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October 09, 2017

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus criminal activity reported
to or observed by The University of Texas At Austin Police Department
Patrol Officers between 10/2/17 and 10/9/17.
Jester Residence Hall 201 E. 21st Street

Public Intoxication: UTPD officers were dispatched to the residence hall
after a report of a suspicious male who was said to be knocking on
individual room doors. Officers arrived and quickly located the suspect.
The suspect, who was not UT-affiliated, was standing in the doorway of a
room that belonged to three female UT students. Officers observed that
suspect had urinated and drooled on himself, had bloodshot eyes and
would go on to tell officers that he was in San Marcos, not Austin. The
suspect was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication. He
was transported to Travis County Central Booking without incident. It was
later determined that he was and a student from a major university in
San Marcos were visiting a mutual friend who resided in the dorm.
Occurred on 10/08/17 at 04:25 am.

1400 Block of IH-35 Frontage Road

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor: A UTPD officer
observed vehicle blocking a turn lane despite the traffic signal displaying
a green light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver.
The driver, a UT student, explained that he was on the way home from a
party and had been drinking alcoholic beverages. The officer conducted
the standardized test and determined that the driver had been drinking
but was likely not impaired. However, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code
forbids minors from operating a motor vehicle after consuming any
amount of alcohol. The driver was issued a citation for DUI-Minor and his
vehicle was towed and impounded. Occurred on 10/08/17 at 03:55 am.

2500 Block of Seton Avenue

Assault by Contact/Evading Arrest or Detention: Two UTPD officers were
on patrol together when they observed a male (who was not UT affiliated)
consuming alcohol in a public place. The suspect finished his beer then
threw the can at a parked and unattended vehicle. Upon seeing this
behavior, officers detained the man. The suspect then pushed one of the
officers and fled the scene. Officers gave chase and quickly located him.
The officers took the suspect into custody and transported him to Travis
County Central Booking. Occurred on 10/7/17 at 8:04 pm.

1000 Block of E. Manor Road

Possession of Marijuana/Unlawful Carrying of Weapons: A UTPD officer
observed a vehicle failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle
which nearly caused a collision. The officer stopped the vehicle and the
driver instantly opened the door. The officer ordered the driver to close
the door. The driver complied. Shortly contacting the driver, the driver
(who was not UT-affiliated) moved a blanket from his passenger seat and
displayed a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The officer ordered the man
to not reach for the gun. The driver did not heed the officers warning and
reached for the weapon. Reacting to the potential lethal threat, the officer
put the driver at gunpoint. The officer ordered the driver to exit the
vehicle and then placed him in handcuffs. A search of the vehicle yielded
marijuana, scales and other paraphernalia. The driver was taken into
custody and transported to Travis County Central Booking. Occurred on
10/7/17 at 9:42 am.

2400 Block of N. IH-35 Frontage Road

Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Possession of Dangerous
Drug, Failure to Identify, Possession of More than One Valid Driver’s
License: A UTPD officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a red light. The
officer initiated a traffic stop and tried to identify the driver. The driver
(not UT affiliated) gave officers a name and date of birth, but officers
were not able to find a record with that information. The driver gave
officers permission to search the inside of the car. The search yielded the
presence of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe and
prescription pills (which he did not have a prescription for). Officers
ultimately established the driver’s identity and learned that (surprise) he
had a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and transported
to Travis County Central Booking. The passenger was found to have two
Texas Driver’s Licenses – one belonging to her and another belonging to
someone not on scene. She was also taken into custody and transported
to Travis County Central Booking. Occurred on 10/06/2017 at 10:33 pm.

2500 Block of Guadalupe Street

Theft, Evading Arrest or Detention, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia, Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument: A bicycle owned by
The University of Texas that can be easily tracked by our Police
Communications Operators was stolen from a bike rack near
Communications Building B. Officers quickly located the bicycle and its
rider, who was not authorized to be riding the bicycle. Officers ordered
the suspect to stop. The suspect (who was not-UT affiliated) disregarded
the instruction of the officers and fled the area. The officers gave chase
and recognized the man as someone who they knew to have a violent
history and was known to assault police officers. While attempting to flee,
the suspect crashed the bicycle before running away. After a short run,
officers caught up with the man and ordered him to stop. The suspect
then began to move aggressively towards the nearest officer. That officer,
knowing the suspects background and observing hostile action, drew his
Taser and ordered the man to lie on the ground. The suspect complied
and was quickly taken into custody. A search yielded a knife, drug
paraphernalia and wire cutters – presumably used to cut the bicycle’s
lock. The suspect was also the subject of multiple prior criminal trespass
warnings. He was transported to Travis County Central Booking. Occurred
on 10/05/17 at 9:08 pm.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 818 calls for
service (168 of those were alarms), performed 138 traffic stops, made 24
criminal arrests, conducted 61 foot patrols and investigated 15 welfare
concerns between 10/2/17 and 10/9/17.

Today’s Campus Watch was prepared by: Officer Mike Murphy

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