Public Safety Notice: Off-Campus Strong Arm Robberies and Arrests, 10/27/2012

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

Off-Campus Strong Arm Robberies and Arrests

Sunday, October 28, 2012

SPD Case Numbers 12-491344, 12-491389, and 12-491535

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at approximately 10:21 p.m., a student reported being robbed by two males at 560 Clarendon Ave. The student reports he was walking west on Clarendon Ave when he encountered two men walking towards him. As the men approached the student, he was surrounded on both sides and one of the suspects hit him in his mouth. He was knocked to the ground and kicked in his head and ribs. The student stated one of the suspects reached into his pocket and took cash. The suspects left traveling west on Clarendon Ave towards Ostrom Ave. This case is still under investigation – nobody has been charged at this time. DPS asks for your help in identifying the suspects if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect:

Suspect # 1: male, black, 5’10”, about 20 years of age wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect # 2: male, black, 5’10”, about 20 years of age wearing a red/maroon hooded sweatshirt.

The Syracuse Police Department with the assistance of the Department of Public Safety has announced several arrests in connection with the below listed robberies that occurred in the East Neighborhood area Saturday night/Sunday morning. The investigation into all these robberies is active and on-going. All three suspects are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center in downtown Syracuse.

Incident #1/Arrests Made: On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at approximately 10:45 p.m., two graduate students reported being assaulted and robbed by three males at Fellows Ave. and Euclid Ave.

Incident #2/Arrests Made: On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at approximately 10:50 p.m., a student reported being assaulted and robbed by three males in the 400 block of Stratford Ave.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at (315) 443-2224.

If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.


For your safety, please remember:

  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking
    and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more
    information about these services.Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life. If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315-443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police, dial 911. Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act