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Special Alert Attempted Robbery in Langston Hall and Aggravated Assault Near Campus

Sept. 9, 2014

To: The Oberlin College Community

From: Clifton Barnes, Assistant Director of Safety and Security

Date: September 9, 2014

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers from the Oberlin Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call of a physical assault in the area of Union and North Professor Streets, near campus. A student had received injuries during a physical altercation with two non-college males. Police transported the student to Mercy Allen Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released.

The police investigation revealed that a student from Langston Hall answered his door and two unknown subjects pushed him back into his room, which caused him to fall over an item and land on the floor. One of the subjects stood over the student, while the other subject searched the room. The subjects left the room apparently without taking any items. The subjects exited the residence hall towards Union Street. The student gave chase and caught up with the subjects on Union Street near North Main Street. When the subjects were confronted by the student, a physical struggle ensued. The student received his injuries in this struggle. The subjects were described as a white male about 5’7” with a stocky build and multiple tattoos and a black male about 6’2”slender build with dreadlocks and dread tips. Both subjects were wearing black hoodies and jeans. They fled the area on foot.

The Oberlin Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Safety and Security officers and the Emergency On-Call staff have been in personal contact with students in Langston Hall and are available through Safety and Security, 24-hours a day at 440-775-8444. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support or with questions to the Dean of Students Office in Wilder 105, 775-8462.

For Community Safety, the following suggestions are offered:

• Immediately report any suspicious circumstances to Safety and Security at 440-775-8911 concerning your residential hall or apartment residence and wait in a safe location until Safety and Security officers or police officers arrive. • Report any person not known to you who follows you closely into your residence hall, giving a description and where the person was last seen. • Make an agreement with your roommates and follow the safe practice of always closing and locking your residence doors and windows when you are not present, or when you are sleeping. • Use door viewer before opening door • Safeguard you student ID card and report any loss or theft immediately to Safety and Security

Anyone with information about this incident, with knowledge of any similar suspicious activity, or who may have discovered a loss of their property should contact the Oberlin Police Department at 440-774-1061 or the Office of Safety and Security at 440-775-8444.