Police Beat


Crime alerts remain active

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued three crime alerts within one month warning the University community about three serious incidents that were reported.

A juvenile reported July 5 that he had been fondled by an unknown man on University property off West Liberty Avenue in Scio Township. In the second incident, a University employee reported she had been grabbed from behind July 3 as she walked between Hubbard and Hayward drives on North Campus. Both victims, who were uninjured, were able to break free from their assailants and run for help.

A $1,000 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the suspects in a June 9 incident in which a man received a non-life-threatening injury after being shot while walking on Beal Avenue. Additional information, including descriptions of the suspects, can be found on the DPS Web site, http://www.umich.edu/~safety/crime_alerts/2003 -03.html.

In the July 5 incident, the juvenile reported the incident occurred between 7:30 and 8:40 p.m. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches, with a thin build, dark hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing sideburns and possibly a mustache. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue shorts and grey shoes and driving an old, blue or grey, four-door car in poor, rusty condition with a loud muffler.

The suspect in the July 3 assault is described as a 6-foot-2 Black man last seen wearing a dark, short-sleeved shirt.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call the University’s confidential tip line at (800) 863-1355 or DPS at (734) 763-1131.

Prison time for North Campus robbers

Two Ypsilanti women were sentenced to prison July 7 in connection with a series of armed robberies on North Campus Dec. 8 and 9. Folana Carter, 18, was sentenced to 36 months to 15 years on two counts of unarmed robbery. Kisha Richardson, 19, was sentenced to 42 months to 15 years. The original charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery were dropped after they pleaded guilty to the lesser charges. The two also received concurrent sentences for robbing an Ypsilanti Township gas station.

Two other suspects in the North Campus robberies, Eric Oliver, 18, and Keisha Warren, 16, are scheduled to be sentenced July 21 and Aug. 4, respectively.

Rooms of summer campers entered

Four summer campers reported their residence hall rooms had been entered illegally and some personal items, including money, a cell phone and candy, were missing. Two rooms in Bursley Hall reportedly were entered June 18, while another Bursley Hall room and one in West Quadrangle were entered June 25.

ROTC equipment stolen

Equipment, including cameras, along with cash were reported stolen from the ROTC offices in North Hall June 6. Several office doors were found damaged after the theft had been discovered. The value of the stolen items has been estimated at $1,700.

Frequent trespasser arrested for larceny

Bobbie Joe Cunnegin was arrested June 19 for felony larceny from a building after it was reported he stole a bookbag from a student in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Cunnegin, 25, is a frequent trespass violator on campus. At his July 2 preliminary exam, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny and trespass. His bond was set at $200,000 or 10 percent.

The victim reported that when she returned to her table, her bookbag was missing. She described to library staff a man who earlier had been talking with her. DPS officers matched the description to Cunnegin and later found him outside the library with the bookbag.

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