WPI Campus Safety Notifications

June 03, 2014

Time

Late Morning – Early Afternoon

Location

Friday, May 16 -  Atwater Kent - Sunday, June 1 - Goddard Hall - Monday, June 2 – Goddard Hall

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny of bicycles:  WPI Police are investigating three thefts of bicycles over the past two months. In all instances the bicycles have been secured on bike racks with chains and the locks and/or chains have been cut.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open - WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department - (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency – (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Record the serial numbers of your bicycle. Always secure bike to a rack or fixed object when permitted and utilize U-bolt locks. 

U-bolts have been known to slow down bicycle thefts. Secure in a lighted area during darkness.

Do not leave bicycles unattended over longer periods of time.  

Always report any suspicious activity immediately.

Register your bicycle with the National Bike Registry. NBR- registered bikes are nine times more likely to be returned to owners than those bikes that are recovered without NBR registration.  For more details, call WPI Campus Police (508) 831-5433 and ask for Sergeant Michael Jacobs.   

May 08, 2014

Time

10:53 AM

Location

Boynton Hall – Project Center

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

SUSPICIOUS PERSON:  Employee reports a suspicious person walking through the office area of the Project Center and talking about needing money.  A second call is received from an employee from Boynton Hall reporting a suspicious person walking around looking for something.  Employees report similar descriptions.  WPI Police Officer observes an individual fitting the description exiting Boynton Hall. When the officer initiates the threshold inquiry the suspect pushes the officer and begins resisting.  A short foot pursuit ensues and the suspect is apprehended at Lancaster and Salisbury Streets.  

Suspect Description:  White male approximately 6 ft 205 pounds, black down vest and black baseball cap, wearing blue jeans.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

SUSPECT ARRESTED AND IN CUSTODY FOR – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer – Resisting Arrest and Trespassing on WPI Property.  Suspect is identified as Joshua P. Megarry.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Arresting Agency – Assist by WPD

Prevention Advice

Report suspicious activity immediately to the WPI Police or local law enforcement.

Trust your instincts. Avoid suspicious persons.

Never walk alone (particularly at night).  Stay in well-lit and well populated areas.

If you are suspicious of a approaching vehicle or person create some distance and prepare to react (Run and Yell for Help). 

Be a good witness. Note a vehicle description or suspect description.  

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508)831-6111.

April 30, 2014

Time

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at approximately 8:33 PM

Location On sidewalk at Highland St. and Berkshire St.
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

UPDATE on the threat to assault Incident. The Worcester Police and WPI Police have identified the suspect involved in this incident.  The subject has been trespassed from WPI property.     

Suspect description: White male, 50’s, 6-5,  235-250 lbs., light color hair, large build, wearing dark green jacket and blue jeans.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Worcester Police Department is handling the investigation.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508)831-6111.

April 29, 2014

Time

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at approximately 8:33 PM

Location

On sidewalk at Highland St. and Berkshire St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Threat to assault Incident.  On April 29, 2014 at approximately 8:33 PM, a student and a friend were walking on the sidewalk on Highland St. at Berkshire St. when they were confronted by a male who asked for money. When the student and friend refused to hand over money, the male suspect threatened them by saying he would hit them. The suspect then left on Berkshire towards Hamden St. While departing, he further remarked that he could do further harm to them. The WPI Police and Worcester Police Department were dispatched to the scene.  

Suspect description: White male, 50’s, 6-5,  235-250 lbs., light color hair, large build, wearing dark green jacket and blue jeans.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508)831-6111.

April 28, 2014

Time

Monday April 28, 2014 at approximately 7:30 PM

Location

Mobil Station, 185 Park Ave.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery. On 4/28/14, the WPI Police were notified by Worcester Police of an armed robbery that had occurred at the Mobil Station, 185 Park Ave. (located on Park Ave. at Institute Road).  During the robbery, the suspect brandished a handgun. There were no injuries. After the robbery, the suspect left on foot towards the Price Chopper Market.   

Suspect description:  Black Male, late 30’s to early 40’s, Height: 6-0, thin build, wearing a black sweat shirt with white lettering.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - Worcester Police Department are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

Do not resist the robber. The money is not worth risking your life.

Do not encourage the use of weapons against the robber.

Follow the robber's commands, but do not volunteer help.

Be observant and plan to be a good witness.

April 22, 2014

Time

Tuesday April 22, 2014 at approximately 10:55 PM

Location

Boynton Street Parking Lot

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault & Battery dangerous weapon, stalking. A student was getting into her parked car when she was forced into her car at knifepoint by a former male acquaintance (full name/ identity unknown). The male subject held object against her neck while speaking to her.  The suspect then departed the scene  The student sustained minor injury and received medical attention at the scene.  

Suspect description:  White Male, 24 YOA, 6-1, short curly black hair, clean shaven.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

April 14, 2014

Time

Monday April 14, 2014 at approximately 04:30AM

Location

Near the intersection of Schussler Rd. and Highland Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted unarmed robbery: On April 14, 2014, a female student was walking towards Honey Farms on Highland Street from her residence. While walking, the student was approached from behind by an unknown male suspect who grabbed her purse.  Unable to get the purse away from the student, the male suspect fled on foot east on Highland Street.  

Suspect description:  Suspect #1 is a light skinned male approximately 6 feet tall, stocky build with brown hair and a hoop piercing through his lip.  The suspect was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

March 19, 2014

Time

Wednesday March 19, 2014 at approximately 8:10 PM

Location

Near the intersection of Hackfeld St. and Institute Rd.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Malicious Destruction: On March 19, 2014, a male visitor was standing near his vehicle parked on Hackfeld Rd. near Institute Rd. While in the immediate vicinity of his vehicle, the male witnessed 5 young males approach a car parked directly in front of his and tried to gain access through the locked driver’s side door.  Unable to get into the vehicle, the subjects shot out the left side windows of that vehicle , then turned to the victim’s vehicle and shot out the side and rear windows.  All 5 subjects fled on foot in the direction of Highland Street.  Subsequent vehicles on Roxbury Street also sustained window damage consistent with gunfire.  The suspected weapon is an airsoft pellet gun.  The same 5 individuals are also suspected to be connected to a house window being shot out on Trowbridge St. approximately 20 minutes earlier.  

Suspect descriptions:  Suspect #1-4: All Black males, approximately 17-20 years of age wearing dark clothes, a dark colored hoodie with the hood strings pulled tight around his face, Suspect Number 5 – White Male approximately 17-20 years of age wearing dark clothes, a dark colored hoodie with the hood strings pulled tight around his face.  No further description is available at this time.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

February 19, 2014

Time

Approximately 6:20PM

Location

Intersection of Institute Road at Grove Street – (adjacent to the Worcester Memorial Auditorium)

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault and Battery: WPI Student reported yesterday evening that on 2/19/2014 at approximately 6:20PM he was walking toward WPI when an unknown male standing on the sidewalk blocked his path and uttered a derogatory statement.  The student did not reply at which point the unknown male began to strike him in the mid section with a flag pole.  The student stated his hands were in his pockets so most of the strikes impacted his hands.  The student was able to maneuver around the suspect and continued in a hurried fashion toward WPI.  The suspect did not pursue after the student.  

Suspect Description is as follows:  Dark skinned Hispanic male or a light skinned African American male, thin build approx. 6ft tall.  He was holding a flag pole approximately 5ft long with a diameter of 1.5 inches.  There was a flag attached to the pole, unknown origin.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Active Investigation Worcester Police Department – WPI Police.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433- EMERGENCY DIAL (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508) 831-6111.

February 19, 2014

Time

Approximately 12:58PM

Location

Intersection of West Street and Dayton Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon/Shooting: WPI Police were notified by the Worcester Police Department on February 19, 2014 at approximately 2:30PM on the following information – WPD responded to ST. Vincent Hospital for the report of a gunshot wound. According to the victim (non-WPI affiliated), she was walking alone from her apartment toward the Sunrise Convenience Store at 80 West Street.  While near the intersection of West Street and Dayton Street, she heard a loud bang and felt a pain in her right leg.   No suspect description, nobody was seen.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Active Investigation Worcester Police Department. – WPD canvassed area, for evidence and witnesses.  Anyone with any information please contact the WPD Detective Bureau Major Crimes Division at 508 799-8651.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433- EMERGENCY DIAL (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508) 831-6111.

January 30, 2014

Time

January 30, 2014 – Approximately 3:07PM

Location

Fuller Labs – Sports and Recreation Center

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny from Building/Suspicious Person: WPI Police were notified on January 30, 2014 at approximately 3:15PM that an IPhone was stolen from an office in Fuller Labs.  Just prior to that theft, WPI police were searching for a suspicious person reported by employees at the Sports and Recreation Center.  A description of the individual was obtained and has been linked to both locations.   

The suspect description is as follows:  A White male, facial hair (few days growth), approximately 6’ height, scar on nose under eye.  Wearing black jacket, black hat covering the head. White framed sunglasses positioned on top of head, black shoes with white laces, blue pants, grey and black backpack with white accents around zippers with buckles.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Active Investigation WPI Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433- EMERGENCY DIAL (508) 831-5555

Prevention Advice

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508) 831-6111.

January 29, 2014

Time

Tuesday evening January 28, 2014 after 11:00PM

Location

85 Prescott Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Suspicious Person: Worcester Police Department notified WPI Police on Wednesday January 29, 2014 of the following – On Tuesday January 28, 2014 at approximately 11:00PM an unknown male was chasing women and harassing them in the parking lot of 85 Prescott Street.  The suspect entered the building and a nurse chased him out. Suspect description:  White male, short – wearing a black jacket and black winter hat. No other description available.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508)831-6111.

December 16, 2013

Time

Monday, December 16, 2013 at approximately 6:28 PM

Location

On sidewalk at Highland St. and West St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Suspicious Persons/ Disorderly Conduct Incident.  On December 16, 2013 at approximately 6:28 PM, a female student was walking on the sidewalk on Highland St. at West St. when two males intentionally blocked her passage on the sidewalk. As the student attempted to step by, one male called her a derogatory name, the other took a step towards her with his arm extended out as if to grab her. The student quickly stepped into a business establishment and evaded further contact. The WPI Police and Worcester Police Department were dispatched to the scene.

Description: two males, possibly Hispanic or black, thin builds, 6 feet 2 inches, black curly hair, wearing dark clothing, one wearing a gray wool cap.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service - (508)831-6111.

October 16, 2013

Time

Wednesday October 16, 2013 at approximately 8:20 PM

Location

In a back yard in between Institute Rd and Elbridge Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Attempted Robbery: On Wednesday October 16, 2013, a student was walking through yards between Institute Rd and Elbridge Street. The student was approached by a male who attempted to take a laptop the student was carrying. The suspect was unable to get the laptop from the victim. The suspect fled on foot from the backyard in the direction of Institute Rd.

Suspect description:  Approximately mid 20 year old white male, between 5’8”- 6’0” , medium build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.  No other description available.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

September 07, 2013

Time

Saturday, September 07, 2013 Approximately 10:28PM

Location

Vicinity of Hackfeld Road and Institute Road.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Armed Robbery: On 09/07/13, at 10:28 PM, a student was walking by the Hackfeld Lot towards Institute Road when approached from behind by a male.  The male held a dark hard object against his back and demanded cash and his cellphone. The student was able to evade and walk away unharmed.

Description:  Black Male, about 25 years old, 6’ tall, 150lbs, thin/scrawny build wearing a t-shirt and dark shorts.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Servie - (508)831-6111.

August 29, 2013

Time

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at approximately 03:42AM Reported to Worcester Police – Reported to WPI Police 08:51AM

Location

Boynton Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery/Stabbing: On August 29, 2013, at approximately 03:42 hrs., Worcester Police were notified and responded to ST. Vincent Hospital for a stabbing victim that walked into the Emergency Room.  The male victim (Non-WPI student) reported he left a fraternity party somewhere on Boynton Street., and was walking to his vehicle when he was accosted by 3 black males.  The victim stated the 3 suspects demanded his money.  The victim did not comply and was stabbed and robbed of $30 in cash.   

Suspect description: Suspect #1: Black male, had “corn rolls”.  Suspect #2 was wearing a blue “do-rag”.  No other descriptions available.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau – Major Crimes – Anyone with information contact Detective Bureau @ 508 799-8651

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department Main Phone– (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment. Always trust your instincts! Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. If they may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

August 22, 2013

Time

ARREST made by Worcester Police Department.

 Thursday, August 22, 2013 at approximately 8:20 PM.

Location

Near the intersection of Highland Street and Sever Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery: On August 22, 2013, two students were walking  near the intersection of Highland Street and Sever Street. The students were approached by a male and forced to accompany him to the Shop and Save on Highland Street. The suspect demanded that the student’s purchase goods for him at the store. The suspect fled on foot eastbound on Highland Street.

Suspect description:  Approximately 30 year old Hispanic male, between 5’7”- 5’9” , 160 lbs, medium build wearing a dirty gray/white tank top, dark pants, dark sneakers with light colored soles, bald with a goatee and a tattoo of a cross on his right upper bicep.  No other description available.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

ARREST made by Worcester Police Department, suspect Randy Lee Carr 279 Grafton Street Worcester, MA.  

Charges: Unarmed Robbery and Disorderly Conduct.

 

 

 

 

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

August 09, 2013

Time

Friday August 9, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Location

Boynton Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Sexual Assault, Assault & Battery:  A female student was walking on Humboldt Street near Institute Park when she was confronted by a male party who knocked her to the ground. The female broke free and ran towards Salisbury Street and Boynton Street.  She was stopped several times along Boynton Street by the pursuing suspect and brief struggles took place. The student was eventually able to break free and ran to a local Highland Street business where police were called to the scene. The student was not injured. Police quickly located the suspect who was subsequently arrested.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Arrest made. Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are continuing the investigation.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

July 15, 2013

Time

Thursday, July 11, 2013 at approximately 10:00 AM  (Reported to Campus Police on 7/14/13, 10:39 AM).

Location

On the Quad near the Beechtree Circle.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Suspicious Motor Vehicle / Person: The incident was reported by a Frontier’s Program camp counselor after learning of the incident that occurred on Thursday, 7/11/13 at approximately 10:00 AM.  A camper was walking on the Quad near the Beechtree Circle when a male operating a black Audi with tinted windows stopped and spoke to the camper. The male 35 – 40 years of age wearing aviator sunglasses asked the student is she needed help finding her class or if she needed a ride. The incident ended with no further conversation.   

The camper saw the same vehicle a second time on Saturday, 7/13/13 at approximately 1:00 PM as the vehicle entered the Quad on the service road between Riley Hall and Daniels Hall. There was no contact made between parties.

Suspect description:  Male, 35 – 40 years of age, mustache, wearing aviator glasses.

Motor vehicle description: Black Audi with tinted windows.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 business line,  EMERGENCY (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Always immediately report suspicious activity to the WPI Police by calling the emergency telephone line at 508-831-5555 or utilizing emergency blue light telephones located throughout the campus.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service at (508) 831-5433 during summer months.  

June 04, 2013

Time

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at approximately 9:40 PM

Location

Near the intersection of Boynton St. and Institute Rd.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery: On June 4, 2013, a student was walking  near the intersection of Boynton Street and Institute Road. The student was approached by a male and chased to approximately 8 Boynton Street. The suspect demanded the student’s wallet however returned it intact. The suspect fled on foot in the direction of Highland Street.

Suspect description:  Suspect #1: Black male, approximately 5’6”-5’8”, 250 lbs, heavy set with a round face, low pitched voice wearing a white hat, white shirt, dark pants and sneakers.  No other description available.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

June 04, 2013

Time

1. Incident 1: Friday, May 31, 2013, report received at 7:48 PM.

2. Incident 2: Monday, June 3, 2013, report received at 6:33 AM.

Location

1. Salisbury Street

2. Schussler Road

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

1. Breaking & Entering; Larceny: On 5/31/13, between 2:00 AM – 7:00 AM, a residence (unoccupied) was entered through an insecure first floor window. Stolen from the residence was a wall mounted TV and mounting bracket. 

2. Breaking & Entering; MV theft; Larceny: On 6/2/13 – 6/3/13, between 10:30 PM – 5:00 AM, a residence (occupied) was entered through an insecure first floor window. Stolen from the residence were personal property including a wallet and the resident’s motor vehicle that had been parked in the driveway.     

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open - Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8606 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency –(508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433.

March 22, 2013

Time

Thursday March 21, 2013 at approximately 9:30 PM (Reported: 3/22/13, 8:49 AM)

Location

At the intersection of Boynton St. and Elbridge St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery: On March 21, 2013, a student was walking on Boynton St. near the intersection of Elbridge Street, when the student was approached from behind by a male and pushed down to the ground. The suspect grabbed the student’s IPhone as it fell from her purse. The suspect fled on foot on Elbridge St. where was joined by two other males apparently waiting on Elbridge St.

Suspect descriptions: Suspect #1: male, dark complexion. No further description.  Suspect #2 & #3. Males. No further descriptions.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

March 18, 2013

Time

Monday, March 18, 2013, report received at 9:11 PM

Location

Williams St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Breaking & Entering: On 3/18/13, 6:30 PM, a student was doing homework in his Williams Street 1st floor apartment bedroom when he heard noise in the kitchen. As he checked the room, he saw a male coming through a kitchen window. The perpetrator immediately fled from the apartment.  No other description could be provided. Entry was gained by the suspect opening an unlocked exterior window.   

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open - Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8606 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency –(508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately.    

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

March 07, 2013

Time

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - reported at 11:42 AM

Location

Highland Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Breaking & Entering: On 3/7/13 at 11:42 AM, a student was sleeping in his Highland St. 2nd floor apartment bedroom when he was awaken by noise in the apartment. At that point his bedroom door began to open and then close.  The perpetrator (unknown description) immediately fled from the apartment. There were several other unoccupied rooms in the apartment that were entered by the suspect. At this time, it is unknown if property theft occurred. Entry was gained by prying the apartment backdoor.   

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8606 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency –(508) 831-5555

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately.    

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 6111.

January 30, 2013

Time

Wednesday January 30, 2013 at approximately 8:15 PM

Location

At the intersection of West Street and John Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery: On 1/30/2013 at 8:15 PM, a student was walking northbound on West Street at the intersection of John Street, when he was approached from behind by two male suspects and thrown face down on to the ground.  The suspects demanded and retrieved cash from the student then fled on foot in the direction of Highland Street.  The student was not injured.

Suspect descriptions: Suspect #1: male, approximately 5’10”-6’ in height.  No further description.  Suspect #2: no description available but spoke with a Hispanic accent.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

January 28, 2013

Time

Monday, January 28, 2013 at approximately 1:18 AM

Location

Russell St. residence, in the vicinity of Price Chopper.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Home Invasion: On 1/28/2013 at 1:18 AM, WPI Officers and WPD Officers were dispatched to a Russell Street residence regarding a home invasion. Two WPI students, residents of the apartment and one guest were present when the incident occurred. One of the residents responded to a knock on the door by opening and allowing admittance of three suspects into the apartment. The suspects demanded money and one suspect brandished a black gun. The suspects quickly departed as a resident made known the identity of one of the suspects. One cell phone was stolen. There were no injuries. A black colored plastic gun was recovered in the first floor hallway of the apartment building.  

Suspect Descriptions:

#1: Black male, height approximately 6 feet, heavy set, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black clothing covering his face.

#2: Black male, height approximately 5”9”, thin build, wearing a black coat, black ski mask.

#3: White male, approximately 5’9”, thin build, wearing a light blue jacket, blue hooded sweatshirt and matching color ski mask.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

ARREST of ONE SUSPECT:  On 1/28/13, 4:40 AM, the WPD Detectives arrested Michael Russell, 41 Cedar St., Worcester. Investigation to continue. Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

Always verify the identity of an unknown party before allowing access to your residence.  Immediately call Police if in doubt. Always trust your instincts! Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the perpetrator is telling you. The suspect may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a suspect your wallet or other valuables, or let he/ she take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

January 27, 2013

Time

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at approximately 7:52 PM

Location

In the vicinity of 8 Boynton Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery: On 1/27/2013 at 7:52 PM a student was walking on Boynton Street and he felt a sharp object touch his clothing from behind. At that point, a suspect demanded and retrieved cash from the student. The suspect then fled on Boynton St. towards Highland St.  The student was not injured.  

Suspect description:Black male, 5-11, approximate age: 30,  wearing a thick black hooded jacket with fur on the front hood, baggy pants.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

December 01, 2012

Time

Friday, November 30, 2012 Approximately 9:00 PM

Location

Beechmont Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault & Battery by an airsoft pellet gun: On 11/30/12, 9:00 PM, a student was jogging on Beechmont Street when he was struck by an airsoft pellet discharged from a moving vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by two or more parties. The student saw the vehicle slow down while he was jogging. The student then felt the projectile strike him on his right shoulder and then bounce off his reflective vest. The student was not injured.  

Vehicle description: older model Toyota Corolla either tan or silver in color

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433.

Prevention Advice

Run, jog or walk with a known companion.

  • Run, jog or walk in a familiar area.
  • Do not run, jog or walk in a heavily wooded, poorly lighted or secluded area.
  • Particularly if running, jogging or walking alone, don’t wear radio or recorder earphones.
  • Do not run, jog or walk after dark. 
  • Do not run, jog or walk near bushes, which can provide concealment.
  • Wear bright colored clothing to improve your visibility.
  • Vary your route and pattern of running, jogging or walking.
  • Carry a whistle or high decibel battery powered personal alarm device when you run, jog or walk.
  • If followed, go to the nearest residence, open business or group of people. 
  • Carry your motor vehicle and/or home key with you.

November 05, 2012

Time

Monday November 5, 2012 at approximately 11:55 AM

Location

Washburn Labs Room 107

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Larceny:  On 11/5/12, at approximately 11:55 AM, an employee noticed a male subject carrying the employee’s personal laptop storage bag from the shop, room 107. The employee yelled at the suspect who immediately ran out the south ground level exit of Washburn Shops, turning left and running down the hill towards the Library Lot and Salisbury Street. The suspect dropped the bag containing the employee’s laptop computer as he fled the scene.     

Suspect description: White male, 20s – early 30,  6-0, heavy build, no facial hair, wearing light brown jacket, black baseball cap (with white lettering), also wearing a navy blue backpack.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- WPI Police are investigating.  Anyone who may have observed any suspicious activity specific to this incident should contact Officer Bob Vandal at 508-831-5433 or email police@wpi.edu.  

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency – (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Please be cognizant that pocketbooks, laptops, electronic devices and personal property becomes vulnerable to theft in buildings open during regular business hours. Offices, filing cabinets, storage receptacles should be locked, if staff is not present to monitor. Immediately report any suspicious person or activity to the WPI Police.  Please utilize the WPI Police STOP laptop and other electronic Identification Program by contacting Officer Chris Carpenter at 508-831-5433 or email cpcarpen@wpi.edu.      

October 27, 2012

Time

Saturday October 27, 2012 at approximately 2:20AM

Location

Intersection of Institute and Schussler

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery: On 10/27/2012 at 2:20 AM, a student was walking by the intersection of Institute Road and Schussler Street when approached  by one male. The suspect grabbed the students purse and fled on foot in the direction of Highland St. The student immediately escaped unharmed without further incident. The subject was pursued by another student who witnessed the suspect enter an older gray compact vehicle off Highland Street and drove away from WPI property.

Suspect descriptions: Suspect 1:  Hispanic male, 5-09 to 5-10, approximately 170-180 lbs,  wearing gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and had a long, bushy ponytail.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111.

October 26, 2012

Time

Reported:  Thursday October 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Location

Off Campus, Worcester

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Sexual Assault: At 10:55 PM, a female WPI student came into the WPI Police reporting she had been sexually assaulted by a WPI male student. The assault took place off campus in a private residence on October 23, 2012, between the hours of 4:00PM and 8:00PM. The Worcester Police Department was immediately notified, and together with the WPI Police, initiated an investigation. The female student was taken to the hospital and accompanied by a WPI counselor.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation is ongoing:  WPD Detective Bureau is the primary investigator with WPI Police assisting.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607; WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433. In the case of an EMERGENCY call 911

Prevention Advice

Sexual assault is forced or coerced sex. Tactics used can be either physical or emotional. Drugs may be used to render the victim unconscious and limit memory. The most common drug is Alcohol, with others being Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine which are odorless and tasteless. The use of drugs makes it harder to resist assault or to think clearly in a potentially dangerous situation.    

If you are attacked:

·Be alert.  Think, don’t panic.

There is no single best action to take if you are attacked. Your best defense is to be prepared and know your options and capabilities.

·Do whatever it takes to survive. Remember, you are the victim.  You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about.

Utilize SNAP for Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

October 22, 2012

Time

Note: There is a pattern of afternoon thefts.

Location

1.) 9/28/12:  Atwater Kent (exterior),  2.) 10/2/12:  Stoddard C (exterior),   3.) 10/7/12:  Stoddard B (exterior),  4.) 10/21/12:  Atwater Kent (exterior),  5.) 10/21/12:  Daniels Hall (exterior).

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny of bicycles:  Since 9/28/12, the WPI Police are investigating four thefts of bicycles and one attempt.  Manner of theft: 1.) Lock & chain cut while secured on a bike rack,  2.) Cable & lock cut while secured on a bike rack, 3.) Cable lock removed, 4.) Lock removed.  5.) Attempted Larceny of a Bicycle. On 10/21/12, 3:36 PM, the suspect attempted to cut the bike lock using bolt cutters however left the area as a witness arrived.

Incident #5 Suspect Description:  White male, 35 – 40 YOA, 5’ 8” ,goatee, wearing a brown hoodie and black backpack.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open -  WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency – (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Record the serial numbers of your bicycle. Always secure bike to a rack or fixed object when permitted. Secure in a lighted area during darkness. Do not leave bicycles unattended over longer periods of time.  Always report any suspicious activity immediately. Register your bicycle with the National Bike Registry. NBR- registered bikes are nine times more likely to be returned to owners than those bikes that are recovered without NBR registration.  For more details, call WPI Campus Police (508) 831-5433 or e-mail Officer Donna Welch at djwelch@wpi.edu. 

September 17, 2012

Time

Monday, September 17, 2012 Approximately 10:22 PM

Location

Vicinity West St. and Dayton St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Armed Robbery: On 9/17/12, 10:22 PM, a student was walking by the intersection of West Street and Dayton Street when approached from behind by two males. One suspect held a metal like object to his throat and demanded cash. The student immediately escaped unharmed without further incident. The suspects walked away towards the direction of Highland St.  

Suspect descriptions:

Suspect 1: Black or Hispanic male, 5-10 to 5-11, wearing black hooded sweatshirt

Suspect 2: Black or Hispanic male, 5-10 to 5-11, wearing black hooded sweatshirt

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police are investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment. Always trust your instincts! Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe. Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111

September 13, 2012

Time

Thursday September 13, 2012 Approximately 12:26 AM

Location

Vicinity of 65 Wachusett Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At 12:26 AM today, the Worcester Police Department investigated an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver (non-student or employee), in the vicinity of 65 Wachusett St.  The driver was in the process of making a delivery when he was confronted by the suspect who had walked from the direction of Salisbury St. onto Wachusett St.  After the suspect asked for directions to Main St., he demanded the driver empty his pockets of cash. The suspect was alleged to have carried a gun in the waist of his shorts. After the robbery, the suspect left on foot on Salisbury St. in the direction of the Art Museum.  Suspect Description:  Hispanic male, early 20 YOA, wearing shorts, black sneakers, blue & green striped sweatshirt.     

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department investigating agency

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – (508) 831- 6111

August 15, 2012

Time

Wednesday August 15, 2012 Approximately 1:45 PM

Location

Hackfeld Road

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Robbery:  At approximately 1:45 PM, two WPI students were walking in the area of 20 Hackfeld Road when they were confronted by two males. The males requested one student to telephone a cab for them. While doing so, one male grabbed an I Phone from the student. Both suspects fled on foot into the backyard of 12 Hackfeld Road. No injuries occurred and no weapon was used.        

Suspects (2) Descriptions:

Suspect 1: B/M, 20 YOA, 6-0, muscular build, black tee shirt, black shorts

Suspect 2: B/M, 20 YOA, 5-10, medium build, black shorts, blue Nike sneakers

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

July 09, 2012

Time

1:03PM

Location

79 Park Ave. – Salisbury Estates

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Break & Entering:  The resident of apartment 9 reported he heard a noise coming from his first floor window.  When he pulled up the blind he observed a light skinned Hispanic male lifting up the outer window screen.  The resident yelled out to the suspect, and the suspect ran off.  The suspect was last seen running down Park Ave. southbound toward Salisbury Street.

Suspect Description:  Hispanic Male – light skinned, 20 years of age, wearing a white tank top and long blue jean shorts.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency – (508) 831-5555

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately .    

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

June 29, 2012

Time

1.) 5/14/12,   2.) 5/21/12,   3.) 6/18/12,   4.) 6/27/12

Location

1.)  Alden Hall (beside exterior),  2.) East Hall (rack),  3.) Off Campus (Institute Rd.)  4.) 60 Prescott St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny of bicycles:  Since 5/1/12, the WPI Police are currently investigating four thefts of bicycles.  Manner of theft: 1.) Lock & chain cut while secured on a bike rack,  2.) Cable & lock cut while secured on a bike rack, 3.) Removed from porch of a dwelling house, 4.) Removed from cafeteria at the Gateway building.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open -  WPI Police investigating

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency – (508) 831-5555.

Prevention Advice

Record the serial numbers of your bicycle. Always secure bike to a rack or fixed object when permitted. Secure in a lighted area during darkness. Do not leave bicycles unattended over longer periods of time.  Always report any suspicious activity immediately. Register your bicycle with the National Bike Registry. NBR- registered bikes are nine times more likely to be returned to owners than those bikes that are recovered without NBR registration.  For more details, call WPI Campus Police (508) 831-5433 or e-mail Officer Donna Welch at djwelch@wpi.edu.    

March 16, 2012

Time

Thursday, March 15, 2012, reported at 11:40 PM

Location

Highland St. residence

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Burglary: On 3/15/12, 11:40 PM, four WPI students returned to their Highland St. apartment to discover a break-in and personal possessions stolen.  The break-in occurred sometime between 6:00 PM – 11:40 PM.  Entry was gained through a first floor bathroom window. Stolen property included electronics, lap top computers and camera.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency –(508) 831-5555

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately.    

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

March 15, 2012

Time

Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 4:40PM

Location

Corner of West Street and Institute Road Worcester MA

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Suspicious vehicle/person  

A WPI student reported to WPI Police today March 15, 2012 at 3:25PM that he was walking yesterday in the area of West and Institute Rd. when a van stopped and the male driver attempted to coerce him inside the vehicle by implying that the student had called for a ride.  The student refused, kept walking and took a picture of the vehicle.  There was also a second person within the vehicle.   The vehicle is described as a possible 10 -12 passenger van, bearing MA Registration LV 57672 – Color White with a red stripe along the side.  The vehicle has a cab on top with the lettering “Trinity”.   The driver is described as a black male.  The passenger was also described as a black male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Please contact WPI Police immediately if you see this vehicle or if you are approached.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation – OPEN – area colleges notified, WPD notified and investigating with WPI Police.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

 Please only use WPI transportation vehicles.  WPI SNAP vehicles are described as follows:  

SNAP 1: 2010  White Dodge Caravan

Plate: 778JT7

Passenger: 8

WPI Logo & SNAP telephone number on both sides  

SNAP 2: 2012 White Dodge Caravan

Plate: 795NM8

Passenger: 7

WPI Logo & SNAP telephone number on both sides  

SNAP 3: 2012 White Dodge Caravan :  

 Plate: 732NN8

Passenger: 7

WPI Logo & SNAP telephone number on both sides  

Gateway Shuttle:

Plate: 84AK77

Passenger: 10

WPI Logo with Gateway Shuttle lettering.  You can also refer to our website at http://www.wpi.edu/offices/police/transportation.html for pictures and additional information about our services. 

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

February 26, 2012

Time

1.  Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM, Reported at 1:29 PM

2.  Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM, Reported at 2:02 PM

Location

1.  Boynton St. residence

2.  Elbridge St. residence

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Burglaries:  During the past two days, two students have reported burglaries at their residences resulting in theft of personal property. In the 2/25 incident, entry was gained in an unoccupied residence by prying a rear door. In the 2/26 incident, at 4:00 AM, a student was awoken to a burglar exiting out a first floor window of the apartment.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433 WPI Police Emergency –(508) 831-5555

Prevention Advice

Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed. Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent.

Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera. Record the serial numbers of your property. Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time. Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away. Always report any suspicious activity immediately .    

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

February 19, 2012

Time

Sunday February 19, 2012 reported at 3:49 AM

Location

Bancroft Tower, Bancroft Tower Road, Worcester

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Sexual Assault: At 3:49 AM, a female student came into the WPI Police reporting she had been sexually assaulted by a male student. The assault took place off campus. The Worcester Police Department was immediately notified and together with the WPI Police began the investigation. The victim was transported to the hospital.  

At 6:30 AM, the suspect was detained by WPD. As a result of the investigation, the suspect was arrested by WPD and charged with two counts of rape.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation - Cleared by Arrest.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

Sexual assault is forced or coerced sex. Tactics used can be either physical or emotional. Drugs may be used to render the victim unconscious and limit memory. The most common drug is Alcohol, with others being Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine which are odorless and tasteless. The use of drugs makes it harder to resist assault or to think clearly in a potentially dangerous situation.   If you are attacked

·Be alert. The best prevention and resistance you can use against a rapist is your common sense.

·Think, don’t panic. There is no single best action to take if you are attacked. Your best defense is to be prepared and know your options and capabilities.

·Do whatever it takes to survive. Remember, you are the victim.  You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about. Rapists commit the crime, not the victim.  

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

February 04, 2012

Time

Saturday, February 4, 2012 at approximately 1:27 AM

Location

The public walking route along Highland St. to the Boynton and Elbridge St. vicinity

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Accosting:  A female student was accosted by a male as she walked from Wachusett St., along Highland St. to Boynton St. / Elbridge St. vicinity. The student had left a Wachusett St. residence and was walking along the described route. On Highland St., a male approached her, grabbed her by the arm and began to have conversation. The student pulled away and continued to walk as the male followed her to the area of Boynton St. and Elbridge St. where he stopped following her.  

Suspect Description: Black male, approximate age 21, height 5-5, thin build, clean shaven, wearing a dark grey hoodie sweat shirt, jeans.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment. Always trust your instincts!  If in doubt, immediately call Police and report suspicious activity.   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service– 508 831- 5433

January 12, 2012

Time

Monday December 26, 2011 Approximately 10:30 PM

Location

Mobil Station, 185 Park Ave.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  WPI Campus Police learned today (January 12, 2012) that the Worcester Police Department is investigating an armed robbery which took place on December 26, 2011 at the Mobil Station at 185 Park Avenue.  A male approached the locked front door of the Mobil Station and pointed a firearm towards the clerk inside through the window. The male suspect forced the clerk to open the front door. The suspect then entered the building and demanded cash. After receiving cash, the suspect fled the scene towards the backside of the building near Dover St.         

Suspect Description: White male, late 20’s to early 30’s, height: 5-6, medium build, wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirt that was pulled over his head, blue jeans, white sneakers.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department Detective Bureau

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment. Always trust your instincts!  If in doubt, immediately call Police and report suspicious activity.   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.

 Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service– 508 831- 5433

January 11, 2012

Time

Wednesday January 11, 2012 Approximately 11:11 PM

Location

Between Riley Hall and Daniels Hall, at the lower DH door

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At approximately 11:11 PM, a student attempting to enter Daniels Hall through the lower door was confronted by a male who robbed the student of his personal possessions. The suspect had approached the student from behind, touched the student’s neck with his hand and possibly with a knife while demanding the student’s personal possessions. The student gave the suspect his wallet and I phone. The suspect was wearing a bandana over his nose and mouth.  The suspect immediately fled on foot on Institute Rd. towards the West St. direction. The student was not injured.     

 The student first noticed the suspect walking on Prescott St. after parking his car in the Gateway Garage. As the student walked back to Daniels Hall, he noticed the suspect again walking behind him on Boynton St. near Founders Hall. The next time the suspect was observed was during the robbery at the lower Daniels Hall entrance between Riley Hall and Daniels Hall.  

Suspect Description: White or Hispanic male, approximately 18 YOA, height:5-7, weight: 150 lbs., wearing dark clothing: black hoodie with flap pockets on front, blue jeans, purple canvass sneakers with bright white soles.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment. Always trust your instincts!  If in doubt, immediately call Police and report suspicious activity.   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433.

December 21, 2011

Time

Unknown

Location

Off Campus 63-65 Wachusett St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Alleged Sexual Assault – WPI Campus Police has learned that the Worcester Police Department is investigating a report of alleged sexual assault that occurred on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 63-65 Wachusett St, an off-campus location.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open investigation - Worcester Police Department is the primary Investigating Agency. Because the investigation is on-going, there is no further information to disseminate at this time. WPI takes violence of any kind seriously, and WPI Campus Police are actively assisting the Worcester Police Department with this case.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department (508) 799 - 8600 – Emergency 911WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

We ask the WPI campus community to be alert to the following safety precautions:

If attending parties, go with friends and leave with those friends. Keep constant tabs on the whereabouts of your friends. Stay within the group and do not isolate yourself. Be aware of any alcohol or drug abuse at the party. Do not leave drinks unattended. Do not abuse alcohol or drugs. If you suspect someone is in danger, call the WPI police at 508-831-5555 or x5555.

Always utilize WPI's escort service. Call SNAP - 508-831-6111.

If you or one of your friends have been sexually assaulted, report the incident immediately to WPI Campus Police at 508-831-5555.

December 10, 2011

Time

Saturday December 10, 2011 Approximately 9:00 PM

Location

Dean Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault:  At approximately 9:00 PM, a resident of a Dean Street Fraternity House opened the front door in response to somebody knocking. As the brother opened the door, 5-6 black males rushed in and began assaulting the brother and several other brothers who came to the assist with the unknown suspects. Four to five suspects immediately fled from the house possibly towards Salisbury St. The brother were able to subdue one suspect until the suspect was placed under arrest by the WPI and Worcester Police. No weapons were involved in the incident.        

Suspects (6) Descriptions:Black males with varied clothing including jeans and hoodies.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

November 19, 2011

Time

Saturday November 19, 2011 at approximately 11:05 PM

Location

Institute Rd. at West St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Robbery and Assault:  At approximately 11:05 PM, two students were waiting for a SNAP pickup at Institute Rd. and West St. The students noticed two males sitting on a bench on Institute Rd. near the intersection, a third male was also present but standing. The males approached the students. One suspect pushed a student to the ground and unsuccessfully attempted to take the student’s purse. The second suspect took the second student’s purse. All three suspects immediately fled on foot several hundred feet south on West Street where they got into a dark colored sedan and sped away across Highland St. no weapons involved.

Suspects (3) Descriptions: White male, Black male, third male unknown race, ages unknown.One male was wearing a blue sweatshirt and baseball cap. No further descriptions.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

October 29, 2011

Time

Approximately 8:00 PM

Location

Hackfeld Rd. near Highland St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At approximately 8:00 PM, two students had just got into a parked car on Hackfeld Rd. near Highland St. when they were approached by four males suspects. The suspects opened the car’s doors, ordered the students from the car, demanded money and punched one student in the face, causing a minor injury. The other student was forced to remain face down on the street. The suspects took personal property from both students. One student reported a suspect pointed a hand gun at him. The suspects fled on foot on Highland St towards the Price Chopper Market.  

Worcester Police and WPI Police were assisted on scene by a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit.  

Suspects (4) Descriptions: White males, age unknown, wearing varied hoodies (each had a different colors: gray, black, blue) sweatpants and jeans. 

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

October 07, 2011

Time

Friday October 7, 2011 at approximately 3:20 AM

Location

Dix St. near the corner of Denny St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Unarmed Robbery:  At approximately 3:20 AM, a student was walking on Dix St. near the corner of Denny St. when he was approached by a Hispanic male. The suspect demanded cash from the student however the student fled without further contact with the suspect. The student was unharmed, no theft occurred and no weapon was displayed by the suspect.  

Suspect’s Description:  Male, Hispanic, early 20’s, 5’10, 160 lbs., wearing a Red Sox cap on backwards, dark jacket and dark jeans.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.  Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

August 27, 2011

Time

Saturday August 27, 2011 at approximately 11:12 PM

Location

Dayton St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At approximately 11:12 PM, three students were walking on Dayton St when they were approached from behind by two suspects, one a white male the other a black male. The white male held a knife to one student’s side and demanded everything they had. Cash was taken from one student. No injuries. The suspects fled by running along Dayton St. to Fruit St. where they fled the area in a four door vehicle.  

Suspect’s Description:  #1: White Male, early 20’s, 6-2, skinny, wearing striped shirt, armed with a folding type knife. #2: Black Male, early 20’s, 5-4 to 5-6, short hair, muscular build, wearing black tank top and armed with a baseball bat.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department And WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone or traveling in groups and aware of who is around you and surroundings.  Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  Always trust your instincts!   Know When To Back Down. Sometimes it is necessary to stand down and do what the criminal is telling you. They may have a gun, knife or other dangerous weapon. If so, the best thing you can do is cooperate. Give a mugger your wallet or other valuables, or let a thief take your purse if they are armed. It is better to lose your possessions than to risk great harm or even death. Even if you are uncertain if an assailant has a weapon, if there is a possibility, then your best bet may very well be to play it safe.

 Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

August 27, 2011

Time

Saturday August 27, 2011 at approximately 8:45 PM

Location

Elbridge St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At approximately 8:45 PM, a student was walking on the sidewalk near 21 Elbridge St. when he was confronted from behind by a black male. The male placed his finger, touching the student’s side, then demanded and took the student’s wallet. The suspect left on foot towards West St.     

Suspect’s Description: Black male, 5-8 to 5-9, thin build, wearing dark hoodie sweatshirt.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone and aware of who is around you and surroundings.   Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.   Always trust your instincts!      

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

August 26, 2011

Time

Friday August 26, 2011 at approximately 11:05 PM

Location

Hackfeld Rd near the Hackfeld Parking Lot

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Armed Robbery:  At approximately 11:05 PM, two students were walking on Hackfeld Rd. near the Hackfeld Parking Lot when they were confronted by a black male riding a bicycle and carrying an aluminum baseball bat. The male demanded the students empty their pockets however the students quickly ran towards the Stoddard plaza. The male left by bicycle south on Hackfeld Rd towards Highland St.      

Suspect’s Description: Black light skinned male, wearing a Halloween mask, white shorts, gray Tee shirt. 

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone and aware of who is around you and surroundings.   Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.   Always trust your instincts!      

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

August 25, 2011

Time

Thursday August 25, 2011 at approximately 9:20 PM

Location

Russell St. near Highland St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  At approximately 9:20 PM, two  students were walking on Russell St. near Highland St. when they were confronted by a black male riding a bicycle and carrying a baseball bat. The male demanded the backpack of one of the students. The male suspect took the backpack and left on Russell St towards Elm St.     

Suspect’s Description: Black male, wearing a black mask and clothing.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607 EMERGENCY CALL 911 WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone and aware of who is around you and surroundings.   Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable. Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.   Always trust your instincts!      

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

July 31, 2011

Time

Approximately 6:00 PM

Location

West St. near Elbridge St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery: At approximately 6:00 PM, a student was walking along West St. near Elbridge St. when he was confronted and robbed by a black male, in his 20’s. The suspect threatened the student with a screwdriver and then stole the student’s laptop computer and cash.


Suspect’s Description: Black male, skinny, 6 feet in height, approximately 20’s of age, wearing shorts, baseball cap and no shirt.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open- Worcester Police Department and WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – (508) 799-8607
EMERGENCY CALL 911
WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone and aware of who is around you and surroundings.
Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable.
Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.
Always trust your instincts!

June 14, 2011

Time

Approximately 2:30PM

Location

Corner of Boynton & Institute Road near access road at Skull Tomb.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault and Battery:  At approximately 2:30 PM, a student walking along the access road near Skull Tomb (corner of Boynton St. & Institute Rd.) was confronted by a group of 4-5 dark skinned youths, approximately 16 – 17 years old.  Comments were exchanged.  One male suspect punched the victim once in the face.  Suspects fled in the direction towards Highland Street.

Suspect’s Description:  4 - 5 dark skinned youths (4 males,  1 female) approximately 16 - 17 years old.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open-WPI Police investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT when you’re alone and aware of who is around you and your surroundings.  

Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who is vulnerable.

Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other places of concealment.  

Always trust your instincts!  

Utilize WPI Police for Escort Service – 508 831- 5433

December 15, 2010

Time

11:20 PM

Location

In the area of West Street near Dayton Street.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Armed Robbery:  At 11:20 PM, a student was walking on West Street near Dayton Street when he was approached by two subjects walking from the opposite direction. Each subject brandished a knife and demanded the student’s wallet. The student was able to flee the scene without further incident. 

Suspect description:

Suspect #1: Mexican or Hispanic male, early 20’s, wearing grey hoodie and dark jeans.

Suspect #2: Mexican or Hispanic male, early 20’s, wearing dark clothing with a red bandana.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open – under investigation by the WPI Police Department and the Worcester Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?
Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?
People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
Always trust your instincts! Walk in groups; avoid walking alone. When possible, always Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

December 11, 2010

Time

3:45 AM

Location

In the area of the Library Lot on Boynton St.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Armed Robbery:  At 3:45 AM this morning, a group of students walking in the area of the Library Lot on Boynton St. were confronted by a male. The male stated he wanted what was in a box carried by one student and that he had a gun. The robbery attempt was unsuccessful and the suspect fled on a bicycle. WPI officers apprehended the suspect moments later at Dean and Salisbury Street. No gun was found upon search of the suspect.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

SUSPECT ARRESTED and held for arraignment by Worcester Police Department for Attempted Armed Robbery, Threat to Commit a Crime and Possession of Cocaine. 

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?
Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?
People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
Always trust your instincts!
Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

December 08, 2010

Time

11:00 PM (approximately)

Location

Russell St. behind Price Choppers

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  On 12/8/10, 11:00 PM, a student was walking south on the sidewalk of Russell Street behind Price Chopper when he was approached from behind by two black males who demanded the student’s wallet. The suspects took cash from the wallet and then demanded the victim’s backpack. The suspects left on foot without the backpack when told there were only books inside. Both suspects brandished knives.

Suspect's Description: Suspect 1: black male, late teens/ early 20’s,  5’8”, 160 lbs., wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark gray baggy sweatpants.

Suspect 2: black male, late teens/ early 20’s, 5’8”, 160 lbs., wearing baggy light gray jeans/ sweats.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open – under investigation by the WPI Police Department and the Worcester Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?
Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?
People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
Always trust your instincts!
Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

December 08, 2010

Time

 10:15 PM (approximately)

Location

Boynton Hill stairs/ sidewalk leading from Service Road towards Institute Road.

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  On 12/8/10, 10:15 PM, a student was walking down the stairs/ sidewalk from the Boynton Hill Service Road towards Institute Road, when two black males approached him from behind and demanded the contents of his wallet. One male brandished a knife. After taking cash, the suspects looked into his book bag without taking anything else and then quickly fled. The suspects went to a black sedan parked on Institute Road and fled the area towards Lancaster Street.  

Suspect's Description: Suspect 1:black male, early 20’s,  5’4”

Suspect 2: black male, early 20’s, 5’9. Both suspects wearing dark hooded jackets, baggy jeans and deep voices.  

Vehicle Description: Black sedan

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open – under investigation by the WPI Police Department and the Worcester Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?
Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?
People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
Always trust your instincts!
Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

October 15, 2010

Time Late Night/Early Morning – Between the hours of 1:00AM-1:30AM
Location

Dean Street at Salisbury Street (sidewalk)

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed Robbery:  On Friday October 15, 2010 at approximately 3:00am WPI Police overheard on the Worcester Police scanner a call dispatched to 10 Regent Street for a past unarmed robbery.  Upon arrival at that location officers met with a WPI student who reported the following:  He was walking in the vicinity of Salisbury and Dean Street when the last thing he remembers is being hit in the back of the head.  The student indicated he was disoriented and called a friend who immediately realized the student was in distress, picked up the student bringing him back to 10 Regent Street.  The students wallet containing cash and credit cards were taken. The student declined to go to the hospital at that time but assured police he would do so if needed.
Suspect’s Description:  Unknown 
Vehicle Description: Unknown

Current Status / Status of Investigation Open – under investigation by the Worcester Police Department
Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?
Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?
People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
Always trust your instincts!
Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

October 02, 2010

Time
Approximately 11:30PM

 

Location
Fruit Street at Dayton Street

 

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon- On Tuesday October 5, 2010 at approximately 1:43PM two WPI students arrived at the WPI Police Station to report the following information:

On Saturday October 2, 2010 at approximately 11:30PM approximately fifteen WPI students were within an off campus apartment located at Fruit and Dayton Street.  A group of unknown individuals entered the apartment and stole a student’s laptop who resides at that location.  Two of the individuals who allegedly stole the laptop were confronted outside by the victim and his friend.  One of the suspects pulled out of his pocket what appeared to be a small black semi-automatic handgun.  The two WPI students immediately retreated from the situation.  The two suspects returned to the Fruit and Dayton Street location and stood outside yelling and brandishing a firearm and knife.  The suspects entered a second apartment with unknown occupants for a short period of time and then left the area.  Worcester Police responded.

Suspects are described as follows: Hispanic or light skinned African American – 5’6 - 5’8 in height approx. 14-15 years old, thin build, wearing a grey or green fitted hat, grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, possibly braces on his teeth and brandished a pistol. The second subject – A Hispanic male 5’5 - 5’6 medium build, 14 -15 years old, wearing a black and red outfit, red and black hat, carrying a black backpack.   

Current Status / Status of Investigation
Worcester Police Department Detective Bureau overseeing the investigation.

 

Questions or Concerns Contact
Worcester Police Detective Bureau (508) 799 8651or the WPI Police Department (508) 831-5433

 

Prevention Advice

Remember if you notice anyone acting suspicious please contact WPI police immediately.

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

April 07, 2010

Time

Wednesday April 7, 2010

Approximately 9:30PM

Location

Institute Road and Boynton Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault and Battery:  At approximately 10:22PM the Worcester Police Department notified the WPI Police that two WPI students were walking in the area of Boynton Street and Institute Road at approximately 9:30PM and were assaulted.  According to the two students four male subjects were riding mopeds yelled something at the two male students and then began assaulting and punching the students.  The suspects were last seen heading in the direction toward Institute Park.

Suspects Description:  2 white males, 2 African American males between 20-23 years of age riding mopeds.

 

 

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation Open-WPD investigating.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau (508) 799-8651

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

 

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?

Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?

 People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

March 12, 2010

Time

Approximately 1:00 AM

Location

Vicinity of 12 Institute Road

 

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed  Robbery: A WPI male student was walking north on Boynton Street near the intersection on Institute Road when he noticed a group of 5-6 males wearing "hoodies" and baggy pants two from the group approached the victim and one punched the victim in the face causing a bloody nose and knocking his glasses off.  They demanded the victim empty his wallet but ran off before that happened.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

The incident is currently under investigation by the Worcester Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

• Worcester Police Non-emergency +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911

• WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice
  • Be alert at all times and report any suspicious persons or activities to the WPI Police or Worcester Police.

  • Walk on well-lit streets and avoid walking alone at night if possible. Call SNAP at +1-508-831-6111 for an escort.

  • Travel in pairs or groups. It reduces your chance of being a victim of a street crime.

 

February 24, 2010

Time

Daytime/Evening 

Location

Two Campus Parking Lots/Peripheral Garage Lot – Ellsworth Lot, Stoddard Lot and Gateway Garage

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

B&E/Larceny From A Motor Vehicle – Between February 15th and February 22nd there have been 3 vehicles broken into within two of our campus lots and one from the Gateway Garage . In two of the break-ins GPS Mapping Devices were stolen.  The third vehicle had a toolbox stolen with an assortment of tools within.  In at least two of the incidents the items stolen were left in the vehicles in plain view.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - under investigation by the WPI Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

 • WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

• Worcester Police Non-emergency +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911

 

Prevention Advice

It is important that anyone parking their vehicle follow a few simple steps which may help reduce the chance of becoming the victim of burglary and theft.

• Vary your parking space within the parking lot or garage.

• Ensure windows are up, the vehicle is locked and alarm set (if equipped) every time you park your vehicle.

• Stow all removable electronic devices, bags, cases or packages in a trunk, completely out of view, or take them with you.

• Make sure the suction cup imprint is not visible on the windshield or dash, once the portable devices are  removed.

Be alert at all times and report any suspicious persons or activities to the WPI Police Department immediately.

 

February 05, 2010

Time
Approximately 12:45PM

 

Location

Vicinity 14 Bowdoin Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Robbery - On Friday afternoon at approximately 12:45PM Worcester Police Dispatcher reports they had an armed Robbery of Bank of America and a most recent robbery of a cab at 12:45PM on Bowdoin Street.  It was reported that the suspect fled toward WPI and both Worcester Police and State Police were tracking the suspect with dogs toward WPI.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Suspect is described as follows: Light skinned African American or Hispanic male, approximately 5’7, wearing a plaid shirt under a hooded sweatshirt, baggy pants and a hat with a logo.

Questions or Concerns Contact
Worcester Police (508) 799-8601

 

Prevention Advice

Remember if you notice anyone acting suspicious please contact WPI police immediately.

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

 

January 23, 2010

Time

Approximately 11:30PM

Location

Vicinity 66 Fruit Street/Highland Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Robbery - On Sunday afternoon at approximately 3:10PM a WPI student reported to the WPI Police the following information:  On Saturday January 23, 2010 at approximately 11:30PM that he was walking on Fruit Street and was approached by an unknown male.  The male suspect demanded the student's money.  The student handed over $20.00 in cash and was then punched 3 times in the face and head area.  The suspect was last seen fleeing in a southerly direction on Fruit Street.

Suspect is described as follows: Dark skinned black male, approx. 28 years old, 5'10 medium build, 2 days growth facial hair, dark clothing and wearing a gray cap.

Current Status / Status of Investigation
The WPI Police Department notified and WPD contacted.

 

Questions or Concerns Contact
WPI Police Department - (508) 831-5433  - Worcester Police (508) 799-8601

 

Prevention Advice

Remember if you notice anyone acting suspicious please contact WPI police immediately.

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

November 18, 2009

Time

5:05PM

Location

Highland St. near Dover St. Worcester,MA

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny from a person

Current Status / Status of Investigation

A WPI student was asked to use his cell phone.  The suspect ran off with the cell phone and was chased by another WPI student, who returned the phone after letting the suspect go.

Suspect - A black male approximately 16 years old with short hair and wearing a gray sweatshirt with a schoolbag on his back.

Open- under investigation by the Worcester Police Department- (508) 799-8600

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department - (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

•  Be aware of your surroundings and strangers.

•  Protect your personal effects.

•  Immediately report the incident to the Police.

 

 

October 29, 2009

Time

Approximately 3:00 AM

Location

By Alden Hall

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Robbery -  On Thursday morning October 29, 2009 at approximately 3:00AM a WPI student was walking on campus by Alden Hall. He was approached by an unknown male, was punched in the face and his wallet containing $40 in cash along with ID's and credit cards were taken. The suspect was last seen fleeing in the direction of West Street toward Institute Road.

Suspect is described as follows:  Black Male, husky build, very tall wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, dark clothing with 2-3 days growth facial hair.  

Current Status / Status of Investigation

The WPI Police Department along with the WPD responded and are investigating the incident.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department - (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

Remember if you notice anyone acting suspicious please contact WPI police immediately.

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

October 15, 2009

Time

Daytime/Evening

Location

Campus lots and peripheral streets

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

B&E/Larceny from motor vehicles.  Between October 12, 2009 and October 14, 2009 there have been 2 B&E’s into motor vehicles, 2 attempted B&E’s into motor vehicles, and 1 larceny from a motor vehicle. Two were from the Higgins House lot, one from the exit road-Morgan, and two from peripheral streets.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open- Under investigation by the WPI & WPD Police Departments.

Subject Description: Subject description in the Morgan service rd. break - Caucasian male, in his 30's wearing a baseball cap, patriots wind breaker, black pants and white sneakers.  Suspect was also identified as having a tattoo on his neck in the shape of a square.   Last seen entering into a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer MA Reg 2035RX color white.

WPI Police are working with the Leicester Police Department on the suspect follow-up.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

The following are a few simple steps which may help reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary and theft:

1.    Ensure windows are up, the vehicle is locked and alarms set (if equipped)

2.    Stow all removable electronic devices, bags, cases or packages in the trunk completely out of view, 

       or take them with you.

Make sure the suction cup imprint is not visible on the windshield or dash after the portable device is removed.

September 21, 2009

Time

Approximately 8:08PM

Location

Parking Lot Salisbury Estates

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Suspicious Person:  On Monday September 21, 2009 a student reports she had parked her vehicle on the service road at Salisbury Estates and was walking toward her apartment when she was approached by an individual riding on a bicycle.  The subject repeatedly asked her for a dollar while continuously following her on his bicycle. As the student hurried toward her apartment, the subject in a louder voice yelled expletives at the student.  WPI Police were notified and responded to the scene.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation - WPI Police responding agency.  Patrols increased and Safety programs for Salisbury Estate students being offered by the WPI Police Community Service team.

Subject Described:  Hispanic male, high school age, long pony tail, wearing a red shirt with black spots, baggy dungaree shorts, riding a bicycle.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT - You are the best person to identify potential problems!

Trust your instincts!

Contact the police immediately and report any peculiar/suspicious activity. 

Don’t worry about feeling silly or being wrong.  Let the police check things out!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

Call WPI Police immediately at EMERGENCY – 508 831- 5555

September 18, 2009

Time

Approximately 8:15PM

Location

Outside vicinity of Trowbridge Road

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robbery:  On Friday September 18, 2009 a male student reports he was walking on Trowbridge Road when a white male wearing a brown and orange flannel shirt and jeans, approached him and demanded money.  According to the student, the suspect partially displayed what appeared to be a knife.  Money was handed over to the suspect, who then fled toward Highland Street. Once the student sought safety, both Worcester Police and WPI Police were notified.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation - Open:  Worcester Police Investigating Agency. WPI Police Assisting Agency.

Suspect:  White male, mid 40's, approximately 6ft tall, 190 pounds, brownish gray hair with a full beard.  He was wearing a brown and orange flannel shirt and jeans.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau (508) 799-8651

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

April 11, 2009

Time

Approximately 3:04AM

Location

Service Road West Street Extension

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault and Battery– While preparing to conduct a building check, a WPI Police officer overheard arguing outside in the vicinity of West Street.  Upon further investigation the officer observed a female who was very distraught being restrained by a male and in need of immediate assistance. The officer initiated emergency response procedures and responded to the female’s aid and provided safekeeping. The male was then detained by the officer while appropriate back-up arrived on scene.  After a field interview was conducted it was learned that neither parties knew one another nor were they affiliated to WPI. 

The female indicated that she made a wrong turn onto West Street while operating her vehicle after noticing another vehicle following her at close range. At that point, she noticed the suspect’s vehicle also turn onto West Street and pull up alongside of hers.  Words were exchanged between the two parties and subsequently, the situation escalated to the end point of the officer’s arrival.

 

Current Status / Status of Investigation

CLOSED – Suspect Arrested by WPI Police and charged with the following:

2 Counts Assault and Battery

1 Count Assault to Rape

2 Counts Attempt to Commit a Crime

1 Count Threat to Commit a Crime

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

When observing any suspicious behaviors notify WPI Police immediately.

Always utilize SNAP for Safety escorts by calling (508) 831 - 6111

February 20, 2009

Time

Early Evening Approximately 6:44 p.m.

Location

Atwater Kent / Alumni Gymnasium

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

On Thursday February 19, 2009 A Professor from Atwater Kent reports 5 individuals within the building acting suspicious.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

WPI Police respond to the scene and after preliminary inquiry and identification, WPI Police arrest all 5 subjects (Non-WPI Individuals) for incidents committed in both Atwater Kent and Alumni Gymnasium. Further investigation and collaboration with WPD is ongoing possibly linking these suspects to other crimes. Present charges include:

  • 3 Subjects charged with Trespassing
  • 1 Subject charged with Trespassing and Receiving Stolen Property
  • 1 Subject charged with Trespassing, Receiving Stolen Property and possession of Class D with intent to distribute within 1000’ of School zone.
Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Department – +1-508-831-5433

Prevention Advice

WPI Police encourage all community members to contact campus police whenever suspicions arise that could affect our students, employees and campus properties.

WPI Police would like to extend a special thank you to the Professor(s) in Atwater Kent for it was as a result of their due diligence and awareness in notifying the campus police, that lead to the apprehension and subsequent arrest of all 5 subjects.

February 18, 2009

Time

Early Evening Approximately 6:50 pm

Location

Highland Street/Schussler Road

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny/Suspicious Person: On Wednesday February 18, 2009 a female student reports an unknown male following her as she was walking from Highland Street onto Schussler Road. When the suspect closed his distance to approximately (5) feet, she dropped her book bag and ran toward Riley Hall and notified WPI Police. No words were spoken. Upon the police retrieving her book bag an inventory was conducted by the student and a red Coach wristlet that contained approximately $10-$15 was reported missing.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation - Open: WPI Police notified/WPD notified.
Suspect: Approximately 6ft tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Questions or Concerns Contact
  • Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau +1-508-799-8651
  • WPI Police Department – +1-508-831-5433
Prevention Advice
  • BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.
  • Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?
  • Are people watching or waiting in vehicles? Have you seen the vehicle before? When? How long was it there for? Who was in it?
  • People causing a distraction or seeking attention.
  • Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – +1-508-831-6111

February 14, 2009

Time

Saturday February 14, 2009

Early morning 1:30am

Location

Outside vicinity of 11 Dean Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Attempted Assault:  On  Saturday February 14, 2009 a female student reports she was walking down Dean Street when a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt approached her from behind and attempted to grab her.  The student broke free, ran and notified police.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation - Open:  Worcester Police and WPI police notified.

Suspect:  White male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau (508) 799-8651

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why? What are they doing?

Are people watching or waiting in vehicles? Have you seen the vehicle before? When? How long was it there for? Who was in it?

People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

February 13, 2009

Time

Thursday February 12, 2009

Night Time Between 8:52pm – 10:34pm

Location

79 – 90 Institute Road

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Unarmed/Armed Robbery and Attempted Unarmed Robbery:  On Thursday February 12, 2009 two separate incidents occurred.  Both incidents involved students walking on Institute Road.  In the first incident, the student was approached from behind and knocked to the ground and robbed.  The second incident, the student was chased and ran, making his way to an emergency callbox and alerting campus police.

Suspects:  3 males operating out of a red Chevrolet Lumina MA registration 38WE65

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Investigation – Closed:  3 suspects apprehended after a police pursuit by WPD, WPI and Becker Police.

3 Suspects Arrested by Worcester Police and charged with the following:  Armed assault to rob, unarmed robbery, minor transporting liquor under 21, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau (508) 799-8651

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

 BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?

Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?

 People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP Student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

 

January 27, 2009

Time

Daytime/Evening 

Location

Campus lots and peripheral streets

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

 

Larceny From A Motor Vehicle – Since January 1, 2009 a total of 8 motor vehicles have been broken into from our campus lots, garage and peripheral streets. A total of five GPS mapping devices and one laptop computer were stolen from the vehicles.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - under investigation by the WPI Police Department and WPD

Questions or Concerns Contact

 

• WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

• Worcester Police Non-emergency +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911

Prevention Advice

 

It is important that anyone parking their vehicle follow a few simple steps which may help reduce the chance of becoming the victim of burglary and theft.

• Vary your parking space within the parking lot or garage.

• Ensure windows are up, the vehicle is locked and alarm set (if equipped) every time you park your vehicle.

• Stow all removable electronic devices, bags, cases or packages in a trunk, completely out of view, or take them with

  you.

• Make sure the suction cup imprint is not visible on the windshield or dash, once the portable devices are removed.

Be alert at all times and report any suspicious persons or activities to the WPI Police Department immediately.

 

November 15, 2008

Time

Approximately 1:52 am

Location

Off Campus 32 Dean Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Alleged Sexual Assault - On Saturday, November 15, 2008, WPI Campus Police engaged the Worcester Police Department in investigating a report of alleged sexual assault/rape that occurred in the early morning hours at 32 Dean Street, an off-campus location.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open investigation - Worcester Police Department is the primary Investigating Agency.

WPI takes violence of any kind seriously, and WPI Campus Police are actively assisting the Worcester Police Department with this case. Because the investigation is on-going, there is no further information to disseminate at this time.

Person of Interest:  Worcester Police are speaking with an individual in relation to this case.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department (508) 799 - 8600 – Emergency 911

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

We ask the WPI campus community to be alert to the following safety precautions:

  • If attending parties, go with friends and leave with those friends.
  • Keep constant tabs on the whereabouts of your friends.
  • Stay within the group and do not isolate yourself.
  • Be aware of any alcohol or drug abuse at the party.
  • Do not abuse alcohol or drugs.

If you suspect someone is in danger, call the WPI police at 508-831-5555 or x5555.

Always utilize WPI's escort service. Call SNAP - 508-831-6111.

If you or one of your friends have been sexually assaulted or raped, report the incident immediately to WPI Campus Police at 508-831-5555.

November 09, 2008

Time

Approximately 9:15pm

Location

 Off Campus 171 Highland Street 2nd floor apartment

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Break/Entering-Dwelling – On Sunday November 9, 2008 at approximately 10:22pm WPI Police were notified by the residents, (WPI Student’s) that their apartment located at 171 Highland Street had been broken into.  It was reported upon their return home the glass portion of the door was smashed, along with some vandalism within the apartment.  Items reported missing – camera, iPod and a laptop. 

Worcester Police responded and filed the necessary reports prior to WPI Police being notified.   Information was gathered by police after speaking with neighbors regarding a possible person of interest.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open investigation - Worcester Police Department primary Investigating Agency.

Person of Interest:  White Male approximately 5’10, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, reddish facial hair and between the ages of 18-22.  Suspect according to witnesses appeared intoxicated and spoke the name of Edith prior to proceeding to the second floor apartment.

If anyone has any information of anyone fitting this description, please contact the following agencies:

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department (508) 799 - 8600 – Emergency 911

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT - You are the best person to identify potential problems!

Trust your instincts!

Contact the police immediately and report any peculiar/suspicious activity. 

Don’t worry about feeling silly or being wrong.  Let the police check things out!

November 03, 2008

Time

Saturday Midnight – 1:30am

Location

Becker College Area – Cedar Street/Oak Street, 60 West Street and Cedar at Fruit Street

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Armed Robberies – Becker Campus Police inform the WPI Police on November 3rd via Safety Alert the following information:  On Saturday November 1st between the hours of midnight and 130am three armed robberies occurred in the Becker College vicinity.  In all three incidents a six inch knife was displayed.  In one incident a gun was also shown.

Suspects: Hispanic male operating a tan older model import vehicle 4 door sedan.  A second vehicle with two Hispanic female’s passengers in a gray or silver Ford Explorer with tinted windows.  The male was wearing a black jacket and multi-colored fitted baseball hat.  One of the females was wearing a yellow shirt.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - under investigation by both the Becker Campus Police and Worcester Police. 

Information contained on this page was provided by the Becker Campus Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice
  • Utilize SNAP  - WPI Escort Service 508 831- 6111
  • Always report suspicious activity/people or vehicles to the police immediately.  Even when unsure if something is suspicious, report it anyway.

October 08, 2008

Time

3:20 AM – Early Morning

Location

12 Massachusetts Avenue

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Break/Entering into a Dwelling – At approximately 3:20am on Wednesday October 8, 2008 the rear door of a residential home was forced open.  The owners were within the house during the time of the break and the house was alarmed.  A two foot tall Tiffany lamp that was located just inside the rear door was taken.  Both WPD and WPI Police did a complete search of the area for suspects and evidence.

No one was hurt, no injuries reported.

Suspects:  No suspects were seen or observed, vehicle taillights were observed at a distance in the area.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Worcester Police Department Investigating Agency and primary responder – WPI assisted response.

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau (508) 799-8651

WPI Police Department – (508) 831-5433

Prevention Advice

Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points.

Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors. Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted. Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws.

Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy. Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility. Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door. Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically. Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes.

REMEMBER – Security Systems, alarms and other pro-active measures should be implemented as layers of protection.  Not any one measure can address and/or prevent the ill intent of an intruder.

October 04, 2008

Time

Late Night/Early Morning – Approximately 3:14am

Location

52 North Ashland Street (sidewalk)

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Assault & Battery DW:  On Saturday October 4, 2008 at approximately 3:14am three males, later identified as WPI students were chased and assaulted with a crow bar/tire iron.  Two of students were transported to the hospital via UMass Ambulance.

Suspects Description:  4 White males, 1 male described as having a shaved head, another male having a nose ring, and the driver of the vehicle, curly hair wearing a hat with stripes.  No description on the fourth male at this time.

Vehicle Description: Possible Grey Taurus or an older model Green Honda with no front plates.  The vehicle was last seen traveling north on North Ashland Street towards Highland Street.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open – under investigation by the Worcester Police Department

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?

Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?

 People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

Always trust your instincts!

Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

October 04, 2008

Time

Late Night/Early Morning – Approximately 3:14am

Location

52 North Ashland Street (sidewalk)

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

 Assault & Battery DW:  On Saturday October 4, 2008 at approximately 3:14am three males, later identified as WPI students were chased and assaulted with a crow bar/tire iron.  Two of students were transported to the hospital via UMass Ambulance.

Suspects Description:  4 White males, 1 male described as having a shaved head, another male having a nose ring, and the driver of the vehicle, curly hair wearing a hat with stripes.  No description on the fourth male at this time.

Vehicle Description: Possible Grey Taurus or an older model Green Honda with no front plates.  The vehicle was last seen traveling north on North Ashland Street towards Highland Street.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open – under investigation by the Worcester Police Department

Questions or Concerns Contact

Worcester Police 508 799 – 8607 or Emergency 911

WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Prevention Advice

 

BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings.

 Are people hanging around? Why?  What are they doing?

 Are people watching or waiting in vehicles?  Have you seen the vehicle before?  When?  How long was it there for?  Who was in it?

 People causing a distraction or seeking attention.

 Always trust your instincts!

 Utilize SNAP student Escort Service – 508 831- 6111

 

September 24, 2008

Time

Evening/Late Night

Location

Campus lots and peripheral streets

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

During the early morning hours on Sunday, September 21,2008, a Becker College student was stabbed to death and a second Becker student was slashed in the arm suffering a nonlife-threatening injury. According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, a fight broke out outside of an apartment located on North Ashland Street near Dix Street.The paper reported that there may have been uninvited guests at a party at this location prior to the incident which may have led to the fight and stabbing.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

The incident is currently under investigation by the Worcester Police Department.

Questions or Concerns Contact
  • WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555.
  • Worcester Police Non-emergency +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911.
Prevention Advice
  • Be alert at all times and report any suspicious persons or activities to the WPI Police or Worcester Police.
  • Walk on well-lit streets and avoid walking alone at night if possible. Call SNAP at +1-508-831-6111 for an escort.
  • Travel in pairs or groups. It reduces your chance of being a victim of a    street crime.
  • When hosting a social event, know the identity of all your guests and limit their numbers. Only attend social events where you know the hosts, and have been invited to attend.

September 03, 2008

Time

Evening / Afternoon

Location

Campus lots and peripheral streets

Type of Crime / Nature of Incident

Larceny From A Motor Vehicle – Over the past two weeks there has been approximately four vehicles broken into. Vehicles have been targeted in both our campus lots and the peripheral streets surrounding the campus property. The targeted item has been portable GPS mapping devices. Please note this has been a trend throughout the city.

Current Status / Status of Investigation

Open - under investigation by the WPI Police Department and WPD.

Questions or Concerns Contact
  • WPI Police Main Number +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555.
  • Worcester Police Non-emergency +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911.
Prevention Advice

It is important that anyone parking their vehicle follow a few simple steps which may help reduce the chance of becoming the victim of burglary and theft.

  • Vary your parking space within the parking lot or garage.
  • Ensure windows are up, the vehicle is locked and alarm set (if equipped) every time you park your vehicle.
  • Stow all removable electronic devices, bags, cases or packages in a trunk, completely out of view, or take them with you.
  • Make sure the suction cup imprint is not visible on the windshield or dash, once the portable devices are removed.

Be alert at all times and report any suspicious persons or activities to the WPI Police Department immediately.

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