Public Safety Notice: Robberies, 10/07/2012

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

Robberies

Date Issued: October 7, 2012

Case Numbers 12-465591, 12-465988, 12-466002

Various Locations

Incident #1: On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm two students reported being robbed by four males in Oakwood Cemetery near Comstock Ave. A silver colored revolver and large knife were displayed. No injuries reported.

Incident #2: On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 3:29 am a student reported 3 males attempted to rob him in the 700 block of Ostrom Ave. The student ran away from the suspects. No injuries reported.

Incident #3: On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 3:45 am a student reported being robbed by three males in the parking lot of 703 Walnut Ave. One suspect threatened the use of a knife, none observed. The student received a scraped knee.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspects:

Incident #1: 4 suspects, similarly described as male, black, 5’ 9”, 170 lbs, between 16 and 22. Clothing: All wore sweatshirts; Blue and red Buffalo Bills, blue and orange hooded, white hooded, gray hooded.

Incident #2: 3 suspects, male, black, 5”10” to 5’11” late 20’s, one w/ facial hair, Clothing: Reddish brown jacket, blue hooded sweatshirt. No description of third suspect.

Incident #3: 3 suspects, male, black, 5’8” to 5’10”, 150 to 160 lbs between 16 and 19, Clothing: Large puffy jacket no clothing description on other two.

Public Safety Update: A Message from DPS Chief Tony Callisto and SA President Dylan Lustig, 09/24/2012

A Message from DPS Chief Tony Callisto and Student Association President Dylan Lustig

September 24, 2012

Students have received a number of Public Safety Notices and other correspondence from DPS regarding crime‐related incidents in the East Neighborhood and some other areas surrounding campus this semester. Additionally, we recently became aware of an unsubstantiated rumor circulating that students may have been or could be the victim of crimes being perpetrated by non‐students as some sort of initiation as part of gang activities.

To be clear, DPS has absolutely had no reason to believe this is true and experts on these matters from the Syracuse Police Department have concurred. The rumor is simply false. While there is typically an uptick in crime near SU at the beginning of the fall semester, we have not seen an increase beyond what has been experienced over past years in the immediate campus and rental area near campus (Euclid Ave area).

However, there have been two recent incidents of concern on Marshall Street near Acropolis Pizza involving non‐SU students, and SU students have not been the targets of this activity.  We would therefore suggest avoiding this establishment late at night, as it has been the center‐point of these activities. Further, as we mentioned in previous messages over the past three weeks, we continue to have concerns regarding non‐students attempting to gain access to student parties. There are concerns that some of these non‐students have criminal backgrounds. We strongly encourage students to call 911 if non‐ students enter a party. Students should know who is attending any party they hold. All students should also only attend parties where they know the hosts and should immediately leave if they feel uncomfortable.

In response to these incidents and concerns, DPS is working very closely with the SPD on investigations of the incidents and strategies to deter criminal activity and promote safe student behavior. Patrols have been significantly increased by the SPD, DPS as well as the Onondaga County Sheriff’s office. These proactive, joint law enforcement patrols will continue over the coming weeks to minimize the likelihood of crime. In this vein, we’d like to remind you of some basic safety tips that will enhance your safety on and around the SU campus:

  • Never walk alone, take advantage of the CENTRO and Caz Limo bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • 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.
  • 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.

If you have any questions about these important matters, please feel free to contact DPS at 315.443.5476

Public Safety Notice: Off Campus Robbery, 09/23/2012

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

Off Campus Robbery

Date Issued: 23 August 2012

Case # 12-406243

Madison Street and Ostrom Avenue

A student reported that on 22 August 2012 at 11:00 pm he was robbed while walking near the entrance to Thornden Park at the intersection of Madison St. and Ostrom Ave. The student stated he was approached from the front by six suspects. The suspects smiled and asked the student for money. One suspect struck the student in the head with a piece of wood and another suspect kicked him when he fell to the ground. The suspects then took the student’s eyeglasses and headphones. The student did not suffer any injuries. The suspects were last seen heading west on Madison St.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspects: 6 Males, black, approximately 5’9” tall, medium build, 17 to 18 years of age, wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts draped around their shoulders.

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.

Public Safety Notice: Assault at Acropolis Pizza on Marshall Street, 09/22/2012

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

Assault at Acropolis Pizza on Marshall Street

Date Issued: September 22, 2012

Case # 12-447027

The Syracuse Police are actively investigating an assault that occurred on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at approximately 1:50 a.m. A non-student was assaulted with a knife after a fight broke out in the doorway of Acropolis Pizza. No students were involved in this incident. The non-student received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assault. There is no suspect information available at this time. The involved persons fled the area away from campus.

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

Public Safety Notice: Possible Firearm Discharge, 09/18/2012

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

Possible Firearm Discharge

Marshall Street Area, late Friday night 9/14/2012

Date Issued: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Case # DPS 12-437686/SPD 12-437662

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at approximately 2:25 a.m., DPS and SPD responded to a suspicious noise in the 100 block of Marshall Street. After an investigation, the Syracuse Police today advised DPS that the incident is a possible firearm discharge incident. Witnesses have indicated to SPD officers that an unknown male displayed what appeared to be a hand gun and a single popping noise was heard. There were no injuries reported. The suspect immediately fled the area away from campus in an unknown direction of travel. No suspect description is available for this release.

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

Public Safety NOtice: Off-Campus Assault, 09/14/2012

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

Off-Campus Assault

Date Issued: Friday, September 14, 2012

Case # 12-436162

Clarendon Street

On Friday, September 14, 2012 at approximately 2:20 a.m., two SU students and one ESF student reported that they were assaulted at their residence on Clarendon Street during a party by non-students who were there but had not been invited to the party. The four uninvited non-students became aggressive when confronted and began to punch and kick the victims in the head and face. The students received non-life-threatening injuries and two were transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

One suspect was apprehended and arrested by the Syracuse Police Department and the remaining suspects fled on foot southbound on Clarendon Street towards Euclid Avenue. There were three male suspects who fled with no clear suspect description. Further, it appears that recent crime in the University area has been committed by some non-students who are also uninvited attendees at off-campus or south campus parties. If an uninvited unknown person is at a party you are hosting, you should call Syracuse Police at 911 (if off campus) or DPS at 443-2224 (if on south campus) for assistance.

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

Public Safety Notice: Important Safety Information for South Campus Residents, 09/11/2012

For the protection and safety of SU students the Department of Public Safety releases the following information:

Important Safety Information For South Campus Residents

Date Issued: September 11, 2012

Case # 12-432783

220 Small Road

The Department of Public Safety is actively investigating the report of three males engaging in suspicious behaviors in the area of 220 Small Road. A student reported to DPS that on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. two suspicious incidents occurred. The three unknown and uninvited males, who do not appear to be SU students, were at her apartment during a party on each night. On the 9th, they became aggressive and threatening when asked to leave. There were no injuries reported.

The suspects were last seen leaving the 220 block of Small Road, unknown direction of travel. 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 suspects:

Suspect # 1 and Suspect #2: male, black, 5’ 6” to 5’ 7”, thin build, 16-18 years of age, shaved head, last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark jeans… Suspect #3: male, black, 5’ 6” to 5’ 7”, thin build, 16-18 years of age, braided hair, last seen wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

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

Public Safety Notice: Off-Campus Robbery, 09/09/2012

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

Off-Campus Robbery

Date Issued September 9, 2012

SPD Case # 12-429958

Comstock Avenue

On Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 3:30 pm the DPS was made aware of a robbery that had occurred on Comstock Avenue, just north of the Manley Fieldhouse on the eastside of the street. The victim who was a person not affiliated with SU was approached by three males, one of whom asked the victim to use his cellphone. When the victim declined the use of his cellphone, one of the males produced a knife and threatened the victim with it. The victim handed the cellphone to one of the suspects who all then fled southbound into Oakwood Cemetery.

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 suspects:

Suspect #1 male black, thin build, about 16 years of age, wearing braided hair style Suspect # 2: male black about 16 years of age thin build. Suspect # 3 male black thin build, about 16 years of age. Two of the suspects were wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans and the other was wearing a blue t-shirt with light colored pants.

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

Public Safety Notice: Off-Campus Strong Arm Robbery, 09/04/2012

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 Robbery

Date issued Tuesday, September 04, 2012

SPD Case # 12-418944

600 block of University Avenue

Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 1220 pm On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, DPS officers learned that on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at about 1220 pm in the 600 Block of University Avenue a person not affiliated with SU was the victim of a strong arm robbery. The victim was approached by an unknown male who grabbed her purse yanking it off her left arm and then fled on foot last seen heading north on University Avenue. The victim did not sustain any injuries as a result.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect 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, white early 30’s with a bald head, wearing an orange shirt with either white lettering or white stripe on it, medium build.

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

Public Safety Notice: Thornden Park Forcible Touching, 08/23/2012

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

Thornden Park Forcible Touching

August 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

Case # 12-406450

A student reported she was forcibly touched by a male while walking through Thornden Park. The student reported that the suspect approached her from behind and was polite as he spoke to her. The suspect then grabbed the victim and pulled her to the ground. The suspect then started to fondle the student and she struck him with her elbow and was able to get free and run to Ostrom Ave. The suspect fled the scene in the opposite direction from Ostrom Ave.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect: Male, black, wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.

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