Northeastern Crime Log

By Mary Ann Georgantopoulos

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

This special edition of the Crime Log features selections of the best entries from the semester.

Crime Log Entry of the Semester Sunday, October 29 3:30 a.m.

A female student at 10 Coventry St. was asleep in her bedroom and woke to find a naked man standing next to her bed. She immediately ran out of the room. Another resident helped chase the man into a restroom, and kept him pinned down until the police arrived. The man claimed to be the football player Terrell Owens. He was arrested but refused to disclose his identity. Officers searched the apartment and discovered some clothing in the closet containing his wallet and identified him as Coventry resident Benjamin Dunn, 18. Officers believe Dunn might have thought he was in his own room and had been drinking vodka and taking pills. He was charged with breaking and entering and indecent exposure. He was ordered to move to another residence hall.

Saturday, September 2 1 a.m. A male student flagged down an officer on Leon Street and reported another man had tried to rob him in Centennial Common. The victim was at afterHOURS for a Welcome Week event, but as he was walking back he was approached from behind by someone who tried to rip the gold chain off his neck. He pointed the suspect, whom he said he knew as a fellow student and former friend, out to police. Shawn Bowden, a 21-year-old student, was arrested for attempted robbery. While officers were processing him they discovered several stolen Husky Cards and a stolen credit card. Bowden was then charged with receiving stolen property and possibly larceny. Police reviewed video tapes at places where the stolen cards were used. He will also be reported to OSCCR.

Monday, September 4 1:30 a.m. A Northeastern Police Department (NUPD) officer saw two groups of what appeared to be Northeastern students in the West Village quad arguing. The officer split up the groups and told them to go home. At 3 a.m. he saw some members of one of the groups again and was worried they were looking for the other group to continue to fight or argue. The group was brought back to police headquarters to cool off and admitted they were looking to pick a fight. The two groups represented two different Northeastern varsity athletic teams and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), as well as to their respective coaches.

Tuesday, September 5 3:30 a.m. Officers responded to an intrusion alarm sounding at the roof door of Rubenstein Hall. They found a 19-year-old male non-student on the roof having a cigarette. The man said a female student whose name he couldn’t remember had signed him in. Police escorted him around the building until he found the room of the student who let him in. She will be reported to OSCCR for violating the guest sign-in rules. The man was escorted off campus.

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.

Wednesday, September 20 1 p.m. For the second week in a row, a female student who read The News report about a man harassing female students reported she believes she encountered the same man Sept. 5 in the Snell Library Quad. She reported he gave her his Yahoo! account name and made the same types of overtures to get her to go out with him and establish a relationship. The woman did not reciprocate. Additional trespassing charges will be filed when William Barlow returns to court in October.

Monday, September 25 1:15 p.m. NUPD overheard on Boston Police Department radio that they were sending officers to Stetson East, where someone had called about an unwanted guest who needed to be removed from the building. NUPD arrived first and spoke to an 18-year-old male student who said a former acquaintance, who was a non-student, had been visiting him and spent the night. The male student then decided he didn’t want the visitor to be his guest anymore and told him to leave. The visitor didn’t and instead assaulted the student, leaving before police arrived. The visitor was located on Tremont Street 15 minutes later and was arrested for assault. Ianto Swanson, 20, of Cleveland, Ohio, has been charged with assault and battery. Swanson has also been told not to come back to Northeastern.

Sunday, October 8 4:30 p.m. A group of high school students began a food fight in the Curry Student Center food court. They were asked to leave as their argument continued. The same group of students later gathered near Forsyth Street, where one 16-year-old male allegedly punched his friend and ran off. Officers contacted the mother of the assaulted student, who will take the matter to his high school’s administration.

Friday, October 20 1:30 a.m. An officer on patrol on Gainsborough Street saw a 22-year-old male student throw a bottle at a police car. He was intoxicated, stumbling and falling down while trying to get away. The officer followed him, and he ran and fell again. The officer continued to follow him and the man put up his hands and apologized for being drunk after he realized he was being followed. He lost his cell phone battery when he fell and it was returned to him. He will be reported to OSCCR.

Tuesday, October 24 4:30 p.m. A female resident of West Village A reported she had returned to her apartment at about 3 p.m. after being out for a few hours. She left her apartment door unlocked. Upon entering her apartment, she found an elderly man asleep on her couch. She went into her bedroom and remained there for an hour while the man slept. Acting on the advice of her friends and neighbors, she called the police. When they arrived, they woke the 62-year-old homeless man, who had known psychological issues. The man was taken to a local hospital. It was later discovered that one of the back doors had been left open by contractors working on the building.

Monday, November 13 9 p.m. Female residents in Smith Hall reported their apartment has been the repeated target of fruit and liquid thrown at the door over the past week. The door was stained as a result of being hit with so much fruit. The ResLife staff said they would speak to the other residents on the floor to see who was responsible.

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