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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)
Campus Police obtained video footage of a subject involved in a bike theft in front of the New College Academic Building next to the Library this afternoon. The subject drove a bike up to the bike rack, parked it, cut the lock from an adjacent bike, and drove off in an unknown direction towards Bay Shore Road.

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.


Report of Off-Campus Sexual
Assault (3/17/13)
Campus Police have been advised of a sexual assault that occurred off-campus in the area of US 41, Tamiami Trail, approximately 1 mile South of the New College Campus. Two New College Students received information from the victim who said that on March 17th at approximately 1:00 AM, she was sexually assaulted by three African American males as she walked down US 41 by 46th Street in the City of Sarasota. The Sarasota Police Department responded but the victim refused transportation to a local hospital and did not want to file a police report. The vehicle was described as a four-door SUV, unknown make, model, or color. There is no other description of the suspects or the vehicle involved. This information is provided to make the Campus Community aware of an incident that occurred in the area of New College and USF.

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.


Stolen Property (2/21/13)
On February 21, 2013 at 3:30 AM, the Sarasota Police Department advised Campus Police they were detaining a subject who was in possession of property belonging to a New College Student. The Student was located and investigation revealed that the property was stolen from her unlocked vehicle that was parked on the New College Campus. Charges are currently pending against the suspect. The suspect had other property in his possession that did not belong to him but as of now an owner has not been located. Please contact Campus Police if you are missing any property from your vehicle. There is no evidence indicating he was in any Residence Hall.

• 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.

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For all life-threatening fire or medical emergencies, please dial 911.

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