February 23, 2017
Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or
observed by The University of Texas At Austin Police Department Patrol
Officers between Wednesday 02/22/17 and Thursday 02/23/17.
With the beginning of tax season we have received multiple calls
regarding attempted scams. These scams are very similar to the ones
we have seen the last two years. An unknown caller clones the
telephone number of a local law enforcement agency or a university’s
telephone number. The caller then uses the cloned number to call a
student. The caller tells the student that the student owes back taxes,
tuition, or failed to complete necessary paperwork. The caller then tells
the student he or she owes money and will either be arrested or kicked-
out of school if the student does not make a payment. The caller
advises the student if they disconnect the phone call, a warrant will be
issued for their arrest. The caller then walks the student through making
a wire transfer. In recent cases, the caller has instructed students to
purchase gift cards and subsequently provide the gift card number over
the phone as payment. Please keep in mind, law enforcement agencies
and universities will not demand payment over the phone. They also do
not demand payment in the form of gift cards. If you receive this type
of call, get information from the caller to include their name, the
department they work for, the name of their supervisor and a case or
file number. Disconnect the call and contact the department the person
said they were calling from to verify the information.
Music Recital Hall 2405 Trinity Street
Criminal Trespass Warning: A UT Staff Member reported a suspicious
person inside the Music Recital Hall. The man was said to be disrupting
classes inside the building. UTPD officers quickly located the man. The
suspect claimed to be a student and said he was looking for his cousin.
Officers sorted through his lies, issued him a criminal trespass warning
and ejected him from campus. Occurred on 02/22/17 at 11:20 am.
2000 Block of San Jacinto Boulevard
Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled Person: UTPD officers responded to
the area after a report of an assault in progress. The responding officers
quickly located the victim, an elderly man with injuries to his face. The
victim told officers that he was sitting on a Capital Metro bus when the
suspect boarded it. The suspect appeared agitated and began to swear
at the elderly man. The elderly man tried to explain that he wanted no
trouble. The suspect then attacked the elderly man and the two
wrestled on the bus for a moment before the suspect ran away. The
suspect was quickly located and taken into custody. He was transported
to Travis County Central Booking and was charged with Injury to an
Elderly Person, a third degree felony. Occurred on 02/22/17 at 1:25 pm.
Department responded to 17 Alarm Reports, 2 911 Hang-ups, 2 Traffic
Violations, 2 Foot Patrols, 6 Suspicious Activity Reports, 2 Assist Other
Law Enforcement Agency Calls, and 15 Public Assists between
Wednesday 02/22/17 and Thursday 02/23/17.
Today’s Campus Watch was prepared by: Officer M. Murphy
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