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Campus Crime Alerts, Notifications, and Advisories

Public Safety Advisory – March 30, 2014 

Unarmed Robbery- 14-263-OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a female student reports being robbed at 2:45am outside Birch Hall.

A woman called DPS to report she was approached by a person she describes a black male wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants who told the woman to empty her pockets which held only 4 cigarettes, key, but no money. The victim refused to provide any other details, including her name.  There was a 20 minute delay between the time of the event and the actual reporting the incident to police.

Community members are reminded to call police immediately should they witness a crime or become victimized.  Lastly, there is safety in numbers-avoid traveling alone and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at  http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/

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UPDATE ON WEEKEND INCIDENTS -

March 3, 2014

The Department of Public Safety is pleased to report that the student injured in a stabbing early Sunday morning has been released from the hospital and is back on campus as of this morning. We are continuing our investigation.

In addition, we have arrested one student and will summons another to court to face charges in connection with the Saturday assault following a bus trip to Providence. The victim in that case was treated at a local hospital and released.

Anyone who may have information concerning either of these crimes or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory –

March 2, 2014- Aggravated Assault Case Number 14-167OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a male student was stabbed this morning at about 3:30 am at Cedar Dell South.

Police were dispersing a disturbance outside apartments 561-568 when they learned the victim had been stabbed and immediately requested an ambulance.  He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and has been admitted.  The victim describes the suspect as a light skinned Hispanic or black male, approximately 6 feet in height with a bushy pony tail and wearing a black hoodie.

Preliminary investigation suggests this is an isolated incident and the victim and suspect may know each other. No further description, direction of travel of the assailant, or any vehicle is identified. DPS is requesting assistance in locating any witnesses to this incident.

Community members are reminded to call police immediately should they witness a crime or become victimized.  We also strongly encourage avoiding situations that accompany potential for a physical violence and to report disturbances immediately.

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory –

March 1, 2014 - Aggravated Assault Case Number - 14-162OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of C mpus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a male visitor was assaulted and knocked to the ground near the crosswalk to the East Campus this morning following a verbal dispute. 

The verbal altercation began on a bus trip from Providence to our campus and continued as passengers disembarked at about 2:10 this morning. The victim was allegedly assaulted by four unknown males. Witnesses at the scene refused to identify themselves or provide any additional details. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and was released. No further descr ption, clothing, or direction of travel of the assailants could be furnished

Community members are reminded to call police immediately should they witness a crime or become victimized.  We also strongly encourage avoiding situations that accompany potential for a physical violence and to report disturbances immediately.

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory -

December 6, 2013 - Case 13-1222OF

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of an incident reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department

On Friday, December 5,  at about 2:44PM,  DPS received a fire alarm signal at Chestnut Hall Suite 216, placing the building into a general alarm. The building was evacuated in an orderly fashion. Dartmouth Fire Department responded and determined that someone had deliberately burned both heat and smoke detectors  Minimal damage was observed and no injuries were reported.

No suspects have been identified and police are looking to develop leads. The Department of Public Safety is offering a reward of $2,500 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of  the person(s) responsible.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory -

December 4, 2013-Case 13-1205OF 

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of an incident reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department.

On Wednesday,December 4,  at about 4:20AM, DPS received a fire alarm signal at Chestnut Hall Suite 318 placing the building into a general alarm and the building was evacuated safely.  Dartmouth Fire Department responded and determined that someone had deliberately burned the smoke detector. Minimal damage was observed and no injuries were reported. 

No suspects have been identified and police are looking to develop leads. 

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory - Arson- Liberal Arts Building

November 11, 2013-Case 13-1111-OF

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of an incident reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department. 

This afternoon, at about 12:47 PM, DPS was notified of two fires discovered in the men's restroom on the second and third floors of Liberal Arts.

Investigation shows that the contents waste barrels were deliberately set on fire. Minimal damage was observed.

While the person(s) responsible have not been identified, DPS is presently exploring several leads and is asking for your help in solving these crimes.

Witnesses report a person observed running from the third floor restroom at the time of the fire. The person of interest is described as a white male, weighing approximately 170 pounds and 5-11 to 6-1 in height, wearing blue jeans and a dark blue hoodie with Nike logos pulled over his head. This person was last observed running towards the Campus Center. Anyone who may observed anyone fitting this description is encouraged to contact DPS immediately.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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Public Safety Advisory - November 4, 2013

Robbery-Chestnut Hall Circle -- Case Number 13-1067-OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a male student reported being assaulted and robbed of his IPhone yesterday at about 3:00 am while in the vicinity of the Chestnut Hall Circle. The reporting party describes the suspects as three black males, one with a red hat and another with gold chains. The victim refused to turn over his wallet and engaged in a struggle with the suspects.  During the process, his phone was taken. No further description, clothing, or direction of travel could be furnished.

Community members are again reminded to call police immediately should they witness a crime or become victimized..

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

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TO: Campus Community

FROM: Col. Emil Fioravanti, Director of Public Safety

On Tuesday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m., several students came to the Department of Public Safety to report that another student was living in their Cedar Dell Suite without permission of the University and had displayed two handguns to them.

Police were immediately dispatched to the offending student’s room to secure the area. A short time later, a search warrant was issued and executed on a room in the suite and on the vehicle owned by subject. Due to the actions of the reporting students and the rapid and professional response by UMass Dartmouth and Town of Dartmouth police, the ssue was resolved swiftly and without incident.

As a result, police seized two loaded handguns and ammunition that was not secured. At the time of the search, the student was in class and nowhere near the weapons. The subject of the investigation, a student and part-time Pennsylvania police officer, has been issued a summons to appear in Third District Court in New Bedford on charges of improper storage of a firearm and carrying a firearm on campus. He has been placed on interim suspension from the university and issued a no trespass order for all university property. He will also face student conduct charges

I wish to thank the students who came forward to help keep their community safe. The “See Something. Say Something.” Initiative that we have been promoting can only be successful if students, faculty and staff are willing to step forward. These tudents did just that and deserve our applause.

The investigation into this incident has continued since Tuesday and is ongoing.

If you have any concerns about this issue, please contact me at efioravanti@umassd.edu or X8106.

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Public Safety Advisory - October 20, 2013

Robbery-Parking Lot 8 -- Case Number 13-967OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a male student reported being assaulted and robbed of $15 at about 3 a.m. today in the vicinity of Lot 8. The reporting party describes the suspects as three males. No further description, clothing, or direction of travel could be furnished. The victim reported the incident to police at approximately 2 p.m. today.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

DPS would like to remind the community to call police immediately should they become victims, especially in crimes of violence, any time you are threatened, feel unsafe, or witness a crime. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Robbery-Cedar Dell South- Case Number 13-797OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that a male visitor to campus reported being assaulted and robbed of his wallet and cell phone at 4:30 a.m. today in the vicinity of 527 Cedar Dell South. The reporting party describes the suspects as four black males. No further description, clothing, or direction of travel could be furnished. The repor ing party indicated that he had encountered the males earlier in the evening but they are unknown to him.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form.

DPS would like to remind the community to call police immediately should they become victims, especially in crimes of violence, any time you are threatened feel unsafe or witness a crime and are be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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