Posted: 8:36 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

6 violent crimes at UD 'concern' police



By Lou Grieco

Staff Writer

DAYTON —

Dayton police are working with the University of Dayton officers to expand patrols on or near the university campus after six incidents of violent crimes against UD students in September.

“It’s unusual for this neighborhood to have as many incidents as we’ve had this year,” said UD Police Maj. Larry Dickey. “I don’t know what to pin that to.”

UD reported six robberies on campus in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. There was one in 2008 and one in 2009. During those three years, there was one robbery reported in an on-campus student housing facility. There were two robberies on public property, both in 2008.

“We are concerned,” said Dayton Maj. Larry Faulkner, commander of the Central Patrol Operation District. “We have put together joint patrols and are working hand in hand with UD.”

Since Sept. 4, University officials have released several safety advisories to students, concerning six incidents.

Those advisories, released Monday to the Dayton Daily News, show:

— On Sept. 30, about 3:15 a.m., a male student was approached near the intersection of Woodland and Alberta streets. The robber said he had a knife, but did not show one. The student gave him money and the man fled.

— On Sept. 30, about 12:25 a.m., two female students near 56 Woodland Ave. were approached by a man holding a gun. They screamed and he fled without money.

— On Sept. 23, about 3:40 a.m., three men approached a male student in the alley beyind the 1600 block of Brown St. They displayed a knife and demanded money, but the three men were scared off and fled across Brown St.

— On Sept. 21, about 3:50 a.m., a female student was walking on College Park near Holy Angels Church when she noticed a man following her. The man shoved her to the ground, but left after she began kicking at him.

— On Sept. 9, about 2:15 a.m., four men approached a male student on the 400 block of Kiefaber Street. One of them struck him, knocking him to the ground. The men took his cellular phone case, including the phone, ID card and debit card. No weapons were shown.

— On Sept. 4, about 6:30 a.m., a male student parked his car in the Fairgrounds neighborhood, near the intersection of Jasper and Rubicon streets. As he placed items in his backpack, a man with a gun approached him and took his wallet and some prescription medication.

Matt Cotton, a UD senior who is friends with one of the two women robbed Sept. 30, said that the students are talking about the incidents.

“People don’t want to walk outside by themselves, especially at night,” Cotton said. “It’s a stark difference from a few years ago.”

UD Police Chief Bruce Burt recommends that students not walk alone at night. There are no significant patterns on location, and the suspect descriptions are varied, he said. But the pattern in most of the incidents has been students alone on the streets, late at night, he said.

There has been one arrest. About 90 minutes after the Sept. 30 robbery at 56 Woodland, Dayton police arrested a man matching the robber’s description near Wayne Avenue and Lathrop Street. Burt said he did not match the descriptions in other incidents.

The Dayton Daily News reviewed the UD police crime log dating back to Aug. 1. The vast majority of the incidents reported were minor, particularly noise and alcohol violations.

UD sends out more safety advisories than in the past because of government regulations, Dickey said. But police hope that they will make the students more vigilant about their personal safety, he said.

“Our students tend to feel they’re in a bubble,” Dickey said. “They need to realize we’re part of the outside world.”

 
 

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