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Special Alert: Strong-Arm Robbery Near Campus

Feb. 17, 2013

To: The Oberlin College Community

From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security

Date: February 17, 2013

The Safety and Security Office is informing the Oberlin Community of a robbery, not involving a weapon, and physical assault occurring near campus early Sunday morning February 17, 2013. The incident was reported at 3:48 a.m., but may have occurred around 2:30 a.m. after the student left a village house. Oberlin Police Department and Safety and Security officers responded immediately to a request to assist the Oberlin College student, who reported he was the victim of a physical altercation while walking from the area of West College Street and Cedar Street. The victim reported he was approached by an individual, who made a derogatory remark about his perceived ethnicity, then physically knocked him to the ground.

The Oberlin Police Department is investigating. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident should contact Oberlin Police Department, or may contact the Safety and Security Office for assistance in reporting.

Individuals walking should remain aware that incidents like this can occur in any community. If you feel unsafe on campus, please contact Safety and Security for an escort or additional patrols. If off campus, contact the police, or campus safety and security, at the numbers listed below.

If you witness a crime or become a victim of a crime, report what occurred immediately, and accept law enforcement advice about your personal safety. Oberlin Police can be contacted at (440)774-1061, or through 911 emergency services; Oberlin College Safety and Security can be contacted at (440)775-8444.