Northeastern Crime Log

By Bessie King

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

Tuesday, June 6 10:30 a.m. A female graduate student reported as she was walking on Columbus Avenue near Renaissance Park, a man touched her inappropriately as he passed by. Both kept walking, but the student called the Boston Police Department (BPD) on her cell and reported the incident. She also saw a transit police officer and reported the incident, because she believed the suspect went into a nearby station. When she pointed him out the suspect fled. He was described as a college-aged male.

Noon A contractor parked behind the Egan Center left his truck unlocked, and when he returned, reported his cell phone was missing.

3:15 p.m. A 20-year-old male student reported his bike stolen from Centennial Commons. He locked it around 1 p.m. using a solid U-lock, and when he returned, both the bike and the lock were gone.

Wednesday, June 7 Noon A female student reported receiving numerous unwanted text messages from a former friend, who is also a student at the university. She was concerned over the possibility that her friend needed psychological counseling. Northeastern Police Department (NUPD) officers contacted University Health and Counseling Services and the student will get counseling.

Saturday, June 10 1:00 p.m. NUPD officers found a 54-year-old homeless man sleeping in the men’s room in the basement of Ell Hall. The man reported feeling safe on campus and said he often sleeps here. He was asked not to do this again.

7:00 p.m. An officer patrolling the Marino Center heard glass shatter and saw two males walking quickly by the turnstiles. The attendant said she thought someone broke a light in the stairway and the officer stopped the males to question them. Jake McLivert, a 22-year-old student, and his 19-year-old brother admitted to playing around and bumping into the light fixture. Officers noticed the student smelled of alcohol and when asked for ID, he became disorderly and uncooperative. The officer also noticed a bottle of liquor hanging from the 19-year-old’s pocket and asked about it. The student began shouting and shoved the officer. The student was arrested on charges of inappropriate behavior, procuring alcohol for minors and assaulting an officer. His brother was told not to return to campus. The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) was notified.

Monday, June 12 8:30 a.m. A 21-year-old male student returned to his apartment in West Village after being away for the weekend and reported his bike was missing. He had left it in the living room before leaving and his three roommates never noticed it missing. The students often prop the door open with a telephone and believe the bike may have been taken while the door was open.

Tuesday, June 13 3:00 p.m. A 20-year-old male student locked his bike at noon in Centennial Commons and by the time he returned at 2:30 p.m., the bike and lock were gone.

4:30 p.m. A 22-year-old male student left his laptop on a table on the first floor of the Curry Student Center while he went to the restroom. When he returned after a few minutes, the computer was gone.

Wednesday, June 14 9:30 a.m. The manager at Wollaston’s in the Marino Center detained an 18-year-old student who was suspected of stealing candy. NUPD officers spoke to the student, who was uncooperative and refused to return the stolen goods. After officers questioned the student, they managed to recover several packs of candy. The student admitted he had made a bad decision, and said despite having the money to pay for the goods, decided to steal them. He has been banned from Wollaston’s and was reported to OSCCR.

Thursday, June 15 3:00 a.m. A West Village G smoke detector was set off in the sixth floor of the building, and evacuation officers discovered an extinguisher discharged in the corridor. Coincidentally, they recognized a 21-year-old male student outside who lived in the room where the detector had been set off, who had been stopped twice earlier for disorderly conduct. The student denied the charges, but has been reported to OSCCR.

8:30 a.m. A staff member in West Village C reported students entering with a bike rack. NUPD officers investigated and located the rack in the common area, holding the roommate’s bike. The four students were out the previous night and when they returned, decided to take the rack, intending to return it once the semester was over. They have each been reported to OSCCR.

9:40 a.m. NUPD received a call regarding domestic violence in the area of Forsyth Street and Huntington Avenue. Officers arrived and separated a 21-year-old student and her 26-year-old husband. After investigating, officers learned the couple had been arguing because the husband had pulled the woman’s bag abruptly, which resulted in her bruising. She described previous verbal and physical threats to officers, and the man, Bernard J. Ilagan, was taken into custody for domestic assault and battery. A restraining order was granted to the student that same day. Editor’s Note: These charges were later dropped in full on Sept. 14, 2006.

Friday, June 16 2:06 a.m. A 21-year-old male student reported that as he was walking back to his apartment in West Village, three teenagers assaulted him, continuing to punch and kick him while he was on the ground. The BPD was notified, but the teens were not located. No cause for the assault has been determined.

2:10 a.m. A fire alarm in West Village A was set off on the third floor. NUPD has been unable to identify the person responsible, and there were no signs of smoke or fire.

2:25 a.m. Officers responded to a fight near St. Stephen’s Street, dispersed a crowd of people and took into custody one male, Christopher McKinney, a 22-year-old Northeastern graduate from Boston, who continued misbehaving.

1:47 p.m. NUPD received a report from a woman in Ryder Hall who apparently saw someone trying to steal a bike. However, when NUPD officers arrived on the scene, there were no signs of a missing bike.

Saturday, June 17 9:15 p.m. An officer patrolling the Fenway noticed a man near a van and two other males close by. As the officer approached them, he saw one man with his hands in a sack and three others inside the van with a visible bag of marijuana. The officer called for back up, and the person with the sack ran away. He was pursued, apprehended, arrested and charged with marijuana possession. One of the men inside the van had an outstanding warrant from Quincy. He was arrested for the outstanding warrant and marijuana charges. When the sack was emptied, a .22 caliber revolver with six rounds of ammunition was found and the two men were also charged with firearm and ammunition handling. Two other men fled and two more were allowed to leave without charges. The arrested men are Jason Watson, 23, of Roxbury, and Michael Pemberton, 25, of Mattapan.

Sunday, June 18 2:58 a.m. NUPD officers responded to a reported motor vehicle accident on Huntington Avenue near the Ruggles MBTA station. The driver fled the scene and was found hiding near the bushes at Wentworth Institute of Technology. NUPD assisted Wentworth police and Transit police. The driver is a 21-year-old from South Boston and will be summoned by transit police.

Monday, June 19 2:36 a.m. NUPD discovered graffiti in the Marbury Terrace warehouse.

10:27 a.m. Construction workers near Holmes Hall were testing steam pipes when excessive pressure caused an explosion. Dirt and rocks went flying in the air, breaking windows and injuring an officer. He was taken to the hospital and is reported in good condition.

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