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November 13, 2013

UPDATE (11/18/2013): University Police have obtained a warrant for the man described in the alert below.

University police are investigating a report of a man exposing himself today in the McWherter Library. The matter reportedly occurred around 10:10 AM. The man is described as African-American and in his early 20s, 5’6” in height, average build, light complexion, with a mustache and short black hair. He was possibly wearing glasses, a light red knit cap, a black insulated jacket, and light-colored pants, possibly gray. The man was carrying a black backpack with red borders. If you have any information concerning this incident, please contact Police Services at 901-678-4357.

 

August 14, 2013

An off-campus robbery was reported to the Memphis Police Department (MPD) early this morning, August 14, 2013.  The robbery occurred around 12:35AM in the 3500 block of Mynders.  A non-student, adult male reported he was walking to his off-campus home when he was approached from behind by a man who demanded that the male empty his pockets.  The male complied, and he was not injured.

The man responsible was reportedly armed with a handgun, possibly a small, black automatic pistol.  He was described as African-American, 19-20 years old, 5’10”, slim build, 120-130 lbs., and was wearing an orange short-sleeve shirt, dark shorts, and a black hat/cap.  It is believed the man left the area westbound on Mynders toward Highland in a mid-2000s, silver automobile, possibly a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire or Chevrolet.  The University Police are interested in identifying the vehicle in the photo below, which is missing both hubcaps on the passenger side and the rear hubcap (as shown) on the driver’s side, and has damage on the rear of the driver’s side.

The University Police are assisting the MPD with the investigation. If you have any information about this incident, the Memphis Police Department can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS). The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php.

 

April 8, 2013

A robbery that occurred around 11:00 PM last night, Sunday, April 7, 2013, was reported to the University Police this afternoon. Three males reported they were walking through the parking lot near Southern and Houston last night when a gray 1980s Cadillac 4-door pulled beside them. A male passenger displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded their cell phones. The three males ran from the area and no property was taken. The Cadillac, which was further described as sitting lower in the back and with a Tennessee license plate, was last seen east bound on Southern.

The male passenger was described as African-American, 19-21 years old, 5'6", 140-150 lbs., wearing a red or orange baseball cap, a red shirt, and gray jeans. The only description of the driver was that he was a young, African-American male.

The University Police are investigating this incident with assistance from the Memphis Police Department (MPD). The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone's "speed dial." The Memphis Police Department can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s "speed dial." The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php. Additionally, you can contact the Tiger Escort Program, which provides escorts from dusk until dawn, by calling 901-678-4663/HOME.

 

March 27, 2013

The University Police learned that an off campus robbery was reported to the Memphis Police Department (MPD) earlier this afternoon. A male reported that around 1:15 PM today, Thursday, March 27, 2013, as he was walking near Spottswood and Minor, a man in a vehicle pointed a handgun at him and demanded his cell phone. The male complied and was not injured. The man left with two other men in a green Pontiac Grand Am with Mississippi license plates, westbound toward Highland. All three men were described as African-American. No further descriptions at this time.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in investigating this incident. The Memphis Police Department can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s "speed dial." The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php. Additionally, you can contact the Tiger Escort Program, which provides escorts from dusk until dawn, by calling 901-678-4663/HOME.

 

March 7, 2013

The Memphis Police Department responded to a call around 9:00 PM tonight on Houston Street near Spottswood Avenue. A male and female reported they were approached by two men, one of whom had a handgun and demanded and took personal items from them. The men left the area southbound in a vehicle. No one was injured.

The men involved were both described as African-American. The man with the dark handgun was described as 6’ tall, 30-40 years old, thin build. The second man was described as 6’ tall, 25-30 years old, medium build, with stud earrings in both ears, wearing a black toboggan cap and a dark jacket. The car involved was described as a small, dark-color compact car. No further descriptions are available at this time.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in investigating this incident. The Memphis Police Department can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s "speed dial." The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php. Additionally, you can contact the Tiger Escort Program, which provides escorts from dusk until dawn, by calling 901-678-4663/HOME.

 

February 24, 2013

Earlier this morning, the Memphis Police Department responded to an off campus call. An adult male reported he was walking at Spottswood and Patterson at 2:40 AM when he was approached by a man who pointed a handgun at him and demanded personal items. The man left in a vehicle that was last seen westbound on Southern Avenue toward South Highland Street. The adult male was not injured.

The man involved was described as African-American, wearing a gray, hooded jacket. The car involved was described as a late model (newer), dark-color hatchback. No further descriptions are available.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in investigating this incident. The Memphis Police Department can be contacted at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS).

The University Police can be contacted at 901-678-4357 (678-HELP). Please program our number into your cell phone’s "speed dial." The University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.php. Additionally, you can contact the Tiger Escort Program, which provides escorts from dusk until dawn, by calling 901-678-4663/HOME.

 

February 21, 2013

Around 9:00 PM last night, Thursday, February 21, 2013, the Memphis Police Department responded to a call in the 3600 block of Watauga, west of the main campus.  An adult male reported he was walking westbound on Watauga around 8:55 PM when he was approached by a man who pointed a handgun at him and told him to get on the ground.  A resident of the street yelled at the man who immediately ran west and got into a waiting car that left toward South Highland Street.  The adult male was not injured.

The male involved was described as African-American, age 19 to 24, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, 150 to 160 lbs., wearing a tan/light-colored hooded jacket.  The car involved was described as a late 90s to mid-2000s, blue or silver, mid-sized four-door car.  The driver was not seen.

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

If you have any information related to this incident, please notify the Memphis Police Department at 901-545-2677 (545-COPS) or the University Police.  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 University Police can also be contacted at police@memphis.edu or anonymously at http://www.memphis.edu/police/confidential.phpAdditionally, you can contact the Tiger Escort Program, which provides escorts from dusk until dawn, by calling 901-678-4663/HOME.

 

January 17, 2013

On Thursday January 17, 2013, at 12:15 PM, a male student was approached near Patterson and Midland by two males who engaged him in conversation and followed him into an off campus building at that location. While the student and one of the males were sitting at a table, the student laid his backpack on the table. The seated male grabbed the backpack, and both males ran out the rear door. The student ran after the two males but stopped when they yelled something about a weapon. No weapon was seen, and the student was not injured. The two males got into a four-door, dark-colored vehicle, possibly a 2006 Ford Edge, driven by a third male.

The male who took the backpack was described as African-American, 5’6” to 5’7” tall, 160 to 170 lbs., age 19 to 23, dark complexion, fade hair cut shaved on the side, wearing a black skull cap and a purple braided belt. No other clothing description was available. 

The second male was described as African American, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, age 19-23, dark complexion, fade hair cut with a design on the side. No clothing description was available. No description was available on the driver of the vehicle.

The University Police will assist the Memphis Police Department in investigating this off-campus incident. The University police will also increase their focus in the area.

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.

As we begin a new semester, you are encouraged to always be aware of your surroundings. 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, you are encouraged to use the Tiger Escort Program, which is available from dusk until dawn by calling 901-678-4663.


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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