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Police Beat

Assault victim treated

A campus visitor was found May 16 in the Taubman Medical Library with head injuries reportedly sustained in an assault at a homeless campsite. The victim was treated and released at the U-M Emergency Department. The case is inactive as the victim has disappeared.

Materials taken from construction site

Wire cable valued at $1,000 and a $450 crimping tool were reported stolen May 2 from the Computer Science and Engineering Building construction site. No suspects have been identified.

Two arson fires cause limited damage

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers responded to two outdoor fires in May. About 4 a.m. May 16, officers discovered a blazing couch in the intersection of Hill and Division streets. The Ann Arbor Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. At 1 a.m. May 17, officers extinguished burning papers on an outdoor bulletin board near the Diag. There was no damage.

DPS continues robbery, burglary investigations

DPS officers continue to investigate the May 2 robbery of a visitor to the Comerica Bank ATM in Wolverine Tower. An out-of-state businessman reported that after he had withdrawn cash from the machine, two white men approached him and one man punched him in the stomach. After taking $200 from the victim, the suspects fled in an older, rusty pick-up truck that may have been a blue Ford or Chevrolet. Both suspects were described as approximately 6 feet tall, about 20 to 30 years old, with medium builds and unshaven faces.

Officers also continue to investigate a rash of burglaries at Central Campus buildings in April and May, including a May 11 incident at the William Davidson Hall in which dozens of office doors were damaged and five laptops and a projector were stolen. The suspects have been described as between 19 and 21 years old. One is 5 feet, 11 inches and the other an inch or two shorter.

Special enforcement efforts catch many

Recently, DPS officers participated in several special enforcement efforts targeting speeding and lack of seatbelt usage in the campus area.

During the final two weeks of May, radar-trained police officers responded to increased complaints of speeders on North Campus. Prior to the enforcement effort, officers found close to 50 percent of North Campus drivers were traveling in excess of 30 mph, which is
5 mph over the posted speed limit. During the special enforcement, more than 200 vehicles were stopped for excessive speeds, 143 citations were issued and four people were arrested on other charges. After the targeted enforcement, the percentage of speeders dropped to 20 percent.

DPS officers also joined forces with other law agencies in the county who participated in the nationwide seatbelt enforcement effort, Click It or Ticket, from May 23-June 5. During the two-week period, DPS officers made 641 traffic stops on campus-area streets. They issued 277 citations for safety belt violations—including three for child restraint violations—made 15 arrests and issued an additional 198 citations for other infractions.

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