Neighborhood Safety Notice: Feb. 23, 2017
Neighborhood Safety Notice (Feb. 23, 2017):
We are sharing this news on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police for a crime that occurred in the off-campus area:
On 2/23/17, in the early morning hours, Columbus Police responded to an attempted sexual assault report in the off-campus area. A college-aged female, not affiliated with Ohio State, reported waking up around 2:30 a.m. after an unknown male broke in and attempted to sexually assault her. The incident occurred in a residence in the 2100 block of Tuller Street located north of Lane Avenue in the off-campus area. The suspect fled in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a bald, black male in his early 20’s, weighing approximately 170 pounds and wearing plastic-rimmed glasses. Columbus Police is actively investigating and we encourage anyone with information related to this crime to call the CPD Sexual Assault Unit at 614-645-4701.
Please take extra precautions. Lock your doors and windows and avoid walking alone, especially at night. As a reminder, Ohio State’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers free window and door alarms and light timers: https://offcampus.osu.edu/articles/free-safety-devices
Becoming the victim of any 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
Sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors. Additional resources are available at: http://sce.osu.edu/resource-center
If you see something suspicious, call University Police at 614-292-2121 or (off-campus) Columbus Police at 614-645-4545. Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.