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 Saturday, March 17 3 a.m. A 21-year-old male student reported noticing a webcam, attached to his roommate’s computer, was pointed toward his side of the room. His roommate had gone home for the weekend. NUPD investigated and found the webcam was recording. NUPD authorized the student to turn off the computer and suggested he leave a note for his roommate to have him contact NUPD when he got back. The roommate returned later that weekend and admitted to setting up the webcam. He claimed he set it up to prove his case in a continuing dispute. The roommates had been trading accusations about who had been staying up too late with the lights on.

Monday, March 12 8 a.m. Staff reporting for work on the first floor of the Behrakis Health Sciences Center discovered a ransacked desk drawer. Some documents and uncashed checks were missing and the door of the office showed signs of having been pried open.

11:30 a.m. Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) detectives questioned a male student on the fourth floor of Speare Hall as part of an ongoing investigation of residence hall drug distribution. NUPD confiscated a large amount of alcohol and evidence of possible drug distribution, including a scale. He will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).

12:30 p.m. NUPD Detectives questioned an 18-year-old male student on the third floor of Stetson East as part of an ongoing investigation. NUPD confiscated a scale, a pipe, some alcohol and a large amount of cash. He will be reported to OSCCR. The investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, March 13 8 a.m. A 17-year-old female high school student reported she was accosted by a male behind the Egan Research Center near Ruggles Station. She said the male had been annoying her on the subway and followed her down the service road behind the center. When she got to school, staff called NUPD. The female said she did not know the male. The investigation is ongoing.

4:30 p.m. Students from Rubenstein Hall reported a person was running on the external fire escape and may have been trying to enter an apartment through a window of his car. NUPD found no one on the fire escape when they arrived. The escape was alarmed, but the alarm never sounded, indicating the suspect had re-entered the building. No items were reported missing and there was no sign of forced entry. 9 p.m. A resident assistant (RA) on the fourth floor of West Village A reported smelling marijuana. NUPD knocked on the door and a 20-year-old male student turned over a bag of marijuana and his pipe. He will be reported to OSCCR.

Wednesday, March 14 3 p.m. A man with no university affiliation parked his car in the Renaissance parking garage. When he returned, the rear window was broken but nothing was missing.

10:30 p.m. NUPD responded to the fourth floor of Davenport B when students reported the odor of marijuana to an RA. Officers found two 19-year-old females, two 19-year-old males and a 20-year-old male and noted a strong odor of marijuana. There was marijuana on a desk in plain sight. Several students turned over their personal marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. They will all be reported to OSCCR.

Thursday, March 15 1:30 a.m. NUPD was called to the third floor of Stetson West by a student whose 18-year-old female friend, also a student, was intoxicated. She was concerned because she thought her friend had also ingested some illegal drugs. The student was conscious and able to talk. She admitted drinking alcohol but denied using any drugs. Her friend told NUPD she had admitted using the drugs to her. She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for evaluation. She will be reported to OSCCR.

Friday, March 16 2:30 p.m. The staff at Snell Library called NUPD to report that a woman, who had previously been told to stay off campus, had entered the library. NUPD found her sitting at a computer, and confirmed her identity as Kelly Sheppard, 44, of Boston. Officers discovered an arrest warrant in effect for her on failure to appear in court for a trespassing charge at Boston University. Saturday, March 17 3:30 a.m. NUPD responded to the first floor of Speare Hall where officers encountered an 18-year-old male resident intoxicated. He had fallen asleep in the common room wearing only his boxer shorts, and was awakened by NUPD. He admitted to drinking seven or eight beers and was evaluated medically and sent back to his room with his roommate. He will be reported to OSCCR.

2:30 p.m. An officer on patrol on Huntington Avenue noticed two males and one female on the sidewalk loading beer into backpacks. He approached and discovered a 21-year-old male student from Western New England College, who admitted buying the beer and was dividing it between a male and female student, both 20 years old. They admitted they were planning to take it back to a university residence hall. The two cases were confiscated. The 21-year-old will be summonsed to court for purchasing alcohol for minors. The two 20-year-olds will be reported to OSCCR.

6 p.m. An officer on patrol discovered three people piling beer into backpacks on Forsyth Street. A 21-year-old male admitted to buying the beer for the 20-year-old male student and his two guests, a 20-year-old male and a 21-year-old male. The purchaser will be summonsed to court for purchasing alcohol for minors. The student will be reported to OSCCR.

11 p.m. David Murphy, a 19-year-old male student who lives at 610 Columbus Ave., called NUPD from West Village C saying he needed police assistance. When officers arrived walked out toward the cruiser, and despite claims he had not been drinking, showed signs of intoxication. He told the officers two nearby young men were bothering him. Officers questioned two sober men, who said they were Murphy’s friends. They said he had been drinking all day and they were trying to get him to come home with them so he wouldn’t get in trouble or get hurt, but he had refused. Murphy acknowledged they were his friends, said he’d go home with them, but when NUPD began to leave he shoved his friends away and ran back into the building. He was then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and will be reported to OSCCR. Sunday, March 18 1 a.m. NUPD was called to White Hall where an intoxicated 19-year-old male student had fallen down in front of the building. He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and will be reported to OSCCR. An 18-year-old student guest also fell down in front of White Hall, and was taken to Boston Medical Center for intoxication. He will be reported to OSCCR.

1:30 a.m. NUPD was called to Stetson East, where an intoxicated student was bleeding from a scalp wound, claiming he fell outside. He was treated and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After his treatment and release, the medical center called the student for a follow up. NUPD went to meet him, and learned he was now reporting that he was assaulted. He admitted to attending an invitation-only Gainsborough Street keg party. The hospital staff said the wound looked like the result of a strike with a beer bottle.

3 p.m. A 21-year-old male student from West Village A returned from a trip and reported his apartment was trashed and full of beer bottles, both empty and full. He knew his underage roommate had had a party, and NUPD confiscated alcohol from the roommate’s refrigerator. The roommate wasn’t there, but will be reported to OSCCR.

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