Northeastern Crime Log

By Nick Mendez

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

Crime Log Entry of the week Thursday, February 22 Noon The manager of Wollaston’s in the Marino Center reported a man in his 50s shoplifted a bottle of laundry detergent. The manager pursued, causing the man to drop the bottle, saying, “All I wanted to do was do my laundry.” He then ran off toward West Village and evaded apprehension.

Tuesday, February 20 Noon A man walked into the Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) saying he was wanted by police and sought to turn himself in. He said he thought NUPD would be kinder to him than the Boston Police Department (BPD) or police in the city where he was wanted. The man, Steven Weinstein, 46, of Mission Hill, has no university affiliation and was wanted for failing to appear in court on motor vehicle charges in Cohasset. Wednesday, February 21 9 p.m. An NUPD officer noticed a man walking on Columbus Avenue, whom he knew had been arrested in the past. The officer also believed the man had failed to report to court for charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Frank Perez, a 25-year-old New Hampshire resident with no university connection, was stopped and questioned. It was determined he was wanted for failing to appear in court and he was arrested.

Thursday, February 22 2 p.m. A 19-year-old female student, acting on a tip from a teaching assistant, reported her roommate had been stealing class assignments from her laptop. The allegedly stolen assignments were labs and homework from several classes both roommates were enrolled in. NUPD spoke to the suspect, who admitted to downloading some of the assignments, but denies turning them in as her own. She will be reported to Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution(OSCCR). 2:30 p.m. A proctor in West Village A reported a woman, who was behaving bizarrely, was trying to gain entry to the building. The woman claimed she used to live there and asked repeatedly to be let in. She also mentioned thinking it was a hotel, before leaving the area. Shortly afterward, an officer saw a woman matching her description on Huntington Avenue near the Marino Center. When NUPD approached to question her, she became violent and disorderly, ran into the Marino Center and was arrested. NUPD identified her as Back Bay resident Helena Mensah-Bonsu, 38, who was a Northeastern student 10 years ago. She has been charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. 2:45 p.m. A caller reported a man acting suspicious behind Chicken Lou’s on Forsyth Street. Jose Bermudez, 42, who lives on Massachusetts Avenue, was stopped by NUPD and questioned. Officers arrested Bermudez after discovering he was wanted by BPD for failure to appear in court on previous trespassing and disorderly conduct charges. 5 p.m. A 19-year-old female student reported a male student made disturbing comments to her regarding a gun when they crossed paths on campus. NUPD visited the student’s eighth-floor Willis Hall apartment to question him. He agreed to a full search, and while a gun was not found, NUPD did find brass knuckles, which are illegal in Massachusetts. They were confiscated, and the student will be reported to OSCCR. He denies making comments regarding a gun. A friend of the female student was recently expelled for robbing the accused male student, and a friend of the expelled student was charged with intimidating a witness because he continued to harass the student who was robbed. NUPD is still investigating the allegation of the gun threats. Friday, February 23 11 p.m. A Resident Assistant (RA) requested NUPD come to Speare Hall after encountering a 24-year-old female visitor intoxicated and unresponsive on the first floor. An 18-year-old male student, who was not intoxicated but said they had been drinking off campus, had signed her into the building. She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by ambulance. The male will be reported to OSCCR.

Saturday, February 24 12:30 a.m. NUPD investigated a report that bottles were being thrown from the sixth floor of the YMCA. Officers found a room on the sixth floor that is not assigned to anyone, but had been left unlocked. Inside they found cups of beer, bottles of liquor, jackets, purses, cameras and iPods, but no people. All the belongings were confiscated, including several IDs, none of which belonged to university students. An hour later an RA called NUPD, having discovered two 20-year-old students and YMCA residents had thrown a party in the room. They had invited students from other universities, mainly Berklee School of Music. The Northeastern students involved will be reported to OSCCR.

2:30 a.m. NUPD saw a man attempting to walk down Forsyth Street fall twice and then vomit. NUPD treated the 19-year-old male student, who wouldn’t say where he had been drinking. He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by ambulance. He will be reported to OSCCR. 3 a.m. A 19-year-old male resident of the fourth floor of Burstein Hall called to report hearing noises coming from his kitchen. He got up and discovered a stranger there. When he asked what he was doing the stranger walked past him, lay down on a bed and went to sleep. NUPD woke the 19-year-old non-student and discovered he was intoxicated and visiting the building. Officers located the 20-year-old female who had signed him in inside her apartment down the hall, and woke her up. She told NUPD they had been drinking off campus. When they came back to the building, she said she thought he was asleep in her apartment. She will be reported to OSCCR. 10:15 p.m. NUPD saw a man urinating in front of Speare Hall. The man initially denied being a Northeastern student and gave police a false name. He showed signs of intoxication and drug use. When he was confronted with having given a false name, he admitted he was a student and became depressed. He said he worried he would get in trouble with his parents because of his drinking problem. Officers determined he didn’t need medical assistance, but that in his mental and emotional state he shouldn’t be left alone. He was held by NUPD until 3 a.m. when his parents, residents of central Massachusetts, came. He will be reported to OSCCR.

Sunday, February 25 1:30 a.m. A 21-year-old female student who lives in an apartment on 109 St. Stephen St. reported she and her roommate were awakened by noises in the apartment. When they went to investigate they found a man holding a broom and threatening them. They managed to shove him out of the apartment and shut the door. NUPD found the man walking out the front door. BPD had also been notified and arrived at the same time. The man gave NUPD a Husky Card, and identified himself as a current student. BPD then arrested him and charged him with burglary. Later, NUPD noticed he had given BPD a different name. An investigation identified him as 20-year-old Jordan Colbourn, a former student who withdrew a couple years ago. NUPD is investigating how he was in possession of a Husky Card, which belonged to a different former student.

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