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Crime happens. Even on the safest campus. Capital University takes safety seriously. And we believe that keeping yourself informed about possible safety issues on or near campus is one of the best things you can do to help keep yourself safe. That's why we created the Campus Safety Bulletin. Anytime something happens on or near campus that we think is cause for concern, we'll post it here. We hope this information, as well as our safety tips, helps you make safe choices and helps keep Capital safe for everyone.Anyone with information warranting the timely warning of a crime should report the situation to Public Safety at (614) 236-6666.
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014, about 3:20 pm
Location: In the area of Plymouth and Dawson avenues, in BexleyIncident: Suspicious Person/VehicleBexley Police received a call about a suspicious person and vehicle in the area of Plymouth Avenue and Dawson avenues, in Central Bexley, north of Capital's campus. According to police, the caller reported that a heavyset black male, possibly in his 30s, driving a light green Kia with the license plate number of FBF5543, stopped and asked her for directions. The caller stated that she noticed that the male was committing a lewd act inside the vehicle as he spoke to her. Officers responded to the area within minutes, but did not find the vehicle. If you see a vehicle matching this description, call Bexley Police at 614-559-4444 or Capital Police at 614-236-6666.
You can also text a crime tip to Capital Police using EyeWitness, a free text-message crime reporting system connected directly to Capital University Police Dispatch. Standard text messaging rates apply, but there is no cost to use the system. Any time, day or night, you can use EyeWitness to text a crime tip to campus police. Here's how:
You don't have to be on campus for it to work. Even if you live off campus and in Bexley, your crime tip will be shared with the appropriate police department.
Date: January 23, 2014, 9:08 pm
Location: Stanwood Road and Delmar Avenue, in North BexleyIncident: Homicide InvestigationBexley Police are investigating the shooting death of Rudolph Edward-Anthony Calmese Jr., of Columbus. On Monday, January 23, at about 9 pm, Bexley and Columbus police responded to a call about a shooting near the intersection of North Stanwood Road and Delmar Avenue on the far north side of Bexley. Calmese was identified as the victim and taken to Grant Medical Center, where he died at 5:25 am Tuesday, January 24. The investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding this crime should call Bexley Police Department at 614-559-4444. Anyone with information about campus crime and safety should call Capital police at 236-6666.
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6 am
Location: Harry C. Moores Student UnionIncident: Water Main BreakA major water main break in the Harry C. Moores Student Union has closed the southeast entrance and southeast portion of the first floor. The southeast entrance is near the tennis courts.The Office of Facilities Management is working to repair damage to offices damaged by water. The building will remain open for dining and other activities, but please avoid the southeast side of the first floor.
Tips for Staying Safe in Sub-Zero Weather
Capital University's Center for Health Wellness has compiled several resources to help you keep yourself safe in dangerously cold conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following guidelines for practicing outdoor safety and for identifying and treating frostbite.
When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips below to protect your health and safety.Dress Warmly and Stay DryAdults and children should wear:
Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.Avoid Frostbite and HypothermiaWhen exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.Avoid ExertionCold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.Understand Wind ChillThe Wind Chill index is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. It is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold. As the speed of the wind increases, it can carry heat away from your body much more quickly, causing skin temperature to drop. When there are high winds, serious weather-related health problems are more likely, even when temperatures are only cool.
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:
A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb. What to DoIf you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:
These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider. It is a good idea to take a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course to prepare for cold-weather health problems. Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 11:55 am
Location: East Main Street at Parkview AvenueIncident: Armed Robbery
Police have given the all-clear. The suspect likely has left the area. If you have any information regarding this or other safety and security issues, please contact Capital University Police at 236-6666.
Bexley Police are investigating an armed robbery reported today at 11:55 am at East Main Street and Parkview Avenue near Capital's Bexley campus. Police are searching the area for a suspect described as a black male in his mid- to late-20s, 5 foot 6, with dreadlocks, wearing a gray hoodie and red shoes and carrying a purple lunch bag. According to initial reports the suspect approached an individual walking along Main Street and robbed her at gun point before taking off on foot toward the east. As always, use caution, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Capital University police at 6666.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2013, at 6:10 pm
Location: 900 block of Sheridan Avenue, in Bexley
Incident: Armed robbery
Police are searching for two black males and one white male in a dark two-door Hyundai or Honda in connection with an armed robbery reported this evening in the 900 block of Sheridan Avenue, near Capital University's Bexley campus. According to police, the suspects were armed with a shotgun and approached a Capital University student, stole his cash, and then returned to the car and headed north on Sheridan toward Main Street. No injuries were reported, and no further details or descriptions are available at this time. The investigation continues. If you have any information about this or any other campus safety issue, please call Capital Police Department at 236-6666.
Locations: Sheridan Avenue and Village Creek Drive, BexleyIncident: Vehicle Break-Ins, TheftPolice are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles and one stolen car in the south Bexley area during the last week. According to police, three vehicles were broken into and one was stolen from Village Creek Drive, and another three were broken into along Sheridan Avenue. In all cases, electronic devices and spare change have been taken.To avoid becoming a victim, police advise that you:
Crime prevention requires widespread involvement for it to succeed. The ultimate goal of the Department of Public Safety is to provide a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty and staff. If you have information about these or other campus safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 236-6666.
Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
We are sharing this information with you for your awareness and to provide you with information that will help you make smart, informed decisions about your health and safety. Capital University police are issuing a cautionary reminder to students about the risks of drinking heavily, becoming separated from friends, and going places with people you don't know and trust. Police have been dispatched in the last month to investigate several incidents related to heavy drinking.In two separate cases, students took the party bus from Capital to an area bar, where they were drinking, met someone outside of their group, and became separated from their friends. In one incident, the student reported blacking out and not being able to remember most of the night. The other incident involves an alleged sexual assault that is reported to have occurred in the bar after the student became separated from friends. Columbus Police are investigating.September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Here are some important steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim:
Incident: Suspicious Person/Burglary
Police are looking for this individual (pictured on the right), who was encountered in Yochum Hall acting suspiciously about 12:30 pm today. Public Safety was notified.
At 1:55 pm, the individual was seen entering Lohman Complex by following a student in the door. Moments later, a female student surprised him in her residence hall room. The suspect ran from the room taking the student's backpack, wallet and other items. The suspect is a black male wearing a gray T-shirt, jeans and a dark Chicago White Sox cap.
No weapons were displayed. If you see this individual, call Public Safety immediately at 236-6666.
Columbus police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Willie Casie early Thursday morning at a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus stop in the 2000 block of E. Main Street between Nelson Road and Alum Creek Drive and across from Kroger.No one from the Capital University community is believed to be involved. No arrests have been made, and there is no apparent motive for the shooting. The immediate threat to campus safety is over, according to Capital police. Main Street between Nelson and Alum Creek remains closed at this time.
Location: Corner of Alum Creek Drive and Main Street near Bexley campusIncident: HomicideColumbus Police are investigating a homicide in front of Kroger at the corner of Alum Creek Drive and Main Street near Capital's Bexley campus. According to police the suspect, described as a black male wearing a red muscle shirt, fled the scene was last seen running north. The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. Please avoid the area and call 911 if you see someone matching that description.
Location: Alum Creek Drive near the Bexley CampusIncident: Columbus Police Search for Suspect
Police cleared the area shortly after 1 pm. It is safe to resume normal activity.
Columbus Police are searching for a suspect who ran from a traffic stop on Alum Creek Drive north of Main Street near Capital University's Bexley campus at about 12:30 pm Tuesday, August 20. The suspect is described as a white male wearing jeans and no shirt. Please avoid the area. No additional information is available at this time. If you have information regarding this or other safety issues, please contact Capital University Police at 236-6666.
Location: 150 Jefferson Ave., Downtown Columbus, near the Law SchoolIncident: Reported rape, attempted abductionColumbus Division of Police is investigating a reported rape and attempted abduction at 150 Jefferson Ave. According to police, the incident occurred at approximately 8:45 am. The victim reported being grabbed and taken into the suspect's van where she was raped. The suspect is described as a black male, 35-40 years old, 6 feet tall with a beard, wearing a blue striped shirt and driving a tan minivan with two bench seats in the back. No other information is available at this time and no arrests have been made. No Capital University students or employees are believed to be involved.If you have information regarding this or or any other safety matter, please call Columbus police at 645-4545 or Capital University police at 236-6666.
Location: East Main Street between College Avenue and Park Drive, Bexley Incident: Suspicious PersonA female Capital University student reported she was walking west along East Main Street at about 7:30 pm Sunday, June 30, when a man traveling east in a large white pickup truck called to her. According to the report, the man turned his truck around and followed the student to a nearby parking lot and asked the student if she wanted a ride. The student ran toward a nearby residential area, and the driver took off and left the area. Police were unable to locate the truck or driver, who is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, weighing approximately 200 pounds with shoulder-length, curly, sandy-blond hair and a tan. Please call Public Safety at 236-6666 if you have information about this or any other University safety matter.
Four Capital University buildings were evacuated at about 9 am Wednesday, May 22, while Capital University Police and Columbus Fire Department contained a ruptured gas line at the southwest corner of The Capital Center, an athletic facility located at Mound Street and Pleasant Ridge Avenue on Capital's Bexley campus.About 200 people were evacuated as a precaution from The Capital Center and nearby classroom buildings Ruff Memorial Learning Center, Troutman Hall and Battelle Hall as crews located and shut off the gas valve. Pleasant Ridge Avenue was temporarily closed between Main and Mound streets and Mound Street was temporarily closed from Pleasant Ridge Avenue to Francis Avenue. The situation was mostly contained by 9:45 am as crews did their final sweep through the affected buildings to ensure they were safe.Normal campus operation resumed at 10 am.
Gas Leak near The Capital CenterFour Capital University buildings on the northeast corner of campus have been evacuated while Capital University Police and Columbus Fire Department contain a ruptured gas line at the southwest corner of The Capital Center, an athletic facility located at Mound Street and Pleasant Ridge Avenue on Capital's Bexley campus. Do not use lighters, cell phones or open flames in the area until further notice.About 200 people have been evacuated as a precaution from The Capital Center and nearby classroom buildings Ruff Memorial Learning Center, Troutman Hall and Battelle Hall as crews locate and shut off the gas valve. Pleasant Ridge Avenue was temporarily closed between Main and Mound streets and Mound Street was temporarily closed from Pleasant Ridge Avenue to Francis Avenue. Drivers should take Euclaire as an alternate route.
Ohio State University Police issued the following notice to its community members regarding a possible safety threat to its Columbus campus. Because of Capital University's proximity to OSU and the likelihood that some in our community have occasion to be on the OSU campus we wanted to share this with you. Please be assured we are not aware of any related threats to our campus. This advisory is specific to the Ohio State University. As always, if you have information or concerns about a safety matter, please call Capital's Public Safety Department at 236-6666. ________________________________________Dear OSU Community Member:You are receiving this notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community and to heighten your safety awareness.The purpose of this notice is to provide community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to protect yourself and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.Unless specifically stated, this notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.Public Safety NoticeCampus Area, Off Campus Area, Medical Center, Academic Area, Residence HallsDate:2013-4-7Alert Code:2013-3The following crime ocurred on campus:The Ohio State University Police Division has information, originating from a chat site, that referenced a potential threat of shooting or explosive violence focused on a 'cafeteria' or other unspecified area of campus on Monday (04/08/2013) on The Ohio State University Columbus campus. We are taking this information seriously and continue to aggressively investigate. We will have extra police and security presence on and around campus dining facilities. We have the assistance of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This information is being sent so that the university community is aware and to ask assistance in reporting any suspicious persons, behavior or packages today or in the future. We take this opportunity to remind everyone: If you See Something, Say Something -- dial 9-1-1 in an emergency or 292-2121 to reach the Police Division's non-emergency line. At this point, we do not know if this new information is related to the threat received last week. Updates will be posted on: http://emergency.osu.edu Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 292-2121 or Columbus Police, 645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 247-TIPS.
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013, between 11:50 am and 12:09 pm
Location: 800 block of Village Creek Drive, Bexley Incident: Burglary/Robbery
Franklin County Sex Offender Registry Notification Be aware that Jose Francisco Fernandez has registered the address of 810 Sheridan Ave. with the Franklin County Sheriff. Fernandez, pictured at left, is considered a sexually oriented offender and was convicted of gross sexual imposition. For additional information, visit www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=1564558&AgencyID=55213.
Location: Capital University parking lotIncident: Suspicious person and vehicle Capital University police recently were notified that a suspicious vehicle connected to a person of interest in an area crime recently pulled into a parking lot on Capital University's Bexley campus. The vehicle is a white 2013 Town and Country rental minivan, and the person of interest is described as a Pakistani male in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds with black hair and a long black beard. If you see a person or vehicle matching these descriptions, please contact Public Safety immediately at 236-6666.
Location: 900 block of College AvenueIncident: Armed robberyCapital University and Bexley police are investigating a reported armed robbery in the 900 block of College Avenue. According to police, the alleged victim was approached by two black males who displayed a weapon and stole the victim's cell phone. According to police, one suspect was described as having braids and wearing a gray sweatshirt, and the other was wearing a black hoodie. They were last seen running north from the crime scene. No other details are available at this time.
Location: Capital University Apartments, 2100 block of Astor Ave.Incident: Robbery and impersonation of a police officerBexley Police are investigating the reported robbery of a male who was sitting in a car parked on the street in front of Capital University Apartments. According to police, the alleged victim was approached by a black male wearing a black hoodie and ski mask. The suspect flashed some sort of badge, handcuffed the victim and took his cell phone and cash. The victim was released without harm after the incident. No injuries were reported, and no weapon was displayed. No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.
Location: Charles Street and Sheridan Avenue in BexleyIncident: RobberyBexley Police notified Capital University Police early Saturday morning that a Capital student had been robbed in the area of Charles Street and Sheridan Avenue. No one was injured, and no weapons were used, but the student's cell phone was stolen. Police detained two suspects, but the alleged victim was unable to positively identify them. The investigation remains under investigation,As always, please be aware of your surroundings and use the buddy system if traveling after dark. If you have information regarding this or other area crime, please call campus police at 236-6666.
Location: In front of Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St.
According to media reports, Columbus police arrested 53-year-old Thomas Wallace, of Columbus, Thursday afternoon on a charge of murder in connection with the stabbing death of a man in front of the Columbus Renaissance Hotel, located at 50 N. Third St., Downtown Columbus.
Columbus Division of Police is investigating a homicide that allegedly occurred early Thursday morning at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, located 50 N. Third St., several blocks northwest of the Law School campus. Few details are available at this time, but according to police, it's possible this was an attempted robbery that went bad. The victim apparently died from multiple stab wounds. There are no suspects. Police continue to investigate.Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District encourages anyone in the downtown Discovery District who would like a safety escort to their car, the bus, class or office to call 228-5718. Also, Capital students, faculty, and staff at the Law School may request an escort to their car by contacting Law School security at 236-6161 or by contacting any on duty security officer at the Law School.If you have any information about this incident, please contact Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545 or Capital police at 614-236-6666.
Location: Charles Street and Sheridan Avenue, in BexleyIncident: Armed robberyCapital University was notified late this morning that Bexley Police are investigation an alleged armed robbery reported at 9:55 pm Tuesday, August 28. According to the report, a male Capital student reported he was walking near the intersection of Charles Street and Sheridan Avenue when he was approached by two black males on bicycles. One of the suspects showed a silver and black pistol and ordered the victim to give him "everything," the report said. After one suspect punched him in the jaw, the victim handed over his smartphone. The suspects left on their bikes, heading east on Charles Street toward College Avenue, and the victim called police. The suspects were described as being in their late teens. One had short dreadlocks, according to the report. No other information was available. Police continue to investigate. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Bexley Police at 559-4444 or Capital Public Safety at 236-6666.
Location: Reflections foundation, the plaza, Bexley campusIncident: Attempted abduction
At 10:25 am Thursday, August 30, police arrested Kurties R. Byrd, 43, of Market Avenue South, in Canton, Ohio, on a charge of criminal trespassing in connection with the alleged attempted abduction reported on Capital's campus late Tuesday night. According to Capital police, a building attendant spotted Byrd heading east near the University's library, which is located on Main Street. He was arrested minutes later with assistance from Bexley Police Department at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Ridge Avenue. Byrd soon will be taken to Franklin County Jail.
Additional information is now available about the attempted abduction reported last night.Capital University and Bexley Police are investigating an attempted abduction that reportedly occurred on Capital University's Bexley campus about 11:42 pm Tuesday, August 28.According to the Capital University police report, a female student was studying with a friend near Reflections fountain on the plaza. When her friend stepped away to take a phone call, a man approached the woman studying, said he needed help, and asked her to go to his car. The woman declined and started to walk away, but the suspect attempted to grab her, according to the report. She got her friend and they started to walk quickly toward Lohman Complex, with the suspect following them. The women entered the residence hall, made sure the door was locked behind them, and called police. Police searched the area, but no one matching the suspect's description was found. No one was injured, and no arrests have been made. The investigation continues.Others reported the suspect had approached them earlier in the evening asking for money, but no other details are available at this time. The suspect is described as a black male with a shaved head in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall wearing no shirt, dark shorts and dark shoes. As always, please use caution. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Public Safety at 236-6666.
Original report:Capital University and Bexley Police are investigating an attempted abduction that reportedly occurred on Capital University's Bexley campus about 12:20 am Wednesday.According to police, a female student was walking on the plaza when she was approached by a man who asked her to follow him to his truck. When she refused, the male reportedly tried to grab the student and then chased her to Lohman Complex nearby. Once safely inside, the student called police. No one was injured, and no arrests have been made.Others reported the suspect had approached them earlier in the evening asking for money. He is described as a black male in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall wearing no shirt, dark shorts and dark shoes. As always, please use caution. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Public Safety at 236-6666.
Location: Harry C. Moores Campus Center and Yochum Hall, Capital UniversityIncidents: Thefts from officesCapital University Police are investigating two reported thefts from offices on Capital University's Bexley campus. The first reportedly occurred sometime during the workday on Friday, August 3, and the second took place between noon and 3 pm Tuesday, August 7.According to police, two employees reported their wallets were stolen from their purses. One purse had been stowed in a desk drawer, and the other was under the desk in an office that had been locked during the lunch hour, but open during the remainder of the day. Bexley Police later recovered that wallet at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, but $300 was missing. A credit card taken from the wallet in the first incident was used at Turkey Hill Gas Station, located on Broad Street and Nelson Road. Officers are reviewing footage from security cameras and continue to investigate.Please use extra caution, be aware of your surroundings, and always lock your office and valuables when you step away from your desk, even if you're gone for a short time. As always, please report any suspicious activity or people to the Department of Public Safety at 236-6666.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Seminary apartments, 2192 E. Main St., BexleyIncident: RapeBexley Police are investigating a reported sexual assault at Trinity Lutheran Seminary Apartments. No Capital University students or employees were involved in this matter. This information is being shared to heighten safety awareness and to help prevent future crimes.According to the report, the alleged victim reported he had connected with someone over a website, and they arranged to meet at his apartment to watch a movie. Once they were at the apartment, the victim reported the suspect forced the him to have sex and then left the apartment. The victim reported he later received a threatening text message from the suspect. On Tuesday, July 17, police arrested Oscar A. Castillo, 28, of Brownlee Road, in Columbus, on a charge of rape in connection with this incident. He is in the Franklin County Jail.
Location: Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad St., Downtown ColumbusIncident: Reported menacingA woman seeking legal advice over the telephone from Capital University's legal clinic this morning reportedly made threatening remarks to the clinic staff during the call, which occurred about 10:45 am Monday, June 25. Clinic staff reported the incident to Law School security, and Capital University police and the Columbus Division of Police investigated. Columbus police made contact with a person of interest, but no charges have been filed. If you receive similar calls, please report them immediately to Law School security at 236-6161 or Capital police at 236-6666.
Location: Davidson Hall, Columbus State Community College, 550 East Spring Street, downtown Columbus
Incident: StabbingColumbus Police are investigating a reported stabbing on the camps of Columbus State Community College, located at 550 East Spring Street, downtown Columbus. According to a security alert sent at 8:56 am Monday by a downtown security network, the stabbing reportedly took place at Davidson Hall at Columbus State. A person of interest is described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a long-sleeved gray T-shirt. If you see an individual fitting this description, or if you have any information about this incident, If you have any information about these incidents, please contact Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545 or Capital police at 614-236-6666 immediately.
Police have identified Isaac Rotich, 45, as a person of interest in this morning's reported stabbing of a part-time instructor at Columbus State Community College. According to police, Rotich is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. In an earlier update, it was reported that the incident appears to be unrelated to any class, academic or business issue of the college, and that Rotich is not affiliated with Columbus State. Columbus State police and Columbus Division of Police continue to search for Rotich and investigate. Anyone who sees Rotich should call Columbus State police at 614-287-2525 or Columbus police at 614-645-4545. As always, if you have a question or concern about safety on Capital's campuses, please call Capital police at 614-236-6666.
Location: Capital University Law School Parking Lot, 303 E. Broad St.Incident: Theft from Vehicle Police are investigating the reported theft of spare tires from several vehicles parked in downtown Columbus parking lots, including a lot at Capital University Law School. According to police, incidents occurred at Capital Law School at 6:43 pm Tuesday, April 10, and again at 4:19 pm Wednesday, May 23. Spare tires were stolen from a Honda CRV and a Jeep Wrangler. Surveillance images from Capital's parking lots show a black male with a thin build wearing a dark jacket and ball cap enter the parking lot in a dark green Hyundai. The individual parks near the CRV, pretends to work on the Hyundai but removes the CRV's spare tire and loads it into the Hyundai before leaving. A downtown area security network also issued an advisory to inform people and businesses in the area about similar incidents that have occurred recently in nearby parking lots downtown. Please be aware of suspicious people and activity in campus parking lots. If you have any information about these incidents, please contact Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545 or Capital police at 614-236-6666.
Location: 2300 block of Mound Street
Bexley police are investigating a reported burglary in the 2300 block of Mound Street, near Capital University's campus. According to the police report, a woman reported a man entered the residence without permission through an unlocked back door and took a purse that was sitting on the dining room chair. The purse contained a driver's license, credit card and an insurance card, according to the report. The suspect is described a black, heavy-set male in his 30s or 40s with close-cut, graying hair and an unshaven face. No one was injured, and no arrests have been made. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Bexley police at 614-559-4444 or Capital police at 614-236-6666.
Location: Various parking lots on the Bexley campusIncident: Theft of catalytic converters from vehiclesCapital University and Bexley police are investigating a series of thefts of catalytic converters from cars parked in various campus parking lots and on city streets. A catalytic converter is the part of the vehicle's exhaust system that converts toxic chemicals into less toxic substances and reduce pollution-causing emissions. The devices contain precious metals, like platinum, making them attractive targets for thieves. To protect your vehicle, try to park in well-lit areas. As always, please report any suspicious activity or people to Public Safety at 614-236-6666.
Bexley and Capital University police departments are seeing an increase in reports of theft from vehicles as the academic year winds to a close. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take extra precautions, especially during finals week. Capital's Department of Public Safety offers these tips to help you protect your property.
Most crimes of larceny committed at Capital University are crimes of opportunity and occur primarily when property is left in unlocked or unattended areas. In an attempt to alleviate this problem, the Department of Public Safety makes the following suggestions:
Crime prevention at Capital University requires widespread involvement for it to succeed. The ultimate goal of the Department of Public Safety is to provide a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty, and staff at Capital University.
Location: Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad St.
Incident: Suspicious PersonA suspicious individual attempted to enter the Law School building at the Broad Street entrance at about 11 am Friday, April 20. As security officers escorted him from the area, the man used threatening language. An image from the surveillance camera is posted at right. If you see this individual, do not approach him. Notify Law School security at 236-6161 or Bexley campus police at 236-6666.
Location: 700 Block of Sheridan Avenue
Incident: Assault and Robbery
On March 24, 2012 at approximately 1:25 am, two Capital University students flagged down Bexley Police to report that they had just been robbed and physically assaulted. The victims claimed that the suspects forced their way in to the victims' residence in the 700 block of Sheridan Avenue and proceeded to assault them and then steal their cell phones and an X-Box. The suspects then attempted to leave the scene in a black Ford Explorer.
Bexley Police stopped the vehicle, and the victims positively identified the suspects as the individuals who had robbed and assaulted them. The suspects were then arrested and taken into custody.
Location: 2300 block of E. Mound StreetIncident: Alleged sexual assault Capital University and Bexley police are currently investigating an alleged sexual assault of a female Capital University student that took place between 1 and 4 am on Saturday, March 17, 2012 in the 2300 block of E. Mound St. According to the Capital University Police report, an officer was dispatched when the alleged assault was reported on March 20, 2012 at approximately 12:20 am. The officer interviewed the victim who reported that she had been asleep in her room on the night of March 17, 2012, but was awoken when a male climbed on top of her and proceeded to sexually assault her. The alleged assailant has been identified. The Bexley Police Department is leading the investigation of this case. The CU Public Safety Department urges anyone who believes they or a friend has been a victim of a crime to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency. On campus, the campus police can be reached at 236-6666. Victims of any form of sexual assault are encouraged to seek confidential support from the counselors at the University’s Center for Health and Wellness, 236-6114, located in the Kline Building.
Sex Offender Awareness NotificationBe aware that Larry Gore Jr., a registered sex offender whose last known address was Mayfield Place in Bexley, was arrested Monday on a charge of sexual imposition. He later was released because the charge is a misdemeanor. According to information obtained by campus police, a woman reported that a man followed her apartment complex while she was walking home Monday, grabbed her buttocks, and then fled the area. The man later was identified as Gore, pictured to the right. The incident did not take place near Capital's campus, and no Capital students are involved. Police describe Gore as a black male in his 30s, 6 feet tall and 161 pounds with tattoos on his neck, stomach and left arm. Capital University police urge members of the campus community to be aware of their surroundings at all times, and especially when walking in the area or using nearby bike trails.
Location: Parking lots behind College Avenue Apartments and the Department of Public Safety, located along Sheridan AvenueIncident: Criminals Continue to Target Vehicles On or Near CampusCapital University and Bexley police are investigating the slashing of tires on vehicles parked along Sheridan Avenue and in Capital University parking lots located along Sheridan Avenue. According to Capital police, tires were slashed on at least eight vehicles parked in the lot behind College Avenue Apartments and the Department of Public Safety between 1 and 3 am Tuesday, March 6. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Public Safety at 236-6666.
Location: South end of C-LotIncident: Thieves Target Vehicles in C-Lot
Capital University police are investigating at least five incidents of theft from vehicles parked on the south end of C-Lot, located across from The Capital Center along Pleasant Ridge Avenue between Mound Street and Astor Avenue. According to police, victims reported their windows had been broken and items, including purses, luggage and electronic items left in the vehicles, had been stolen. One victim reported her stolen credit card had been used at area businesses.
There are things you can do to lessen the likelihood that your vehicle will be targeted by thieves. Here are some safety tips to practice:
As always, if you see suspicious activity, or if you think you have information relevant to these incidents, please call Public Safety at 236-6666.
Date: Reported to Columbus Police on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 1:30 pm; occurred on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 5 pm
Location: Livingston Avenue and Barnett Road, Capital University parking lot, and a men's bathroom in the Harry C. Moores Campus CenterIncident: Alleged sexual assault
The Columbus Division of Police is investigating a report of sexual assault that allegedly took place between 5 and 6 pm Sunday, November 27. At this time, the incident does not appear to be connected to Capital in any way other than location. According to a report dated December 5, Columbus police were called to Ohio State University Hospital East at 1:30 pm Thursday, December 1, to interview a sexual assault victim. According to the report, the victim stated he and someone he was chatting with on UrbanChat.com agreed to meet at 5 pm at East Livingston and South Hamilton roads. When the victim arrived, a black male driving a silver car pulled up and ordered the victim to get in. The victim reported the suspect drove to Barnett Road and to a parking area at Capital University and forced the victim to have sex in both locations. The men walked into the campus dining hall and entered a men's bathroom, where the suspect forced the victim to have sex again, the report said. According to the report, the suspect was not armed but forced the victim by threatening to blackmail him. Afterward, the suspect drove the victim back to East Livingston and South Hamilton roads and released him. The suspect was described as a black male, age 24, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 3 inches, and weighing 160-170 pounds. Capital University police are assisting with the investigation. If you have any additional information about this or any other crime, please call 236-6666.
Location: Bexley Public Library, 2411 Main St.Incident: Public indecencyAccording to Bexley police, a Capital University student reported she was sitting in a first-floor study carrel at the Bexley Public Library when a man sat down in a chair next to her. A few minutes later, the man turned his chair toward the student's and exposed and fondled himself, according to the report. The suspect left when someone else entered the room. The suspect is described as a tall black male with a slight beard and wearing a black windbreakers with red trim, dark pants and a dark baseball cap. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.
Location: 900 block of Pleasant Ridge AvenueIncident: Aggravated burglary Bexley police are investigating an alleged aggravated burglary of a Capital University student. According to police, the student was returning to his off-campus residence in the 900 block of Pleasant Ridge Ave. about 3:30 pm today when he spotted a male leaving the residence carrying the student's backpack and a PlayStation.The student confronted the suspect, and the suspect punched the student several times, bit him on the hand, and knocked him to the ground. The suspect reportedly put his hand in his pocket and threatened to pull a knife before fleeing on foot, police said. The student called police. Bexley police have identified Mark Mickens, 42, of Columbus, as a person of interest. According to police, Mickens is a black male, 5 foot 9 and 170 pounds. According to the report, the residents of the home had agreed to let Mickens rake leaves in their yard on Wednesday. The incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made. The student refused treatment at the scene and went to an urgent care facility on his own.On November 6, Capital police told Mickens to leave Capital's campus after he approached a female student in her car and asked to use her cell phone, police reported.
Location: Troutman HallIncident: Burglary, theft and criminal trespassing Capital University police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Donald L. Cobbs, 43, of Bulen Avenue, in Columbus, related to an alleged burglary and theft of a bicycle from Troutman Hall sometime on Wednesday, October 12. Cobbs is wanted on the following charges:
Police learned early Thursday morning that a faculty member's bike was missing from Troutman. An officer had been dispatched to the building at about 8 pm Wednesday on a report of a suspicious male wearing a medical boot on his left leg. They didn't find anyone and didn't know at the time that the bike was missing. Later, officers checked the surveillance tape and saw the suspicious male wearing the medical boot pushing a yellow bike into Troutman Hall. He parked it, and then pushed a different bike — a blue one matching the description of the missing bike — out the same door. He returned an hour later, took the yellow bike and left the building. The individual later was identified as Cobbs. According to police, Cobbs has targeted Capital's campus before. A faculty member recently reported seeing him coming out of a lab in Battelle Hall, and police arrested him in 2009 for stealing a computer out of a campus computer lab. If anyone sees Cobbs or has any information regarding this incident, please call Public Safety immediately at 236-6666.
Location: Blackmore LibraryIncident: Suspicious Person and Suspicious Activity
Police later received information that Sturdivant is a person of interest in two reported sexual assaults being investigated in Columbus. According to the report, Sturdivant is a 54-year-old black male, bald, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds, and has a goatee. Anyone who sees him on campus should call Public Safety at 236-6666.
Location: Cotterman HallIncident: Burglary
According to police, Crockett and Haines were sitting in a car parked in the split lot, which runs south along Pleasant Ridge Avenue between Mound Street and Astor Avenue. After a brief conversation, the officer identified the two as the suspects seen on the surveillance tape and wanted in connection to the Cotterman Hall burglary.
Witnesses described the male as being anywhere from 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, bald, and in his early 40s. They said the female was petite with dark hair. See surveillance camera images above and at left. Surveillance cameras recorded a male fitting that description attempting to enter Renner Hall at about 10 pm Thursday, August 18, the same day a vending machine in that building was broken into. Police urge students and employees to always be aware of their surroundings. Report any suspicious activity to Public Safety 24 hours a day. If someone you don't recognize enters a building or residence hall behind you after hours, and you don't feel comfortable, report it to Public Safety at 614-236-6666.
Incident: Alleged Sexual Assault
Bexley Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault of a Capital University female student at approximately 1:30 am on Sunday, August 28, in the 700 block of Sheridan Avenue, near Capital’s campus. The incident is being investigated as a sexual assault, not a rape. Based on the information police have at this time, this incident is believed to be unrelated to the sexual assault that allegedly occurred Sunday morning in the 800 block of College Avenue.
According to the report, which was made at about 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28, the woman was returning from walking her friend home when a white male approached and invited her to a party. When she refused, the male shoved and fondled her. A struggle ensued. The woman threw her keys and bit the male on the cheek. The male fled.
The suspect is describe as a white male about 6 feet 2 inches with shaggy dark brown hair and some facial hair. If anyone has information about the alleged assault, contact Public Safety at 236-6666. Please be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, and use the Public Safety escort service.
Location: 800 block of College AvenueIncident: Alleged Sexual Assault
Location: Capital Commons Apartments, 578 Park DriveIncident: Capital University police responded to a call about an attempted burglary at Capital Commons apartments at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 12. According to police, a woman reported she was sleeping on the couch in the living room of the apartment and was awakened by a window falling on her. The woman saw that the window screen had been cut and immediately called Capital police.Officers responded, saw the cut screen, and noted that the window latches appeared to have been broken by the suspect. No suspect was found. Nothing was taken from the apartment, no one was injured, and no arrests have been made. The incident remains under investigation.Keeping our campus community safe is our priority, so please be reminded of some safety tips everyone should follow. As always, anyone with information warranting the timely warning of a crime should report the situation to Public Safety at (614) 236-6666.
If you need an escort to or from your vehicle, contact Public Safety at 236-6666. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and notify Public Safety if you observe any suspicious activity on campus.
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