CAMPUS ALERT OFF-CAMPUS ARMED ROBBERY
This communication is prepared as part of the Timely Warning requirement of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1990. This federal law requires a general communication to the campus community of all crimes reported to campus or local police departments that may pose a threat to the campus community. Such reports shall be provided to students and employees in a manner that is timely and that may aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.
On December 06, 2012 at approximately 1120 am, Millersville University students who are residents within an off-campus house in the 100 block of W. Frederick St. called 911 and reported that they were robbed within their residence at gunpoint. The residents related that three unknown taller black males wearing masks entered their unlocked front door and demanded property. One of the suspects was observed with a handgun. The suspects left with undetermined property and/or money, fleeing in an unknown direction.
University Police assisted the Millersville Borough Police in responding to the area. Officers became aware from dispatchers and also the residents that the suspects had time to flee the Millersville area as the residents delayed in making the call to 911. Millersville Borough police conducted the follow-up investigation, and neighboring jurisdictions were notified of the incident. The Borough Police advised the University Police that investigators do not believe the residence was chosen at random.
These incidents are under investigation by the Millersville Borough Police Department, Sgt. Detective Jeffery Margevich. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity or suspicious males in those areas between the hours of 1100 and 1130 on December 6th or has any information regarding the incident or the identity of the males is urged to contact the Millersville Borough Police Department at 717-872-4658 or Millersville University Police at 717-872-3433. Callers can remain anonymous.
Members of the campus community are urged to take regular personal safety precautions such as keeping outside doors locked even while present or leaving for a quick errand. University and Borough Police strongly urge students to keep their outside doors locked even when home. This was also mentioned within an October 2012 timely warning for burglaries. Keeping the outside door locked makes entry less attractive and allow residents to know that someone may be attempting to enter their home. Residents are also encouraged to keep outside lights on in the evening, to lock their vehicles, to not leave valuable property unattended in vehicles, to walk with other known students and reporting all suspicious persons and activity to police.
The Millersville University Police Department provides a safety escort from 11pm-7am and can be contacted at 717-872-3433.