Public Safety Notice - Columbus

Dear Ohio State Community Member:

You are receiving this notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community.

The purpose of this message is to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to take actions to help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.

Public Safety Notice For: 
Campus Area, Off Campus, Medical Center, Academic Area, Residence Halls
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred off campus

The OSU Police Division was made aware of a dangerous wanted person who may be in the campus area. An individual identified as Michael Moses Tarpeh is currently wanted by the Morgantown, West Virginia Police Department for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault. He is also wanted by the Massachusetts State Police for an armed carjacking, robbery and assault and battery of a motorist in Lee, Massachusetts. Arrest warrants are pending with the University Of Connecticut Police Department. Michael Moses Tarpeh also goes by the alias of Michael Moses Boadi and refers to himself as 'Bigggggg Mike' Tarpeh is 23 years old, described as 'heavy set' 6ft 280 lbs Tarpeh is not an OSU student. See The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety website a for a photo of Tarpeh.

Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police, 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 614-247-TIPS.

For information about safety on Ohio State's campus visit the following links:

For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at Helpful links are listed as: Crime Information, Crime Prevention, Offense Reports, and Media Releases.

This Public Safety Notice is issued in compliance with the "Timely Warning" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. 34 CFR 668.46(e)