Community Crime Alerts

SUDPS quotes

Community Crime Alerts are reports of major criminal incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2008-2009. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.


Fall 2008 | Winter 2009 | Spring 2009


Robbery Suspect Arrested

On June 14th, at approximately 1:45 am, a robbery occurred in the Bob House. The victim entered her room and discovered a male whom she did not know hiding in her room. She immediately noticed her property had been rifled and some items were missing. The victim attempted to detain the suspect several times, there was a brief struggle, and the suspect fled the scene through the rear door. The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5'-11, approximately 20 years old and wearing a black shirt.

At 2:19 am the same day, there was a burglary at the Theta Delta Chi House. The Theta Delta Chi residents called 911 immediately to report the burglary and provided a description of the suspect which matched the description of the suspect at the Bob House robbery. This allowed the police to apprehend the suspect in the vicinity a short time later. The suspect was arrested for robbery and burglary.

SUDPS encourages you to report suspicious persons and activities immediately by dialing 911 from your cell phone, 9-911 from a campus phone, or activating an emergency 911 blue tower.

Posted 06/14/09

- top -

Scam Alert

A student reported that he had responded to an ad on the internet for a summer tutoring job. Before the job began, the student received a check in the mail for $3,150 and was supposed to keep $700 for his tutoring fees and immediately wire the remaining money to a third party. Suspecting a scam, the student did not cash the check or send the money.

Public Safety urges people to be alert to financial transaction scams. They take many different forms, but the general pattern is for a recipient to receive a check for an amount of money that is greater than the amount owed or expected. The suspect asks you to cash the check and send him (or her) the difference. The suspect’s goal is for you send them money from your bank account before your bank notifies you that the check sent by the suspect bounced.

Posted 06/09/09

- top -

Interrupted Office Burglary

On Thursday, June 4th, at 12:20 pm a graduate student interrupted a male suspect attempting to steal a laptop computer from a lab in the Lokey Building. When the graduate student confronted the suspect, the suspect fled. The suspect was not able to take the computer because it was locked to the desk with a cable lock.

The witness described the suspect as a black male in his mid ‘40s to early ‘50s, tall, thin, and balding with a receding hairline. He was last seen wearing, a light blue, long sleeved, button-down, oxford shirt, and tan or khaki slacks.

This description is similar to the suspect description in the office burglaries that took place over the last several months at MSOB, McCullough and the Carnegie Institution.

SUDPS strongly encourages you to immediately implement the following security measures:
Lock your doors and windows whenever you leave your office.
Lock your laptops and computers to your desk or place them in another secure location such as a locked drawer or cabinet.
If you see suspicious activity call 911 immediately.

Posted 06/05/09

- top -

Assault

On May 9, 2009, at approximately 30 minutes after midnight, a juvenile male was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with another male near Stern Hall. The juvenile stated that the fight ended when the suspect (described below) pulled a small pocket knife and cut the victim's head leaving a 1 inch cut to the right side of the head near the temple. The victim had friends drive him to the Stanford Hospital for treatment.

Suspect description (as provided by the victim): male, Asian descent, 20s, 5’6” tall, 125 pounds, black hair, brown eyes; last seen wearing black designer reading glasses, black t-shirt, black pants or shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Posted 05/09/09

- top -

Office Burglaries

Stanford Police are investigating three office burglaries that occurred on Friday March 27th between 1:00 and 3:00pm where laptops were taken. The locations of the burglaries were MSOB, McCullough and the Carnegie Institution. A witness described the suspect as a black male, about 35 to 40 years old, 6’3” tall, weighing approximately 180 lbs with a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing glasses, a white long sleeved button down shirt, and tan slacks.

We strongly encourage you to immediately implement the following security measures:

Lock your doors and windows whenever you leave your office.

Lock your laptops and computers to your desk or place them in another secure location such as a locked drawer or cabinet.

If you see suspicious activity call 911 immediately.

Posted 03/30/09

- top -

Auto Burglaries

There were four window smash vehicle burglaries on campus today. Two of the vehicles were burglarized on Serra Street, one was on Lasuen Street at Campus Drive and the fourth was on Escondido Road near Kimball Hall. No suspects were seen.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety strongly urges you to remove all items in view from your vehicle. All briefcases, computer cases, tote bags, gym bags, electronic accessories, and the mounting devices for the electronic equipment/ accessories should be removed from the vehicle or concealed so they are not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle. A mounting device left in view may be an indicator to the thief that its associated electronic device may still be hidden in the vehicle (glove compartment).

Report any suspicious person in or around the area of parked vehicles by dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone, 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone line or from a blue 911 emergency tower.

Posted 03/11/09

- top -

Burglaries

Over the past three days, there have been three burglaries in University buildings and offices. There is no consistent pattern in the timing of the crime or method of entry. There is no suspect description.

If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to immediately implement the following security measures:

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave your office
  • Lock your laptops and computers to your desk or place them in another secure location such as a locked drawer
  • If you see suspicious activity call 911 immediately

Posted 02/05/09

- top -

Vehicle & Bike Theft

On 12/9/08 at approximately 7pm, a student walking behind Phi Sig observed a suspicious situation. He saw a person transferring several bicycles between two parked vehicles. The student went to the nearest Emergency Blue Tower to report his observations. When deputies responded to the scene the suspect fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was arrested. One of the vehicles recovered was stolen from Oakland; the other vehicle was stolen from Stanford. Two of the three bicycles recovered were determined to have been stolen from Stanford.

If you see suspicious activity call 911 immediately.

Posted 12/12/08

- top -

Burglaries

On 11/25/08, between 12:30 and 4:30 pm, two burglaries occurred at Stern Hall. The suspect(s) entered both rooms through unlocked doors and two laptops were taken.

A witness described two suspects. The first suspect was described as a large male, possibly Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, wearing a green sweater. The witness described the second suspect as a female, possibly Pacific Islander, who appeared to be college-aged.

A second witness heard someone knocking on doors and when the witness called out, a female voice answered and said she was looking for Maria. No one named Maria lives on that floor.

If you see anyone suspicious in your dorm - call 911 immediately.

Posted 11/26/08

- top -

Burglaries

On 11/12/08 between 11:00 am and 12:40 pm, Wilbur Hall was the target of three burglaries. Three laptop computers and other electronic equipment were taken. The unknown suspect entered the rooms through unlocked doors.

If you see anyone suspicious in your dorm - call 911 immediately.

Posted 11/14/08

- top -

Sexual Assault

A non-stranger sexual assault occurred on November 6th, 2008, in an on-campus student residence. The female victim was illegally touched in a sexual nature by a male who was known to her. The suspect is in custody.

Posted 11/11/08

- top -

Armed Robbery

On Monday, October 13, 2008, at approximately 11:40am, Palo Alto Police responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at the underground pedestrian tunnel located below the CalTrain station at 95 University Ave. The suspects struck and injured the male victim from behind with a baseball bat. Cash was also taken from the victim. The suspects were described as being two black male adults of unknown ages. One suspect had short black hair and wore a blue shirt, beige pants, and carried the bat. The second suspect wore a dark shirt and brown or black pants. Palo Alto police are increasing their patrols in and around the area due to a recent string of strong-arm robberies.

Pedestrians are encouraged to walk in pairs or groups, to always be aware of their surroundings, and to avoid talking on cell phones or listening to headphones while walking. As always, please immediately report crimes in progress or suspicious persons and activities by calling 9-1-1.

Posted 10/14/08

- top -

Strong-arm Robbery in Palo Alto

There has been another strong-armed robbery in Palo Alto. Police responded to the 100 block of Loma Verde Avenue near Alma St. (south of Oregon Expressway) just after 10:30 pm on Sunday night, October 5, 2008. The female victim was walking alone when she heard footsteps behind her. A male subject ran up and knocked her to the ground. He threatened her with a knife and forcibly removed her backpack, containing her wallet, cash and cell phone. The suspect was last seen running away on foot, west-bound on Loma Verde, then north-bound on Alma. The suspect is described as being a black male adult, aged 20-25 years, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing about 170 lbs. He was wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and a white cloth on his head.
Citizens are reminded to avoid walking alone, especially at night. Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to call the PAPD anonymous-tip line at 650-329-2190.

Posted 10/07/08

- top -

Burglaries

On 10/7/08 there was another laptop burglary at a student residence on campus. The suspect or suspects have now stolen several laptops from dorms and row houses.

The suspect was described as a:

Black, male
Early 20's,
5’11” tall
195 lbs.
Black hair - short or shaven
Brown eyes
"Looked and dressed like a student"

The suspect was last seen wearing a red athletic football style jersey possibly with the number "26" in white and black or navy blue athletic style shorts. The suspect asked, "Is there an ATM nearby?" He may be associated with two other suspects that were seen in previous burglaries. No description is available.

If you see anyone suspicious in your dorm - call 911 immediately.

Theft Protection Information:
  • Never prop open a locked door.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security device.
  • When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for only an instant.
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
  • Contact the SUDPS to borrow engravers for your home or office equipment; engrave computers, stereos, and televisions with your drivers license number (including home state) or department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.

Posted 10/07/08

- top -

Burglaries

On 9/30/08 Mirrielees and Wilbur Hall were targets of burglaries. There was no forcible entry. Laptop computers were taken.

If you see anyone suspicious in your dorm - call 911 immediately.

Theft Protection Information:

  • Never prop open a locked door.
  • When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for only an instant.
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security device.
  • Contact the SUDPS to borrow engravers for your home or office equipment; engrave computers, stereos, and televisions with your drivers license number (including home state) or department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.

Posted 09/30/08

- top -

Strong-Arm Robberies in Palo Alto

There have been four strong-arm robberies near North California Avenue between September 8th and September 16th September 8, 10:40pm – A woman was accosted and robbed of cash and a cell phone while walking on the pedestrian underpass at the California Ave Caltrain station. The suspect is described as a black male in his 40s, approximately 170 lbs., and between 5’8” and 5’11” tall.

September 10th, 9:40pm – A woman was approached by a suspect from behind. The suspect grabbed her purse forcefully from her shoulder. The suspect fled with the purse back to his car, and then drove westbound on North California Avenue. The subject was described as dark-skinned, 5’10" to 6’ tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds. The suspect wore a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. The vehicle was described as a dark colored, smaller, square-shaped sedan.

September 14, 10:00am – A woman is knocked down from behind and robbed of her purse while walking in the 1000 block of Newell Road. There is no suspect description in this case.

September 16, 12:23am – A man is jumped by two suspects in the 400 Block of Cambridge Avenue. The suspects are described as white males between the ages of 18 to 20, both about 5’9” and approximately 160 lbs. The suspects were wearing baggy t-shirts.

Palo Alto Police are actively investigating these incidents. Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to call the PAPD anonymous-tip line at 650-329-2190.

Posted 09/17/08

- top -

Woman accosted by armed robber at Stanford Research Park

On 9/4/08, at 12:27 p.m., police took a call from a woman who said she was robbed at the intersection of Porter Drive and Hanover Street, near the Lockheed Martin campus off of Page Mill Road. About 10 minutes before that, she said, a man walked up to her, opened his jacket to flash a handgun and said he didn't want to use it. He took her cell phone and purse. Shortly thereafter, police spotted a car with a passenger who matched the suspect's description. They pulled over the vehicle on El Camino Real, but have not yet determined whether the occupants were involved in the crime. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his mid-20s with very close-cropped dark hair and a goatee. He was wearing white shorts and shoes, with white crew socks pulled up, and a zipped-up black jacket with a San Jose Sharks logo. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's tip line at (650) 329-2190.

Posted 09/05/08

- top -