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Kent State University Police Seek Assistance in Locating Suspects

Posted Nov, 22, 2009

The Kent State University Police are investigating a strong-arm robbery and assault that occurred at 3:17 a.m. Sunday morning in the Commons area, north of the art building.  Two Kent State University students report being robbed and assaulted by four subjects.  All the subjects are described as black males approximately 6' tall with athletic builds and wearing jeans and tennis shoes.  The first suspect has facial hair and was wearing a black thermal shirt.  The second suspect had a white track jacket with a star on the left side that was possibly red in color and he was wearing a grey skullcap.  The third suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and the fourth had a red hoodie sweatshirt.  The victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Kent State University Police at 330-672-3070.

Information can also be provided by using Threat Line, an anonymous reporting system provided by Kent State. The phone line and Web site are confidential, toll free and available any time of the day or night. Individuals with information about violence or threats of violence on campus are encouraged to contact Kent State Police Services at 330-672-SAFE (7233) or www.kent.edu/threatline.

The safety of our faculty, staff, students and visitors is our first priority at Kent State University.  Besides the presence of the Kent State Police Department, Security aides are available to provide escorts across campus each night between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Call 2-7004 for an escort on campus. The security aides are in direct contact with University Police Services via two-way radios. Every residence hall complex is patrolled from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. every day.  Our well lighted campus also includes outdoor campus phones, which can be recognized by their blue lights, can be used for emergency and non-emergency situations.  Courtesy phones are located at the entrances to residence halls. Frequently used campus phone numbers are posted at each phone including numbers for emergencies, campus security, and escort and motorist assistance.

Cooperation and engagement of all students, faculty and staff in our campus safety program is our best defense against crime. We encourage all members of our campus community to take simple, common-sense precautions to as a way to assume responsibility for their own safety. Please consider these tips:

--Find safety in numbers, practice walking with a companion or in groups at night;

--Keep the doors of residences, offices and automobiles locked;

--Mark your valuables with a personal identification number in case of loss or theft;

--Have your keys ready when walking across parking lots and watch for any suspicious person or activities;

--Never leave your keys unattended in the car ignition; and

--Lock all valuables such as mobile devices, laptops, cameras, book bags, briefcases and textbooks in the trunk.

Additional information will be posted at the Kent State Web site, www.kent.edu, as it becomes available. 

Media Contact: Tom Neumann (216) 695-0554