Northeastern Crime Log

By Ricky Thompson and Jessica Torrez-Riley

Crime Log entries are selected from Northeastern’s Division of Public Safety reports.

Crime Log Entry of the week: Friday September 8 10 p.m. An NUPD officer saw a man wearing a shirt but no pants outside Stetson West. The officer asked the 18-year-old male student why he wasn’t wearing any pants, and the student told the officer he was wearing underwear. The student lifted up his shirt to show the officer his underwear. He said his reasoning was that he had just watched the movie “Risky Business” and wanted to emulate it. The student went back inside at the officer’s urging.

Tuesday, September 5 8:30p.m. A Northeastern Police (NUPD) officer noticed three young men in the alley adjacent to Our House East putting beer into a backpack. The officer questioned them and determined that a 21-year-old male Emerson College student purchased the beer for 19- and 20-year-old Northeastern students. The beer was confiscated. The Northeastern students were reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR). The Emerson student was reported to the college’s dean of students and summonses to court. He was charged with buying alcohol for minors.

Wednesday, September 6 9 a.m. A teacher at the Health Career Academy reported her cell phone missing after she left it unattended in a classroom the previous day.

1:30 p.m. The media services staff reported that a DVD player in a classroom in Hurtig Hall had been tampered with in an apparent attempt to steal it, but the would-be thief fled before the player was removed from the rack.

9 p.m. An officer on patrol in the Fenway detected the odor of marijuana and looked across the street, where he saw a group of people standing near Kerr Hall. The officer found an 18-year-old male student and four friends passing a joint among themselves in the bushes. The student, who lives in one of the freshman residence halls, was reported to OSCCR. Four male students with him, two 16-year-olds and two 18-year-olds, were not arrested, but were told not to return to campus.

Thursday, September 7 12:30 a.m. An officer patrolling the Fenway confiscated marijuana and rum from a group of six students from Northeastern and Emmanuel College. The three male and three female students were all 18 years old. The Northeastern students were reported to OSCCR and Emmanuel officials were notified of the incident.

1:30 a.m. An NUPD officer observed a heavily intoxicated female on the Fenway. The 18-year-old Massachusetts College of Pharmacy student was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by ambulance.

10:30 a.m. A staff member in the Curry Student Center reported a former student has been making dozens of harassing phone calls to staff in the student center for weeks. NUPD will be contacting him and urging him to stop.

Friday, September 8 1 a.m. A Resident Assistant (RA) came upon an intoxicated 18-year-old male student passed out in the men’s room in Smith Hall. He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and will be reported to OSCCR.

2:30 a.m. A section of West Village G was evacuated after a fire alarm was set off by vandals discharging a fire extinguisher.

Saturday, September 9 3 a.m. NUPD officers noticed two men crouching down between parked cars on Burke Street. One man saw the police approaching and yelled to the other to look out for the police. They were stopped for questioning and were both arrested. Gerardo Grajales, a 23-year-old from Boston, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the Boston Police Department (BPD) for failing to appear in court on an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct. He had no connections with Northeastern. His companion, 22-year-old Waverly Francis, was arrested during questioning for possession of marijuana and carrying a full toolbox of screwdrivers and a crowbar. At least one car in the vicinity had damage to its door around the lock.

4 a.m. BPD officers came upon a loud group on Columbus Avenue and told them to go home. They appeared to have been coming out of a party at an apartment nearby. One of them would not leave and challenged the police verbally and with inappropriate gestures with both hands. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and public drinking. He is not believed to be a Northeastern student. NUPD is investigating the incident.

Sunday, September 10 12:30 a.m. There was a brief scuffle on the dance floor at afterHOURS involving a student who said he was bumped by, and exchanged words with another student. Punches were thrown, the student said, but the assailant fled before officers arrived.

3 a.m. An NUPD officer on St. Stephen Street saw two people walk down a street and then walk up onto the bumper, hood, roof and then off the trunk of a car. The officer stopped them and the 21-year-old female and 23-year-old male acted beligerently They have no affiliation with Northeastern. There were fresh scratches on the car and the owner of the car was contacted.

3 p.m. A 20-year-old female student reported being harassed by her former boyfriend, a 23-year-old student. She indicated that he had been physically abusive to her on at least one occasion and she was informed of her domestic abuse rights. Later that night, the officer contacted the male and told him that the woman wanted to have no contact with him in the future. The male student then filed a report, saying he wanted to get a restraining order against her and it was emphasized to him that he should not contact her anymore.

5:30 p.m. An 18-year-old female student reported she had been in the main floor of Snell Library earlier in the day when a middle-aged man approached her and sat down nearby and began speaking to her. The man said he was trying to get to know her. He was passing her some notes and poetry and asking to exchange information. He shared some information about his MySpace account and then he moved closer to her and kissed her on the cheek. Shocked at the move, she decided to leave the library and report the incident to police. He fit the description of a man who was making similiar overtures toward college women earlier in the summer. In the past he was issued a trespass warning and staff were told to be on the lookout incase he returned.

Monday, September 11 8:30 a.m. Snell Library staff called to report the middle-aged male who harassed a female the day before was in the library. Officers arrested 34-year-old William Barlow of Boston for trespassing. He was questioned about the incident the day before and admitted that he was the same person, but said he didn’t consider it assault. He was arrested for trespassing and will be charged with assault. He was again warned to stay off campus.

9 a.m. Staff in Stearns Center reported that the flatscreen TV mounted in the lobby wall late last week was gone. It had not been secured with any security cables.

11:30 a.m. Staff at Wollaston’s in the Marino Center reported that a man had been approaching customers and students and telling them he is in a crisis and needs money. His description closely fits a man the police have known about in this neighborhood for some years who has made his living conning people with phony stories. He was arrested several times in past years. NUPD advises students that, if approached by someone who needs money to retrieve keys from a vehicle, let the person know that NUPD can unlock the car free of charge.

3 p.m. A 28-year-old male alumnus reported that he had borrowed a bicycle from a student and parked it outside Ryder Hall, but when he returned it was no longer there.

9 p.m. An NUPD officer noticed two people on Huntington Avenue who were stopping pedestrians and appeared to be asking for money. The officer overheard them, claiming they were soliciting for a nationally-known charity, but they had no literature, no permits and one of them was drinking out of a nip. The officer began questioning them. As he did, a 25-year-old female law school student interfered with the officer and his questioning by demanding that the officer tell her what right he had to question the two men. The officer called for another officer to assist. Several other officers responded with the BPD and warned her to get away or she would be arrested for interfering. The female continued to insist that they had no right to stop the two people. The two people were arrested, one by BPD on an outstanding warrant for larceny and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the other by NUPD, also on a warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The law student was reported to OSCCR.

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