The University Record, March 18, 1998

Police Beat

By Rebecca A. Doyle

Student charged with stalking

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers arrested a U-M student Feb. 26 on charges of aggravated stalking. According to the complainant, a female resident student, the man had tried to contact her more than 100 times since she broke off her relationship with him, including leaving her e-mail and voice mail messages, waiting outside her residence hall and following her to and from classes. Aggravated stalking is a felony punishable by up to five years in prisonor a $10,000 fine.

The man is out on bond, pending a March 18 hearing in 15th District Court.

Man charged with embezzlement

A man who was a part-time employee of the University and a student has been charged with embezzlement over $100. He was arrested March 3 after DPS officers developed information involving larceny and misappropriation of University equipment. The felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

He has been released on personal bond and is scheduled to appear in 15th District court on March 25 for a pre-conference hearing.

DPS officer hurt in confrontation

A DPS officer was injured during a confrontation with a University Hospitals employee on March 10. The employee had been called in for a disciplinary review conference, and DPS officers had been asked to stand by in case the man became violent. During the interview, the man became angry and left, pushing past an officer who tried to detain him. The officer informed the man that he was under arrest on two outstanding warrants from other law enforcement agencies, and the man fled.

The U-M officer called for backup and the man was physically detained and placed under arrest. In the process of arresting the man, the officer suffered an injured wrist. The man was charged with resisting arrest and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Each of the two counts is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison or a $1,000 fine. He was arraigned March 12 and the case is pending.

Officers investigate two sexual assaults

University police officers are investigating two incidents of criminal sexual assault, 3rd degree. The first incident was reported to DPS on March 8 and allegedly took place at 4 a.m. Feb. 13. The complainant, a female resident of South Quadrangle Residence Hall, said that a man came to her room in the early morning and assaulted her. She said that the man was known to her and that he also is a U-M student. No arrest has been made and police are continuing their investigation.

DPS officers also are looking into reports by a female student who says that she was sexually assaulted by a man on Feb. 22. In her Feb. 24 report to DPS, she said that they had returned to his residence hall room following a party. The incident is also still under investigation.

Robbery reported near Mason Hall

A 50-year-old man called DPS at approximately 1 a.m. on March 3 to report that he had been robbed while walking toward his car. He said that he was grabbed by two men, who held him down while a woman went through his clothing and removed about $80. Police are still investigating the incident.

Rash of burglaries causes alarm

DPS Capt. James Smiley says that a series of breaking and entering reports have been received from the Northwood V housing area. Eight separate incidents were reported to DPS on Feb. 22, and Smiley says that police investigation has narrowed the time of the alleged burglaries to between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. that morning. Smiley says that officers believe more than one suspect was involved. Reported missing were electronic equipment, money, jewelry and miscellaneous other items. The Ann Arbor Police Department, which is working closely with DPS, has recovered three VCRs that may be from these burglaries.

Smiley urges anyone who may have information or have seen anything suspicious or unusual on the date of the alleged burglaries to call the DPS detectives at 763-1131 or the Witness Information Network, 1 (800) 863-1355.