notify a contact person about your route, destination, and departure times. Each year, worried family members request FSU Police to look around campus for students who haven’t arrived at their expected destinations on time. Most often this is a result of miscommunication from the traveler. Once you’ve reached your destination, park in well-lit areas if possible. Lock your car, and don’t leave purses, luggage, packages or other valuables in plain sight.

If you leave your bicycle on campus, make sure it is locked to a bicycle rack or other approved bicycle parking area with an approved (tamper- and cut-resistant) locking device. Engrave your bicycles with personal identifying information, such as your driver’s license number, and record the brand and serial number to be stored with other such information. Register your bikes with FSUPD to help recover your bike in the event of theft.

In public, don’t carry large amounts of cash. Keep track of credit card slips and carbons until you can shred them. Beware of people asking unusual questions about your accounts. Beware of “shoulder surfers” at ATMs.

Don’t leave personal or valuable items alone or unattended, even momentarily. Be careful of strange situations. If you are uncomfortable or feel like something is wrong, get away from the situation and notify law enforcement. Keep your guard up and maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times. If something feels wrong, it probably is! If you are the victim of a robbery or other crime, don’t try to defend your property with your life. Only resist if you are certain you can effectively deter the crime. Be the best witness you can be, and call law enforcement to report the crime.

 

 

 

Robbery

 Posted by cfender on 11/11/08
 

On November 11, 2008 at about 1am in the Student Union, two male FSU students were approached by a man claiming to be a veteran and advising them that he needed their money. After stating this several times, the man said that he was telling them, not asking them for the money. The students then opened their wallets and allowed the man to take some cash. The man then left. No weapons were seen or implied, and no force was used in the taking of the money. The students were not injured. The incident appears to involve an aggressive panhandler who crossed the line into a criminal act. Police are investigating. Contact FSUPD if you have any information regarding this incident.

 

Suspect Description:

 

Male/Black, Age: late 30’s to early 40’s, Height 5’09” to 5’10”, last seen wearing a black beanie, black jacket, and dark pants.

 

SAFETY TIPS

 

  • Avoid walking late at night
  • If you are out late, use the buddy system.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Use the SAFE Escort service at 644-SAFE for a free, safe ride on campus.
  • If you are robbed, do not resist to protect property. Things can be replaced. Get a good description for police.
  • If you see a suspicious person or incident, call police IMMEDIATELY.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

 

  • All Emergencies 911
  • FSU Police 644-1234
  • Crime Stoppers – 574-TIPS

 

 

 

Robbery

Posted by cfender on 11/10/08

CRIME BULLETIN – The following information is provided regarding an unconfirmed completed offense on campus. Campus remains under normal operating conditions. Please note information in this bulletin to as you may be a witness to a crime. Police are currently investigating an no immediate or imminent threat to campus is noted. This message is a crime bulletin and is not an FSU Emergency Alert.

ROBBERY – AGGRAVATED BATTERY

November 10, 2008 At about 9:18 a.m. an FSU student advised that she was robbed on the FSU campus. The student advised that as she was walking, she was struck in the head by an unknown person with an unidentified object. Her purse was taken. The student sought safety in the Student Services Building (Parking Garage 2). FSU Police responded and an investigation is underway. Police currently do not have a suspect description or location of the offense. If you have any information regarding suspicious events or persons possible related to this crime, contact FSUPD at 644-1234.

 

Crime TIPS

  • Always pay attention to your surroundings
  • Never carry large sums of cash, jewelry, or expensive electronics that may attract a robber
  • If confronted by a robber, do not resist giving away your property – your safety is paramount.
  • Contact Police anytime you see a person you feel is suspicious – When in doubt, check him out!

 

Contact numbers:

  • FSU Police – 644-1234
  • Crime Stoppers – 574-TIPS
  • All Emergencies – 911

 

FSUPD will provide a more detailed Crime Bulletin when possible.

 

 

Sexual Battery Update

Posted by cfender on 11/07/08

The FSU Police Department is releasing a composite sketch of the suspect in the below described crime. If you have any information regarding this person, or think you have seen this person, contact the FSU Police Department immediately at 644-1234. If you see this person, do not confront him, but call police right away.

 

SUSPECT COMPOSITE

Male/Black, 5’8”-5’10”, medium build, dark complexion, 18-19 years of age

Last seen wearing sky blue hoodie with waist high pockets and blue jeans.

Hair – short twisted braids

In the early afternoon hours of October 31, 2008, an FSU employee was working on the fourth floor of Strozier Library when she was approached by a male. The male indicated to the employee that he had a weapon, but never produced said weapon. He then forced her to the floor where he sexually assaulted her. Police responded quickly and determined that the suspect had fled.

FSUPD is actively looking for information related to this incident. If you have any information telephone FSUPD at (850) 644-1234 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-8477.

 

 

Sexual Battery

Posted by cfender on 10/31/08

CRIME BULLETIN – In the early afternoon hours of October 31, 2008, an FSU employee was working on the fourth floor of Strozier Library when she was approached by a male. The male indicated to the employee that he had a weapon, but never produced said weapon. He then forced her to the floor where he sexually assaulted her. Police responded quickly and determined that the suspect had fled.

The suspect was described as follows:

Male/black, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” in height with a medium build. The male had short twisted style braids in his hair and he appeared to be 18-19 years of age. He was last seen wearing a hoodie style sky blue sweater with waist height pockets and dark colored jeans.

FSUPD is actively looking for information related to this incident. If you have any information telephone FSUPD at (850) 644-1234 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-8477.

 

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Report suspicious activity immediately to FSUPD, TPD or LCSO
  • Trust your instincts
  • Avoid suspicious persons or situations
  • When in doubt call the police (911)
  • FSU Police Department 644-1234
  • Tallahassee Police Department 891-4200
  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office 922-3300
  • Stay in well-lit and well populated areas
  • Use the SAFE Bus, StarMetro, or Night Nole
  • If you are suspicious of a approaching vehicle or person create some distance and prepare to react (Run and Yell for Help)
  • Be a good witness. Note a vehicle description or suspect descriptionConsider taking a self defense class. Try FSUPD’s RAD (Rape Agression Defense) Program.
  • CRIME STOPPERS – 574-TIPS

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Posted by cfender on 10/27/08

Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no real "trick" to making Halloween a real treat. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. So, think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.

When Driving:
Watch for people darting out from between parked cars. Watch for people walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

While you’re out:
Plan and discuss the route you intend to follow. Never travel alone. Use the buddy system. Travel only in familiar areas and along an established route. Establish a return time and tell someone not traveling with you what it is. Be sure someone knows what your plans are and when you are due home. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.

Costumes:
If you’re out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips reflective tape should be used to make you more visible. Masks can obstruct a child's vision. Use facial make-up instead. If masks are worn they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes. Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.

Think before you drink:
Have a plan and stick to it. Have a designated driver that is not consuming alcohol available. Take advantage of the NightNole and S.A.F.E. if you become intoxicated and can not drive. Never ride with an intoxicated friend. You decide how much you drink, not your friends

 

 

Auto Burglaries

Posted by cfender on 10/17/08

CRIME BULLETIN – Over the past few weeks several auto burglaries have occurred on campus. A large portion of the burglaries have occurred in the Parking Garages during the day time hours. In the majority of the cases the suspects are breaking vent windows to gain entry and then stealing anything of value.

During this rash of burglaries, the FSUPD is offering the following tips to lessen the chances of being victimized:

  • Do not leave valuable items visible in you car.
    Items like C.D. players, G.P.S. units, laptop computers, large amounts of change, backpacks, gym bags, wallets and cellular telephones in plain sight make your car a target. So, if you must leave valuable items in your car place them out of sight before reaching your destination. Small items go well in lockable glove boxes or center consoles. Larger items go well in a locked trunk.
  • Leave no trace.
    Make sure items like G.P.S. or Satellite Radio docking stations aren’t left in plain sight. This lets a burglar know these items are probably hidden in your car.
  • Try to park in busy well lit areas.
    Large anonymous lots are hit by thieves much more often than parking immediately adjacent to residential housing or other occupied buildings. On a busy campus, day or night, picking your parking spot is easier said than done, but try to choose a well-lit and visible parking spot where there is lots of vehicular and pedestrian movement when possible. Auto-burglars prefer cars where they will not observed or attract notice and choose their targets accordingly.
  • Lock your vehicle doors.
    It's not at all uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked. Remember it only takes a second for someone to steal your stuff. So, no matter if you are leaving your vehicle for a short period of time lock all of your doors.

 

Remember if you make it more difficult for the criminal they will most likely move on to an easier target or not commit the crime.

If you have any information about this incident or the suspect(s), please contact the FSU Police Department at 644-1234 (off campus) or 3-1-1 (on campus). In an emergency, DIAL 911. You may also contact Crime$toppers at 574-TIPS. Your information may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000, and you can remain anonymous. You may also leave anonymous information via Silent Witness on the FSUPD website at police.fsu.edu.