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Special Alert: Armed Robbery on North Campus

May 22, 2013

To: The Oberlin College Community

From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security

Date: May 21, 2013

At approximately 9:30 p.m. the Oberlin Police Department alerted the Safety and Security Office of their response to a report of an armed robbery of a student leaving an apartment on Goldsmith Lane on north campus. The student was robbed of his backpack by two persons one of whom displayed a small handgun. Oberlin Police described one suspect as a black male with dark complexion and short dreadlocks wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. The second person was described as a person of unknown race or gender wearing shorts and a green hoodie. The suspects fled the area. There was no known direction of travel and no vehicle description given by police. The student did not report any injuries.

The Safety and Security Office issued a phone and text alert asking persons to avoid the area of the police response, and to stay indoors. Approximately an hour and a half later, a second message was sent informing the community the police had cleared the area, were continuing their investigation, and that the Safety and Security office could be contacted for escorts throughout the night.

While becoming a victim of a crime cannot always be avoided, here are some common safety strategies: 1. Report any unusual activities or noise that is not normal for the time of day or place of occurrence. 2. When leaving your apartment or residence, lock your doors and windows. 3. Don’t leave valuables, ID’s or bank or credit cards visible through windows in your car or apartment. Avoid handling money in front of persons with whom you are not familiar. 4. Report any suspicious person or activity, and take appropriate action for your safety and to alert others if a person makes threats, is acting in an unstable manner, or makes irrational or threatening statements or actions. 5. Contact Emergency 911 or Safety and Security at Ext. 58911 or 440-775-8911 by cell phone, or via an emergency blue light phone, if outside on campus. Give your name, location and brief explanation of the situation. Take note of the person’s physical appearance, clothing, and vehicle. 6. Report persons you do not know who may be present, but not conducting campus related activity on or around campus grounds, or who may follow closely into a residence hall or academic building. 7. Utilize Safety and Security services such as safety escorts, student shuttle services, and emergency blue light phones for assistance.

Anyone with information regarding this or any similar incident should contact the Oberlin Police at 440-774-1061, or may report the information to the Safety and Security office at 440-775-8444. 13-0589