Campus Police - Community Alerts
Campus Police Department/Sarasota Police Department Alert - Four subjects in Sarasota Park transported to hospital after smoking "Spice" (10/16/13)
The following information is sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff of our Campus Community at the request of the Sarasota Police Department. The concern was that some young adults of College age may use these types of substances and the dangers that are possible from that use. At this time, there is no indication that any of the persons involved in this incident are affiliated with USFSM or New College. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210, the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7070, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
Four men were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital after smoking “spice” on Tuesday afternoon at Five Points Park in Sarasota.
Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers were on patrol at Five Points Park. They noticed approximately 30 people in the park. An officer noticed a man face down near the center in the park. Officers went up to the man and he was unresponsive. Almost simultaneously, three more people collapsed; two other men and a woman.
The first man who collapsed began fighting with EMS. He was able to be restrained and place with rescue. The second male became very combative and violent. Five firefighters assisted the paramedic in restraining the man. The last two victims, man and a woman, were not violent but were extremely sick.
One of the men told officers they were smoking a ‘homemade’ spice that had been sprayed with embalming fluid and/or formaldehyde.
Captain Patrick Robinson, Bureau of Patrol Operations added, “These substances, such as ‘spice,’ are not regulated and can contain substances that could be fatal if ingested.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
Bike Theft (5/7/13)
There have been several thefts from the bike racks around the Cook Library and Academic Building over the past several months. NC/USF S-M Students, Faculty, and Staff are encouraged to secure their bikes when leaving them unattended and to please contact Campus Police if you see any suspicious activity/persons at 941-487-4210 or from any NC/USF S-M Campus Blue Phone.
Suspect Description: White Male, mid 20's, 200-210 lbs., short cropped blond hair wearing a black tee shirt with a green fluorescent "Monster" drink logo on the front and tan colored cargo pants.
Campus Police will be distributing this information and photo to local Law Enforcement Agencies for inclusion into their respective bulletins.
Here are some personal safety tips:
• Walk with another person after dark or call Campus Police at 941-487-4210 for an escort. You may also contact Campus Police from any Emergency Blue Light Phone. Make sure you familiarize yourself with their locations of those phones around the New College and USF Campuses.
• Stay in well-lit areas. Avoid shortcuts and isolated areas and walk away from alleys, dark corners, and bushes whenever possible.
• Trust your instincts if you suspect you are being followed. Change directions and head for an occupied building, a group of people, or an Emergency Blue Light Phone.
• If a driver stops and talks to you, keep your distance from the vehicle to avoid the risk of being pulled inside.
Please report all suspicious persons and vehicles to Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or your local Law Enforcement Agency at 911 if you live off-campus.
• Please make sure to call in any suspicious person or activity to Campus Police from any Blue Emergency Phone or call (941) 487-4210.
• Please keep your bikes and vehicles locked.
• Please keep your Residence Hall Exterior and Interior Doors shut. When you leave, make sure they are locked. Don’t prop open these doors open with tape other obstructions as this can allow unauthorized persons to enter.