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.
On 8/3/16, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a female student reported an armed robbery near the Park-Stradley residence hall (120 W 11th Ave.). The victim reported that a male suspect approached her and demanded her wallet and cell phone. The suspect struck the female victim in the back of the head with the butt of his gun prior to fleeing southbound toward 11th Avenue. Police immediately responded and continue searching for the suspect, however, he is believed to have fled campus.
The suspect is described as a skinny black male, standing 6’2” with dreadlocks and red on his shirt. It is reported he wore something to cover or conceal his face.
Police continue to investigate and have learned this morning from Columbus Police that two similar armed robberies occurred early this morning (approximately 1:45 a.m.) in the off-campus area of 13th Ave. and Pearl Alley. CPD detained a potential suspect momentarily related to the off-campus crimes prior to releasing him. It is unknown at this time if the incidents are related but anyone with information is encouraged to call OSU PD (614-292-2121) or CPD (614-645-4545). Police continue to investigate.
Becoming the victim of a crime is no one’s fault. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program: https://dps.osu.edu/safe-ride
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:
- The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety http://dps.osu.edu
- Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State https://ttm.osu.edu/ride-smart
- Safety Tips http://dps.osu.edu/safety-tips
- Police Division Daily Crime Log http://dps.osu.edu/daily-crime-log
- Public Safety Notices http://dps.osu.edu/psn
For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at https://www.columbus.gov/police. 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)