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Attempted armed robbery on North Campus prompts public safety notice

April 18, 2014
An attempted armed robbery on North Campus spurred University Police to issue a public safety notice Friday morning. The attempted robbery occurred on West 18th Avenue between McPherson and Smith Laboratories around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A female student was approached by three males, one of whom pointed a gun at her and another who stepped behind her to put his hand over her mouth and pat her down. The robbery was interrupted and the three men ran northbound away from campus, according to the public safety notice. All three men were described as black males with braided hair, two of whom were about 5 feet 8 inches tall and the… Read more

Nearly $9K of property stolen from Ohio State women’s rowing team vans

March 16, 2014
The Ohio State women’s rowing team had approximately $8,925 worth of personal belongings stolen from its vans at the Dayton Boat Club in Moraine, Ohio, earlier this month. The theft was reported March 1 at about 1:15 p.m. to the Moraine Police Department. OSU rowing coach Andy Teitelbaum told police four of OSU’s five vans had been broken into and 19 team members had items stolen from them during practice, according to the Moraine Police Department report. OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg referred The Lantern, on behalf of the athletics department, the coaches and team members, to police for comment. Teitelbaum told police the team members were away from the… Read more

Crime Brief: Rape reported at Ohio State South Campus residence hall

March 5, 2014
A residence hall staff member reported a rape at a South Campus dorm Monday. The rape itself reportedly occurred about a week earlier, Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton said in an email. The suspect in the case is an 18-year-old male student, who is suspected of having used alcohol and who knew the victim. The suspect and victim might have been in a “dating relationship,” Denton said. Denton added that University Police does not believe the incident “represents a continuing threat.” About two-thirds of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website. OSU provides services for victims… Read more

Some question safety after reported rape in Ohio State residence hall deemed a ‘continuing threat’

February 23, 2014
Some students at Ohio State are questioning their safety after a reported rape was marked as a “continuing threat” by University Police. Recent information about a rape, which happened between 2:15 and 2:40 a.m. Jan. 25 in a South Campus residence hall, and the suspect — who reportedly returned to the residence hall since the incident — caused police officers to believe there is a “continuing threat,” a University Police public safety notice issued Friday said. The suspect was described by witnesses as a black man with a “wide” build, between 18 and 20 years old and standing between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He… Read more

Reported rape in Ohio State residence hall leads to University Police public safety notice

February 21, 2014
The investigation of a reported rape in an Ohio State residence hall led University Police to issue a public safety notice Friday. Recent information about the rape, which allegedly happened in “the early morning hours” of Jan. 25, and the suspect – who reportedly returned to the residence hall – caused police officers to believe there is a “continuing threat,” the notice read. The suspect was described by witnesses as a black man with a “wide” build, between 18 and 20 years old and standing between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches. He has short, black hair and a lighter, pockmarked complexion, with scars “over most of… Read more

Crime Brief: Arrests made in thefts of trinkets, laptop at Ohio State

February 20, 2014
A 28-year-old woman was arrested for stealing more than $40 worth of “small ribbons and trinkets” from the Scarlet Ribbon Gift Shop at the Wexner Medical Center Friday at about 10:30 a.m. A 20-year-old male student was arrested for theft after being reported by a 21-year-old male student at the 18th Avenue Library Feb. 6. Stolen property included a MacBook Pro laptop valued at $1,300. The arrested man was also found to be in possession of drugs, according to a University Police report. There were 17 total thefts reported on Ohio State’s campus from Feb. 12 to Wednesday. University Police reported a female student Feb. 13 for having a fake… Read more

Crime Brief: Ohio State Nut House Bus driver reported for menacing

February 5, 2014
A traffic control officer reported aggravated menacing at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 29 during a men’s basketball game after the “Nut House Bus” driver threatened to “cut” the traffic control officer when he asked the driver to move his bus. The bus, which is a Campus Area Bus Service bus that takes student ticket holders from Ohio State’s campus to the Schottenstein Center for men’s basketball games, was blocking a crosswalk. The driver began arguing with the traffic control officer, gave him the middle finger using both hands and said, “I have a knife and I will cut you up,” according to a University Police report. The driver was said… Read more

Crime Brief: 2 reports sexual imposition at OSU

January 30, 2014
Two accounts of sexual impositions were reported on Ohio State’s campus this week. The incidents were not related and are not an “ongoing threat to the university community,” said David Rose, University Police patrol bureau captain, in an email. The first incident reportedly occurred Jan. 22 at University Hospitals East, located at 1492 E. Broad St., between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. A 30-year-old woman, not affiliated with OSU, reported sexual imposition by a known suspect. The woman reported the incident but did not want to file any charges. The case is closed, according to a University Police report. The second incident was reported Saturday but occurred between Jan. 16… Read more

Ohio State’s Thompson Library deemed ‘safe’ despite reported sexual imposition, indecent exposure

January 28, 2014
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Despite recent reports of sexual imposition and indecent exposure at William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, a student involved in one incident said she’s going to continue visiting the library, and officials said the building remains a safe place on campus. A recent University Police report stated a 56-year-old homeless man, described as “an habitual offender,” had been arrested for inappropriately touching female OSU students in Thompson Library Jan. 11. Later, two female students reported a man for exposing himself and masturbating while watching them in the library during an unrelated incident Jan. 13. Thompson Library, which is open to the general public with about 12,000 to 13,000 daily visitors, was… Read more

Columbus Police arrest Ohio State student for sorority house break-in

January 16, 2014
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A man broke through the window of Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity house Thursday and was arrested shortly after, according to Columbus Division of Police report. According to president of the Ohio Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi Caroline Keyes, the incident took place after 2 a.m. “I was asleep in my bed and someone who lives in the house heard banging on the third floor at the fire escape,” said Keyes, a third-year in journalism. Keyes went to the third floor to check it out but said they “couldn’t see them. We didn’t know who it was.” The police were called and Keyes said they arrived at Pi Beta… Read more