UW Oshkosh Safety Bulletin
SAFETY BULLETIN MARCH 7, 2012
The following are two Safety Bulletins from incidents that occurred near campus in the last few days. The Oshkosh Police Department is handling the investigations as they happened off campus. The incidents are not related but did occur within 48 hours of each other. If you have any information related to these incidents please contact the Oshkosh Police at (920) 236-5700. You can also contact the UW Oshkosh Police Department if you have any questions at (920) 424-1212.
On March 3, 2012 at approximately 12:50 a.m., in the 800 block of Wisconsin Street, several UW Oshkosh students were throwing snow balls and a snow ball hit a moving vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle stopped and ran after the students who fled into the local apartments. One student was confronted by one of the occupants of the vehicle and that occupant pointed a handgun at the person and wanted to know who threw the snowball. The suspects in the case eventually left the scene and nobody was injured.
DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT
- It was reported that there were 4-6 people coming from the suspect vehicle.
- All occupants were described Asian Males of varying heights.
- One male had a shaved head. No further information was available.
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE
- The vehicle was described as a black, 4-door, Integra or Acura
A UW Oshkosh student was walking home from the Student Rec and Wellness Center on Sunday March 4, 2012 between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The student was stopped by a male subject on Woodland Avenue near Elmwood Avenue. The male subject had on a baggy hooded sweatshirt, was approximately 5'10" – 6' tall, and had a medium build. The victim could not make out any distinguishing features of the perpetrator due to a hood masking his face. The suspect pointed something from inside the sweatshirt, which the student believed to be a handgun (although it was not revealed). The suspect demanded money from his wallet which was turned over and the suspect ran from the scene. There were no reported injuries.
There was no information from either investigation that pointed to this being an ongoing threat. However, an informed community is a safer community. In addition, solving these types of crimes often involve assistance from the community. Therefore, if you have any information regarding these crimes please contact the Oshkosh Police or the UW Oshkosh Police at the numbers listed above.
Chief Joseph LeMire
UW Oshkosh Police Department
Please use the UW Oshkosh Police Department CSO Safe Walk program when moving about late at night. Learn more about the Safe Walk program.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION
Students, staff and faculty are always reminded to practice good personal safety habits and to maintain situational awareness.
- Report any incident as soon as possible.
- Plan ahead so that when you walk you are visible to other people.
- When walking choose open, well-lit, and well-traveled areas.
- When walking be aware of your surroundings at all times by making eye contact with passers-by and glancing occasionally behind you.
- If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person/vehicle persists, run to the nearest place where you will find other people and call for help.
- Go to a public place where you can call the police whenever you feel threatened.
- Always carry a cellular phone with the police as your number 1 speed dial choice.
- Consider carrying pepper spray and or a personal alarm.
- If you feel threatened remember to utilize the blue light emergency phones on campus. They are a direct link to the University Police Department.
- Do not engage in conversation with unknown individuals, especially if threatening language or insults have been used.
- Do not display money.
- If you have any questions about personal safety, please contact the University Police at (920) 424-1212 (x1212 if on a campus phone system).