In This Issue:
1) October 2012 Crime Stats
2) October 2012 Campus Crime Summary
3) New National Stolen Cell Phone Database
4) October 2012 Arrest Summary
1) October 2012 Crime Stats:
- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
Oct. 2012 Jan-Oct 2012 Jan-Oct 2011
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offense 1 2 2
Non-Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0
Robbery 4 24 22
Aggravated Assault 0 0 3
Burglary 5 17 17
Larceny 26 162 208
Vehicle Theft 3 40 45
Arson 0 0 0
2) October 2012 Campus Crime Summary:
FORCIBLE SEX OFFENSE: On October 19th, 2012, a 22 year old female WSU student reported that she was the victim of a Forcible Sex Offense after being driven to Parking Structure #2 by an male WSU student she had met earlier in the evening.
The student advised WSUPD Officers that she had gone to an area bar, with some friends. There she met a 20 year old male WSU student. She talked with him for awhile and later agreed to go with him, in his car, to a party at another location. They went to that party, but the female student decided to leave just before 3:00 a.m. The male student offered to drive her back to her on campus residence. The female student accepted the offer for a ride home. However, instead of taking the student home, the male student drove around the area and ultimately into WSU Parking Structure #2 and proceeded to an upper floor and parked his car. He then made unwanted sexual advances towards the victim. The female student jumped out of the car and attempted to flee, but the offender chased her and knocked her down. He then partially removed her clothing and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim ultimately broke free and fled to a vehicle that was coming up the ramp after having just entered the parking structure. She quickly told the driver of that vehicle what had just happened. The driver had the victim get into his car. He got the victim to safety by driving out of the Parking Structure while calling WSUPD on his cell phone. Responding officers met the victim and her rescuer at Merrick and Anthony Wayne Drive. The victim suffered scrapes and bruises from being knocked to the pavement and repeatedly grabbed by the offender. She did not require medical treatment.
Once the Officers learned what had happened, they immediately searched the parking structure, but the offender and his vehicle were gone. WSUPD Investigators quickly learned the offenders identity. The results of the subsequent investigation were turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office who returned a three count warrant charging the male student with Assault With Intent To Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct by Penetration (a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison) and two counts of 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (each count is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison).
The male student has been arraigned in the 36th District Court and faces an early January 2013 Preliminary Exam in the Third Circuit Court. Additionally, the student has been academically suspended and banned from the WSU campus, pending the outcome of an administrative investigation by the university.
ROBBERY: A total of four robbery or attempted robbery incidents, on or adjacent to campus and one near campus, were reported in October 2012.
On October 16, 2012, a 42 year old male student reported he was the victim of an armed robbery, four days earlier, while walking on Cass Avenue at West Canfield.
The student came into WSUPD on October 16th, 2012 and told WSUPD officers that on October 12th, 2012, at approximately 3:05pm, he was crossing the street on Cass Avenue at W. Canfield and talking on his cell phone, when a silver Taurus, occupied by the below subjects, pulled up and clipped his left leg causing the student to fall to the ground. The two unknown males exited the car. One subject took the student’s cell phone while the other grabbed his book bag. Both offenders immediately got back into the car and fled eastbound on Canfield.
#1: Unknown black male in his 20″s, with braided hair. Nothing further.
#2: Unknown black male, in his 20′s, wearing a red baseball cap. Nothing further.
The second incident occurred on October 16th at approximately 2:35 a.m. on Cass near W. Forest. There, a 19 year old female student reported she was talking on her iPhone when an unknown male approached her from behind and asked to “borrow” her cellphone. The student refused and the subject grabbed her and the phone, stating, “Give me the phone!”. The male offender pushed the student to the ground and fled on foot south bound on Cass Avenue. The student was not injured. The student could only provide a general physical description but said she could recognize him again.
The near campus incident (attempted Robbery Not Armed) occurred at 9:30 a.m. on October 18th, 2012 when a 24 year old female student reported she was listening to music, via earbuds connected to her iPhone, while walking in an alley east of Third and north of Prentis. There, the student was approached by an unknown black male who attempted to grab the student’s iPhone from her hand. The offender was unable to grab the phone and he fled on foot westbound through the alley. The student was not injured.
At 3:47 p.m. on October 25, 2012, WSUPD Officer responded to a Hold Up alarm at the Chase Bank, located inside the former Macabees building at 5057 Woodward. On arrival, they learned that an unknown male had approached the tellers window and handed the teller a note reading, “This is a robbery”. The subject was reaching for his waistband area, implying that he had a weapon, although no weapon was ever seen. The bank teller gave the subject an unknown amount of cash. The offender fled the bank on foot. WSUPD officers held the crime scene for Detroit Police crime scene investigators and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On October 26th, 2012 an 18 year old male student reported he was walking on the east side of Cass near Putnam at about 7:25 p.m. when an unknown a male subject approached him and told him to, “Give me all you stuff”. The student ignored the statement and responded by walking faster. The subject also increased his speed and continued to demand the student’s property. The student, believing the offender may be armed, ran across Cass Avenue onto the campus. The offender discontinued his verbal assault and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The male student notified WSUPD of what had occurred. Multiple officers responded and began an area search.
Within minutes, Officers located a subject, closely matching the clothing description provided by the student, at Cass and W. Warren. The subject, who provided officers with false identifying information, was detained and the victim was driven by in a scout car to determine if the subject stopped was indeed the offender. Upon seeing the subject stopped by the Officers, the student stated, “That’s the guy that tried to rob me!”. The 20 year subject was then taken into custody. A Warrant Request was presented to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office, who returned a three count warrant charging Keyonte Passmore, age 20, of Detroit, with one count of attempted Robbery Not Armed (a 15 year felony), one count of Lying to a Police Officer and one count of being a Habitual Offender.
BURGLARY: A total of five burglaries (including one attempted burglary) were reported in October 2012. There were four incidents at the Faculty Administration Building and one burglary incident at Old Main.
LARCENY: A total of twenty-six (26) incidents of Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported from twenty different campus locations during October 2012. Items taken included laptop computers, purses and similar items of value that should never be left unattended.
VEHICLE THEFT: Three vehicles were reported stolen to WSUPD during October 2012. One vehicle each was taken from a university parking lot, an area fraternity house and a city street adjacent to a campus location. They are as follows:
Oct. 1st Antoinette W/O Cass 7:45 am to 8:20 pm 2001 Chrysler Sebring
Oct. 7th 4251 Cass (Pike House) 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm 2003 Jeep Liberty
Oct. 9th WSU Lot 13 12:30 am to 9:30 am 2001 Jeep Cherokee
3) Stolen Cell Phone Databases Switched On in the U.S.
As reported in recent issues of CampusWatch, the theft of smartphones across the U.S. and around the world has skyrocketed in recent months. The reason is simply the huge profit involved in the theft and reselling of stolen cell phones. However, the value of stolen cell phones should quickly begin dropping with the recent unveiling of stolen cell phone databases that should render stolen cellphones worthless on the second hand market. The following article is reprinted from NetWorkWorld.com and provides an overview of the purpose of these new stolen cell phone databases:
U.S. cellphone carriers took a major step on Wednesday (10-31-12) toward curbing the rising number of smartphone thefts with the introduction of databases that will block stolen phones from being used on domestic networks.
The initiative got its start earlier this year when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and police chiefs from major cities asked the cellular carriers for assistance in battling the surging number of smartphone thefts. In New York, more than 40 percent of all robberies involve cellphones and in Washington, D.C., cellphone thefts accounted for 38 percent of all robberies in 2011.
With the introduction of the database, carriers will be able to block stolen handsets from being used on their networks. Until now, such blocking had targeted the SIM card, so unauthorized calls could not be made on stolen phones, but putting in a new SIM card meant the phone could still be used. That meant a stolen phone could be sold on the second-hand market.
The new database blocks the IMEI number, a unique identification number in the cellphone akin to a VIN (vehicle identification number) in a car. The ID number remains with the cellphone no matter what SIM card is used.
“The goal is to not only protect the consumer by canceling the service, but by ultimately protecting the consumer by drying up the after market for stolen phones,” said Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a wireless industry trade association that has coordinated efforts to introduce the database.
As of Wednesday, carriers AT&T and T-Mobile will offer a joint database, said Guttman-McCabe. The two carriers use the same basic network technology so handsets from one can be easily used on the other. Verizon and Sprint, which use a different network technology, will offer their own databases, he said.
By the end of November next year, the four carriers will combine their databases so that the vast majority of U.S. cellphone users will be covered. Smaller carriers like Nex-Tech and Cellcom are also getting on board the database. There are also plans to link it with an international database maintained by the GSM Association to stop stolen phones being shipped overseas and used on foreign networks.
With the introduction of the database, consumers are being asked to do more to safeguard their phones and data.
“Consumers also play a key role in protecting their information and preventing smartphone theft,” the organization said in a statement. “By using passwords or PINs, as well as remote wiping capabilities, consumers can help to dry up the aftermarket for stolen devices.”
A lock code on the home screen can make it difficult for thieves to get into menus and reset the phone. The inability to get past a lock screen also makes it difficult for an unsophisticated criminal to sell the phone on the after market.
Consumers will start to see this information pushed from carriers by the end of this year.
4) October 2012 Arrest Summary:
Including some of the offenses listed above, WSUPD Officers made a total of 126 arrests, during October 2012, for a variety of offenses. The arrests were the end result of the investigation of suspicious persons or circumstances, either called in by members of our on and off campus community or observed by officers while on routine patrol, traffic stops, alarm run responses, targeted patrol efforts, rapid arrival to in-progress incidents, or completed crime report investigations by WSUPD Investigators. The following arrest incidents, some involving multiple charges, occurred either on campus or in the surrounding MidTown area.
Felonious Assault 1
Violation Controlled Substances 19
Parole Absconder 2
Traffic Warrants 22
Fugitive Warrant(s) 9
Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property 5
No Operation Permit 1
Criminal Trespass 2
Friend of the Court Warrant(s) 7
Retail Fraud (shoplift) 7
Operate Vehicle While Impaired 6
Domestic Violence 2
Drive With Suspended License 1
Felony Warrant(s) 12
Larceny From Building 2
Uttering & Publishing (issue bad check) 2
Poss of Drugs W/Intent to Deliver 3
Larceny from Motor Vehicle 1
Assault & Battery 1
Violation of Sword Ordinance 1
Misdemeanor Warrant(s) 5
B&E Auto 2
Carry Concealed Weapon on Person 1
Poss of Counterfeit Goods 1
Disorderly Conduct 5
Resist and Obstruct Police Officer 1
Larceny from Person 1
Document Fraud 1
Auto Theft 1
Possession of Facsimile Firearm 2
Attempted Robbery 1
Robbery Armed 1
Minor in Possession of Alcohol 15
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 4
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