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Crime Brief: Two people reported missing

September 12, 2014
There were two reports of missing persons on the same day. The first case was at 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 at University Hospital East on Broad Street. A patient who was on special watch left the hospital without permission. Hospital officials were worried about him and sent an officer to see if he could be located, according to a University Police report. The officer didn’t find any leads and reported the patient as missing. The patient returned to the hospital the next day. In the second report of a missing person, a mother reported her 14-year-old son missing after he ran away from her in Postle Hall at about… Read more

New policies aim to increase police visibility

September 12, 2014
Two new initiatives from University Police and the Columbus Division of Police aim to make students safer, according to a joint announcement by the two departments Thursday. The announcement was part of the first “Rolling Roll Call,” where University Police seek to provide recent crime information to the OSU community in a public setting. “Operation Safeguard” was announced where Student Safety Service, which currently escorts students home between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., will hire a moderate number of extra security to help the extra patrols to increase police visibility. The new initiatives will not cost either police division extra money. Student Safety Service, however, will receive… Read more

Woman says she was kicked off COTA before reported rape

September 11, 2014
A woman who was reportedly raped inside an off-campus garage early Saturday morning told detectives that before her alleged assault, she was asked to get off the Central Ohio Transit Authority bus she was riding because she wasn’t wearing shoes, a detective with the Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau said. The woman, whose name is not being released and who is not an Ohio State student, according to Columbus Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis, was riding a COTA bus headed southbound on High Street early Saturday morning, detective James Ashenhurst said. He said her flip-flop was broken, so she took off her shoes. “The bus driver said, ‘Hey, you… Read more

Rape suspect has years-long police record

September 8, 2014
A homeless man with a long list of criminal offenses, many of them near Ohio State’s campus, was arrested after a bike patrol reportedly caught him raping a woman inside an empty off-campus garage early Saturday morning, according to a Columbus Division of Police press release. Some students living in the off-campus neighborhood where the crime took place said they feel safe in the area, while others don’t. That crime happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning when Columbus Police patrol officers were making their rounds in the East 12th Avenue area. During the patrol, the officers shined their flashlights on what they thought was a vacant garage. Once their… Read more

Man caught sexually assaulting woman in off-campus garage

September 6, 2014
A man was caught sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant off-campus garage early Saturday morning by a Columbus Division of Police bike patrol, according to a CPD release. The officers were patrolling the E. 12th Avenue area shortly before 2 a.m. when they shined flashlights in the vacant garage and saw a white man on top of a woman on the ground in “what appeared to be sexual intercourse,” according to the release. After intervening, the officers learned the 21-year-old woman was coerced into the garage by 36-year-old Randy Graham Jr., who was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. The man frequents the Ohio State campus area, according… Read more

Robbery, sexual assault reported off-campus

September 1, 2014
A robbery and gross sexual imposition were reported early Sunday morning in an off-campus neighborhood, according to a police report on the City of Columbus’ website. The woman listed on the report was identified as an Ohio State student through the OSU directory, Find People. The crime allegedly took place at about 1:15 a.m. on East Maynard Avenue, according to the report, and a dark-colored purse valued at about $30 was reported stolen. A dispatcher at the Columbus Division of Police said no further details were available as of Monday afternoon. He said a detective will be assigned to the case within the next couple of days. The report posted… Read more

Summer crime news: 2 public safety notices and 2 fires reported

August 28, 2014
It’s easy to get lost in numbers. There were about 310 reports of theft this summer on Ohio State’s campus, 15 reports of assault and four reports of robbery. But what does that mean? It means that in the span of this summer — from April 30 through Tuesday — there were about 2½ thefts every day. It means 15 people told police that they were violated in some way — and many of those reports came from the Wexner Medical Center. And it means that two public safety notices were sent over the course of the summer because there were crimes that were considered to be of a “concern… Read more

Crime brief: 5 underage offenses reported in 1 week

August 28, 2014
Classes are back in session and students have moved back on campus, but it hasn’t been a happy homecoming for everyone. There were five reports of offenses involving underage persons reported between Aug. 19 and Wednesday afternoon. “Offenses involving underage persons” refers to people under 21 years old buying or consuming alcohol. There were also two assaults reported this week and three reports of disorderly conduct on campus. In one incident, a male student reported an assault at Lincoln Tower on Friday shortly after 8 p.m. He said he poured water in his roommate’s ear while his roommate was sleeping. The sleeping roommate awoke and became angry before punching and… Read more

Ohio State dog sitter reportedly stabs OSU student in ownership dispute

August 19, 2014
When Zheng Chen went back home to China for summer break, he said he asked fellow Ohio State student Austin Farley to watch his French Mastiff, Roger, while he was away. On the day Chen returned to the states for the start of Fall Semester, he came to campus and went to pick up Roger. When Chen got to Farley’s apartment, though, he said he couldn’t believe what happened. Farley refused to give Roger back, and soon a dispute between the two students over ownership of the dog quickly escalated from a mere argument to a crime scene, Chen said. “I feel weird,” Chen, a fourth-year in finance who plans… Read more

Crime brief: Criminal mischief reported at Ohio State construction site

August 19, 2014
An assistant hall director of a North Campus residence hall reported criminal mischief after two men acted suspiciously at a construction site. The hall director saw the two men sitting in a piece of machinery last Thursday at about 1 a.m. and asked them if they were construction workers. The men said they were but didn’t provide any identification and quickly left the site with two other people who had been playing basketball nearby, according to a University Police report. When an officer arrived at the scene, she found that three vehicles had been entered. Two of the vehicles had lights on or doors open, and the third had paperwork… Read more