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November 13, 2012

Police Services learned this morning that around 6:15 PM yesterday evening, November 12, 2012, while walking off campus, west on Mynders toward Highland, a male noticed a green car pulling up slowly behind him.  When the male stopped momentarily, two males quickly got out of the vehicle and ran up to him.  One of the males struck the victim in the face, and demanded and took the victim’s cell phone.  The males left the area in a dark green, older model sedan going east on Mynders.  The victim sustained only a minor facial injury.

The first male, who struck the victim and took the phone, was described as African-American, 19-25 years old, approximately 5’11”-6’, 160-170 lbs., shaved head, medium to dark complexion, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.  The second male was described as African-American, also 19-25 years old and approximately 5’11”-6’, slim build, possibly wearing a gray shirt.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in its investigation of this incident.  The University police will also increase their focus in the area.

You are encouraged to use additional caution, especially when out after dark, and to always be aware of your surroundings.  Safety escorts are available from dusk until dawn by contacting the Tiger Escort Program at 901-678-4663, or Police Services at 901-678-4357.

If you notice any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately.  The emergency number for the University Police is 901-678-4357 (678-HELP).  Please program our number into your cell phone’s speed dial.  The Memphis Police can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).  Also,

If you have any information related to this incident, please notify the Memphis Police Department or the University Police.  The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at  http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.

 

September 18, 2012

A resident of Carpenter Complex reported that around 1:45 PM today (Tuesday, 9/18/12) she encountered two males in her residence.  She was not injured.  One of the males was armed with a small, silver handgun, and demanded personal items.  The males left in an unknown direction; no vehicle was seen.

The males were described as:

1-    An African-American male in his 20s; 5'6-5'8"; thin build; no clothing description except dark shoes; armed with a small, silver automatic handgun

2-    An African-American male; 19-20 years old; 5'6"; thin build; light complexion; short, dark curly, hair; a "chin" beard; wearing a pullover short sleeve shirt with black and white, 1" horizontal stripes

The University Police are currently gathering more information about this incident.  Officers will focus patrols around the residential areas, specifically Carpenter Complex.  The Memphis Police have also been notified and will be assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the University Police at 901-678-4357, University Police Detective Ballard at 901-678-3849, e-mail police@memphis.edu, or submit a tip anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.  The Memphis Police can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

Police Services encourages everyone to remain observant, be aware of their surroundings, and immediately report ALL suspicious activity to Police Services at 901-678-4357.  Please program our number into your cell phone’s speed dial. 

Additionally, after dark, we encourage people to walk in groups, and while on campus, use the Tiger Escort Program by calling 901-678-4663 (678-HOME).  If you are not currently enrolled in TigerText, the University’s emergency alert text messaging service, you can enroll at http://tigertext.memphis.edu/ or at https://umwa.memphis.edu/tigertext/index.php.

 

July 1, 2012

The University of Memphis and Police Services are issuing this message in a continuing effort to communicate safety information to our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Over the past weekend, two robberies were reported off campus, one of which occurred near our main campus.  Neither victim was injured.  Since they occurred off campus, both incidents were reported to the Memphis Police Department. 

Saturday June 30th, 12:32 AM – 600 block of Highland
The victim reported being approached while in her vehicle in the parking lot of a business by an African-American male, armed with a black handgun with gray grips.  He demanded her purse and wallet.  The suspect was last seen on foot going west on Spottswood from Highland. 

Sunday July 1st, 11:19 AM – 500 block of Brister
After exiting her vehicle, the victim was approached by a newer model black SUV.  The passenger, an African-American male, jumped out of the vehicle and demanded her purse.  He was armed with a black revolver.  The vehicle was last see turning east on Spottswood.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in investigating these incidents.  The University police will also increase their focus in the area.

You are encouraged to use additional caution when entering and exiting your vehicle, and to always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.  If you notice any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately.  The emergency number for the University Police is 901-678-4357 (678-HELP).  Please program our number into your cell phone’s speed dial.  The Memphis Police can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

If you have any information related to these incidents, please notify the Memphis Police Department or the University Police.  The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.

 

June 17, 2012

The University of Memphis and Police Services are issuing this message in an effort to continue to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

At approximately 1:20 AM, a pizza delivery driver was approached at Patterson and Southern by a white male, in his early twenties, clean shaven, brown curly hair, in a small blue SUV, possibly bearing TN/486PKK.  The man indicated he had a weapon, but none was seen.  The driver surrendered a small amount of cash to the suspect who drove South on Patterson from the scene.  The victim was not injured. 

If you notice anyone or anything suspicious, please contact the police immediately. The emergency number for the University Police is 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s speed dial. The Memphis Police can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS). 

If you have any information related to this incident, please notify the Memphis Police Department or the University Police. The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu, or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.

May 14, 2012

The University of Memphis and Police Services are issuing this message in an effort to continue to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Over the past weekend, two armed robberies were reported in the area south of the main campus.The incidents occurred less than 6 hours apart. None of the victims were injured. Both incidents were reported to the Memphis Police Department.For the general locations, refer to the red boxes on the map at the end of this message.

Friday, May 11, 10:07 PM - 600 block of Patterson
As reported by the victim, as she was entering her home, an African-American male came up behind her, pushed her into the house and demanded personal items. The male was armed with a small silver handgun. He was described as 6’0”, 180 lbs., wearing a green zip-up “hoodie” and dark shorts. The male left the area by getting into the passenger side of a dark-colored, 4-door sedan, which was apparently waiting on Spottswood.

Saturday, May 12, 3:20 AM - 3700 block of Carnes

The victim reported that two African-American males entered her residence through an unlocked door and demanded money and other items. The first male was described as wearing a red and black “Chicago Bulls” hat, black tee shirt, dark jeans, and was armed with a silver handgun. The second male was reported to have been wearing a white tee
shirt and jeans.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department (MPD) in the investigation of these incidents. You are encouraged to use additional caution when out at night, and to always be aware of your surroundings. 


If you notice anyone or anything suspicious, please contact the police immediately. The emergency number for the University Police is 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s speed dial. The Memphis Police can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS). 

If you have any information related to these incidents, please notify the Memphis Police Department or the University Police. The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu, or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.

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