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Crime brief: Student tried to kick officers out of his room

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Drug paraphernalia

A male staff member called University Police after he smelled what he thought was burnt marijuana in a South Campus residence hall on Monday at about 11:30 p.m.

When officers arrived at the room where the staff member smelled the marijuana, they saw the student who lived there coming out of the bathroom. The student, who was visibly shaking, then went into another room after pausing for a moment, according to a University Police report.

The officers started knocking on the door, where they also smelled burnt marijuana. After a short time, the student came out of the other room he was in and told the officers they had been knocking on his door. He told the officers he was nervous because he had been smoking marijuana in his room, according to the report.

He told the police they could come in his room, but once the two officers started to walk into the room with him, he started shaking and he looked to the right. He then tried to shove the officers away and said “No, I don’t want you to come in my room.” 

The two officers grabbed his arm when he started shoving them and said they would get a police warrant so they could search the room if the student wouldn’t let them in. One of the officers also told the student he would be punched if he didn’t relax.

They carried the student into the hallway, where he agreed to get his paraphernalia and let them into his room. The student said he had just been scared.

He gave them a film container that had marijuana in it and one of the officers found a pipe hidden behind a bottle nearby. The officers asked if there were any other items in the room, and the student said no and gave them permission to search the room.

The officers didn’t find any other items and asked the student why he looked to the right. The student said that he had just been scared. He also said he wasn’t on any other drugs or prescription medicines. 

There were no charges listed on the police report, and the student’s name was redacted.

Criminal trespassing

There were three reports of criminal trespassing between Nov. 12 and Wednesday. 

A female student reported criminal trespassing at Smith-Steeb Hall, a South Campus residence hall, on Monday. The incident had actually occurred between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, and the suspect, who was unknown, was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. 

In another report of criminal trespassing, a 44-year-old man not affiliated with the university was arrested for trespassing at the Ohio Union on Nov. 12 at about 8:30 a.m. 

Other incidents

A 27-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct at the Drake Performance and Event Center on Friday at about 7 p.m. 

There were also 20 reports of theft between Nov. 12 and Wednesday. 

Update: This story was updated on Nov. 20 to reflect that there did not appear to be charges against the student in the drug paraphernalia report.

One comment

  1. The Lantern: Orwellian Crimespeak

    “The two officers grabbed his arm when he started shoving them and said they would get a police warrant so they could search the room if the student wouldn’t let them in. One of the officers also told the student he would be punched if he didn’t relax.” It’s a shame that police officers cannot carry out the laws without threatening physical violence on students. While the drug war is a problem all its own, we should look towards ensuring the police do their jobs without showing a hypocrisy in doing so. Why should drug materials require the threat of human violence.

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