Crime Blotter Jan. 25 – Feb 8

January 26

Car Theft
Parking Structure One
Around 7:15 a.m. Officer Peter Ward responded to a student’s report of a vehicle break-in. Her silver Hyundai Elantra had three windows broken out between 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 26. An expired California driver’s license, a personal check in her name and clothing were all stolen from the vehicle.

January 27

Criminal Mischief
Cramer Hall
At approximately 2:25 a.m. dispatch received an email concerning graffiti in the first floor unisex restroom. A janitor took a photo of the graffiti—the word “Saem” written in orange paint—and subsequently removed it. The email, with an attatched photo, was forwarded to the campus grafiti task force officer, Officer Chris Fischer.

Peter W. Stott Center
Officers Jon Buck and David Troppe were dispatched around 10:02 p.m. to a report of a non-student attempting to break into the building. The officers arrived on the scene and found the individual crouched and peering into the front entrance of the building. The individual insisted he had not entered the building. However, the reporting PSU staff member told Buck that he had witnessed the individual shaking the doors. The staff member asserted further that he later found the individual in the Stott Center and forced him out physically. Eventually, the individual admitted to having been in the building and Officers Buck and Troppe issued him an exclusion.

January 28

Medical Assist
Cramer Hall
Around 10:00 a.m. Officer Gary Smeltzer responded to a report that a student had fallen to the ground and might need transportation to a hospital. After arriving on scene, Smeltzer determined that the student had fallen due to knee pain. The student refused transport to a hospital but did allow Smeltzer to assist him to SHAC.

Neuberger Hall and University Services Building
Between 9:55 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. Officer Fischer responded to two reports of graffiti. The alley between the University Services Building and the Koinonia House was graffitied with the words “Saem,” “Wolf” and “Last Bus Club.” Fischer was then informed of new graffiti in the men’s restroom on the third floor of Neuberger Hall where “Saem” had struck again. Fischer noted that “Saem” seemed to be targeting restrooms according to a specific pattern. The investigation is ongoing.

January 29

Medical Assist
Epler Hall
Around 12:38 a.m. Officer Brian Rominger responded to a medical call from a hall resident. The resident reported that she had been nauseous and vomiting since 9:00 p.m. the previous day, but declined transportation to a hospital by both ambulance and campus safety. She insisted she wait for her mother to arrive before receiving medical attention.

Engineering Building
Around 11:50 a.m. Officer Smeltzer and Lieutenant Craig Whitten responded to a report of a “hold up” on the fifth floor of the engineering building on Fourth Avenue. A faculty member reported that she had found an African American male, approximately 6ˇ and wearing a fuzzy hat, exiting her office and carrying what she recognized as her wallet. She confronted the unidentified man, who returned the wallet and fled the scene when one of her coworkers called campus safety.

Market Center Building
Just after 4:00 p.m. Officer Smeltzer was dispatched to a report from a staff member that between 10:00 a.m. on Jan. 27 and 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 29, a bike seat from her bike had been stolen while it was parked on the B1 level of the building.

Academic and Student Recreation Center
Officer Fischer responded to a report from a student around 11:00 p.m. that his red, purple, blue and pink Nike running shoes had been stolen from the men’s locker room. The student has requested video documentation from the locker room, leaving the investigation open.

January 30

Cramer Hall
Around 9:00 p.m. a student reported that he had witnessed a white male, aged 20–30, with blonde shoulder length hair and a tan jacket exit a stall that had just been spray painted. The student described the possible suspect as “dirty,” but Officer Fischer did not determine whether this person was the “Saem” bandit.

February 3

Hoffman Hall
Officers David Baker and Murphy contacted a non-student trespassing in the men’s restroom around 4:05 p.m. The non-student was placed in handcuffs for officer safety when he repeatedly attempted to reach for an unknown item in his pocket. After the individdual consented to a search of his person, the officers discovered two syringes and a bag with a white crystal substance akin to methamphetamine. The individual was issued an exclusion and the drugs found on his person were confiscated.

Academic and Student Recreation Center
Around 9:17 p.m., a student reported that his wallet had been stolen from his backpack which had been stowed in an unsecured locker in the second floor locker room. The student told Officer Denae Murphy that another student had been watching him while he stowed his belongings and, when he returned just 25 minutes later, both the patron and his wallet were gone. In the wallet were three debit cards, a credit card, a blank check and an insurance card. The case was closed due to lack of investigative leads.

February 5

Student Conduct
Millar Library
At approximately 8:14 a.m. Officers Smeltzer and Shawn McKenzie were dispatched to a report of a student threatening others and waving a knife. The officers arrived on the scene to discover that the student had become upset that the ATM was not dispensing money. He had attempted to access the money by using a knife he grabbed off of a custodial cart, at which point others tried to intervene. The officers calmed the student down.

University Place Hotel
Around 9:53 p.m. Officers Baker, Fischer, Nichola Higbee, and Rominger responded to reports of a fire and individuals trapped on an elevator filling with smoke. The individuals had already managed to exit the elevator upon the officers’ arrival, but white smoke was still accumulating in the lobby. Portland Fire Bureau arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames inside the mechanical room. It was concluded that the elevator’s motor in the mechanical room had overheated after too many individuals occupied the elevator.

February 6

Cramer Hall
An anonymous student reported around 1:33 p.m. that the display outside the Anthropology Office had been vandalized. The word “Israel” had been crossed out and above it was written “Palestine.” The report led to the discovery that the Geography Department’s atlas display on the fourth floor had undergone the same vandalism.

Trespass Arrest and Exclusion
Parking Structure One
Officers Smeltzer and Fischer were dispatched around 3:00 p.m. to respond to reports of three non-students using drugs in the stairwell. The officers apprehended the non-students. Two of the individuals were issued exclusions. The third individuals having been issued a previous exclusion, was arrested for trespassing.

February 8

Broadway Housing Building
Officers Troppe and Baker responded to reports around 10:41 p.m. that a female student had been followed and harassed by a non-student on her way between Millar Library and the Broadway Housing Building. The non-student has been the subject of multiple reports of harassment by female students. Three witnesses reported the harassed student caught the non-student’s attention when she passed him at the Cheerful Tortoise. He began making inappropriate comments as well as getting uncomfortably close to the student’s face. When several individuals confronted the man, he reacted by hitting one with a pizza box, pulling out mace and threatening to stab them with a knife. The student subject of the report did not wish to report the incident, but officers encouraged her to talk to someone at the Women’s Resource Center if she felt compelled.