Police Blotter

From the Saint Louis University School of Law “emergency preparedness” e-mail alert system:

At approximately 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, a student reported that he was robbed while walking between Busch Student Center and Ritter Hall near Grand Boulevard. The student was talking on his cellphone when an individual approached from Grand and asked to use his phone. When the student declined, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded that the student turn over his phone. The student complied, and the suspect headed south along Grand, away from campus. No other items were taken, and the student was not injured.

On Sunday afternoon, a student reported that several items were taken from her room in DeMattias Hall at approximately 12:20 p.m. while the she was in the laundry room. DPSSS and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded and are investigating. The student’s door was not locked at the time. The incident was originally classified by police as a stealing. Further investigation, however, resulted in reclassification of the incident as a burglary. 
This morning, a student reported that he was robbed of cash by two unknown individuals at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the alley behind Marguerite Hall. The student was not injured, and the suspects did not display a weapon. The student described the suspects as black males in their early 20s, one with a light skin complexion and goatee, 6’01” tall and 180 pounds; the other about 5’9″ tall, with a dark skin complexion, and 160 pounds. Both were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and bluejeans. DPSSS and the St. Louis Police are investigating.

At approximately 3:05 am on 3/04/2011, a black male, late teens to early twenties, dreadlocks, wearing a black hoody and white ballcap, entered a Grand Forest apartment through the first floor unlocked and partially opened patio door. The victim student, who was in the kitchen at the time, confronted the suspect in the living room. The suspect demanded his wallet. The student informed the suspect that he did not have a wallet nor could he find it. The student was subsequently punched in the face. The suspect exited through the patio door, got on the victim’s bike and rode across the Fred Weber Lot.

During the early morning of 01/23/2011, a student reported that she was sexually assaulted while visiting the Loft Apartments, 3720 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri.  She was exiting a restroom located on the lower level of the Loft Apartments when she was pushed back into the restroom and sexually assaulted. The assault occurred at about 2:00am. Her assailant is described as a white male, 5’8″ -5’9″, blonde hair, beard with only a few days growth, 19 – 22 years of age, and wearing a gray shirt and jeans. Detectives from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating.

At 5:24 am this morning, the Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS) received a call from a student, who resides at the Flats Apartments, regarding damage to a window of an apartment located on the south side of the building.  The apartment faces the interstate.  Arriving DSSS officers discovered that the damage was caused by a projectile from a firearm. Sometime between 4:00am – 4:15am, the projectile penetrated both panes of glass, travelled through the living room, and subsequently struck the bathroom door. SLMPD responded. Based on information received from the occupants of the apartment, and the physical evidence, this appears to be a random act.  The weapon was possibly fired from the interstate.

On December 7, 2010, a Saint Louis University student reported that two suspicious persons were attempting to open doors at the Village Apartments. There was a delay by the student in reporting the incident.  The subjects were last seen walking toward the upper Village quad area from Gunn Hall.  The student provided the following subject description: subject 1, black male, 6′ with medium/muscular build, medium complexion and approximately 20 years of age, wearing black down “puffy” coat, blue jeans, red bandana on head and red one tied around left bicep; subject 2, similar details as subject 1, except with only one red bandana around his left bicep.

During the evening of December 5, 2010, two SLU students reported that an unknown person attempted to enter their apartment located at Donnelly Hall, Village Apartments. The students reported that they were in the apartment when they heard the sound of someone attempting to open the locked door.  One student answered the door, thinking that another roommate was attempting to gain entry into the apartment. The student was surprised to see an unknown male at the door. The unknown male was just as surprised that the student answered the door and said, “Oh, I’m trippin. I live in the exact same spot on the other side of the Arch.” The student then closed and locked the door.

The unknown male was described as African American, early to mid thirties, 5’5 in height, heavy build, braided hair, wearing a black hooded sweater, white t-shirt, and white shoes.

A student reported that on December 1, 2010, the student was a victim of a street robbery which occurred at 10:15 pm, while the student walked on Lindell Blvd en route to Tegeler Hall. The unknown subject asked the student for bus fare money. While the student reached into her purse for spare change, the subject demanded, “Give me everything!” The subject’s right hand was in his jacket pocket pointing towards the student’s purse. The student believed the subject had a gun. The student threw her purse at the subject, who then ran northbound on Grand.

The subject was described as an African American male; 5’10”, medium build, no facial hair, wearing a knit cap with the top portion of the knit cap colored black and the bottom portion colored red. The unknown subject wore a black “puffy coat” and black sweatpants.

At 1:27 p.m. December 1, 2010, a burglary was reported on campus.  The burglary occurred at Gunn Hall, Village Apartments, sometime between Monday, November 30, 2010, and today.  A student reported a Sony Wii video game player, two controllers and six games taken from the apartment.  There was no sign of forced entry.  It was undetermined how entry was gained into the apartment.  No suspects were observed.  DPSSS and the St. Louis Police Department will be conducting follow-up investigation.

A burglary was also reported at another Gunn Hall apartment.  On November 30, 2010, during the late afternoon, a television was taken.

At 11:38 a.m. November 19, 2010, a burglary was reported on campus.  The burglary occurred in Anderson Hall, Village Apartments.  A student was in his room when he observed an unknown person in the apartment. The intruder apparently entered the apartment through an unlocked front door. When the student confronted the intruder, he said that he was “looking for someone.”  The intruder immediately exited the apartment and the student contacted the Department of Public Safety and Security Services (DPSSS).   The suspect is described as an African American male, in his mid to late 20’s, 5’9″ medium build, dark complexion, wearing a black skull cap, black hooded jacket, and black pants.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has notified the University that two students were victims of an armed robbery that took place at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, along Grand Boulevard near the MetroLink stop.

The students were walking along the Grand Bridge back to campus when they were approached by two unknown males who demanded their phones and wallets. One of the suspects displayed a black handgun. The students complied and were not injured during the incident.

The suspects — one wearing a white hooded sweatshirt; the other a blue hooded sweatshirt — were on the train with the students as they returned from the Delmar Loop. After the incident, the suspects ran back toward the Grand MetroLink stop. St. Louis police are investigating the incident.

An individual not affiliated with the University was the victim of a purse snatching that took place at approximately 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, near the Laclede Garage.

The victim was walking on the Laclede Avenue sidewalk when an unknown subject approached her from behind. The subject grabbed the strap of her purse, pulling her to the ground. She sustained minor injuries.

The subject is described as a: African-American male with dark complexion, 19 to 24 years old, approximately 6’1″ tall, 150 to 175 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and dark-colored shorts.

The suspect was last seen entering an older model maroon vehicle, license plate number L145009 (possibly Illinois). The vehicle was being driven by a heavy-set African-American female and was occupied by several other African-American males. The suspects were last seen fleeing the area west on Laclede Avenue and then south on Spring Street.

At approximately 1:27 AM on Thursday, September 2, 2010,  a female Saint Louis University student was robbed of her tote bag, in the rear alley of Marguerite Hall. The SLU student was not injured during the incident. The suspect fled on foot west toward Vandeventer. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’7″ tall, 140,  wearing blue jeans, black shirt and black skull cap.  The suspect displayed an unknown object in his hand, indicating he was armed.

An attempted robbery reportedly took place shortly after midnight Wednesday, June 23, at the Health Sciences Campus. An employee reported that he was exiting the Hickory East Parking Garage when two unknown suspects approached and attempted to take his wallet. Following a brief struggle, the suspects fled from the scene.

Suspect 1 is an African-American male approximately 18-30 years old, 5’10”, 200 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap.

Suspect 2 is an African-American female approximately 18-30 years old, 5’3″ to 5’4″, 110 pounds, wearing yellow flowered shorts.

At approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 1st, a female Saint Louis University student reported to the Department of Public Safety that she had been sexually assaulted at the Grand Forest Apartments.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police were immediately notified and are investigating.  The alleged suspects have been identified by police.

A female SLU student has reported an assault that occurred at 7:05 p.m. Monday, April 12, in a second floor women’s restroom in Xavier Hall.

While washing her hands, the student reports that she was approached from behind by an unknown person who grabbed her around the neck. When the student screamed, the suspect reportedly pushed her to the ground and ran from the restroom. The student reports that she was not injured.

The student describes the suspect as a male wearing a full-length maroon robe and black hat with a thin veil.

The Department of Public Safety is working with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to investigate unlicensed taxis that have been seen around the Midtown neighborhood.  These unlicensed taxis have attempted to solicit fares from students and patrons of local businesses.  This past weekend, DPS officers observed a royal blue Chevrolet minivan with a handmade taxi sign in the front window.  The driver of the van was trying to unlawfully solicit students to accept a ride for payment.  Friday morning this minivan was located by the St. Louis Police and the driver was arrested.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19th, two students were robbed in the alley behind Iggy’s.  The two students were unloading their car when they were approached by two male subjects.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun and announced a robbery.  The female victim was robbed of her keys and the male victim was robbed of his wallet.  The suspects then ran from the area.

The suspects entered an Oldsmobile Alero with Illinois license plates K168139 and fled north from campus.  The vehicle was last seen northbound on Spring from Page Avenue. The two suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as an African American male, in his early 20’s, 5’7″ tall, approximately 160 pounds, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.  This subject was armed with a small handgun.

Suspect#2 is described as an African American male, in his early 20’s, approximately 6’0″ tall, 170 to 180 pounds, dark complexion, wearing a black leather jacket.

Officers with the Department of Public Safety and the St. Louis Police are searching the area for the suspects.

At 12:20 a.m. on November 5, 2009, a robbery occurred on campus in the area of the Village Apartments.  A student was walking to her apartment in the Village E when she was confronted by a male subject who reportedly was armed with a small handgun.  The student gave the suspect her cell phone and he fled the area by running west.  The suspect is described as an African American male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’7″ tall, thin build, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans.

The Department of Public Safety and the St. Louis Police are investigating and have searched the area.

Students are reminded to walk in groups.

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