Neighborhood Safety Notice – August 16, 2020

We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police for a crime that occurred in the off-campus area.

On 8/16/2020, at approximately 11:51 a.m., the Columbus Division of Police responded to the 200 block of E. 16 Avenue for a reported off-campus burglary. An Ohio State female student said she found an unknown male in her room. The suspect fled southbound toward E. 15th Avenue. No injuries were reported and no property loss or forced entry was noted.

The suspect is described as a white male, standing 5’8” and 200 pounds with medium-length brown hair and a short-stubble beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing black jeans and a t-shirt. Anyone with information related to this crime is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.

Crimes are never the fault of the victim. The Ohio State University Police Division encourages everyone to lock doors and windows. When possible, please walk with friends or coworkers and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior by calling police.

The Ohio State University Police Division carefully considers information contained in safety notices. All decisions are handled on a case-by-case basis with the safety of our campus community in mind. Law enforcement officers and dispatchers are trained to interview witnesses in an effort to obtain as much information as possible, such as build, hair style, hair color, facial hair, skin tone, eye color, tattoos or identifying marks, teeth, clothing, shoes, etc. OSUPD may limit the use of race, or other descriptors, unless accompanied by a detailed description of the suspect. In an effort to share information in a timely manner, details may be limited and are based on information known or reported at the time of issuance.