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 SECURITY ALERT - Attempted Robbery/ Assault December 22, 2012

On December 22, 2012 at about 7:00 p.m., a male was the victim of an assault and attempted robbery, as he entered his apartment building on W. 115 St. between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive. Two suspects, one of whom is pictured below, followed the male in the area of W. 115 St. and Amsterdam Ave. and when he entered his vestibule, they followed him in, punched him, knocking him to the ground and attempted to remove his property. The suspects fled on foot into Morningside Park.

A description of the second suspect, not shown in the photo, is as follows:

Male/ black/ early 20's/ 6'/ medium complexion, wearing a shiny dark bubble jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, dark shoes and a hat.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Larceny December 17, 2012

On December 17, 2012 at about 4:10 p.m., property was stolen from an office in the Law School. The male shown in the photo is observed on a number of cameras, walking the halls of the Law School, and looking in different offices. He is later observed on video, using credit cards stolen from an employee in the Law School. Additional review shows this male in Business/ Law just prior to entering the Law School. If observed, contact Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Phone Snatch December 18, 2012

On December 18, 2012 at about 2:10 p.m. a female was the victim of a phone snatch as she walked south on Riverside Drive near Sakura Park at W. 122 St. The victim was approached by the suspect who demanded her phone. A struggle for the phone took place and the suspect took the phone and went north on Riverside Drive, where he entered a white sedan and left the area. The victim provided the following description of the suspect:

Male/black/medium complexion/28-33 yrs/5'8"-9"/160lbs/wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a white shirt, light blue jeans and white sneakers.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

Remember to stay alert when talking or texting as you travel throughout the neighborhood.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Robbery December 09, 2012

On December 09, 2012 at approximately 9:10 PM on W 170 Street between Haven and Fort Washington Avenues, an affiliate reports while walking east and listening to music on an I Phone, an unknown male approached, displayed a knife and removed the phone from her hand. The male fled east towards Fort Washington Avenue. Public Safety and NYPD personnel responded and conducted a canvass of the area with negative results. There were no reported injuries.<\p>

The following description was provided by the victim;<\p>

Male (dark complexion), 18-20 years old, 5'05" wearing a dark jacket and light pants, armed with a knife.<\p>

Please use caution and be aware of your surroundings while walking in public and using or listening to electronic devices with headphones.<\p>

Anyone with additional information should contact the 33rd precinct Detective Unit at 212.927.3780 or Public Safety Investigations.<\p>

Brian Brady, Sr. Investigator Department of Public Safety 212.305.3493

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 SECURITY ALERT - Bike Theft December 06, 2012 UPDATE! - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On December 5, 2012 at about 10:36 p.m., the male shown in the photo below, removed a bicycle from the hallway of an apartment building on W. 111 St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. It appears from the video that the suspect may have been delivering food to a tenant in the building, just prior to the theft. If you have any information about this suspect or this crime, contact Det. Lugo at the 26Pct. Detective Unit, 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Burglary November 23, 2012 UPDATE! - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On November 23, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m., the male shown in the photo below, is observed on video, removing property from a residence on W 115 St. between Broadway and Riverside Drive. If you have any information about this incident, contact Det. Signoretti at the 26 Pct. Detective Squad, Tel. # 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - ARMED ROBBERY November 15, 2012

On November 15, 2012, at about 7:30 p.m., a Teachers College student was the victim of a gunpoint robbery in Morningside Park. The student entered the park at W. 120 St. and was accosted by a male who grabbed her around the shoulder and displaying a gun, demanded her property. The victim ran out of the park, and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The following description was supplied by the victim: Male /black/ dark complexion/35-40 yrs/6'-6'4"/220-250lbs/ wearing a dark jacket with hood and blue jeans.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351. Remember to utilize the Columbia University shuttle service. Information about this service can be found on the Public safety website : www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY November 15, 2012

On November 15th, 2012 at approximately 8:15 PM, in the vicinity of Ft. Washington Ave and W173 St, a Columbia University student was the victim of an attempted armed robbery. The victim had walked northbound when he was encircled by 3 suspects. Suspect #1 displayed a handgun while suspect #2 attempted to remove the backpack. The Student immediately fled the scene. The student was not injured and his property was not taken.

The following descriptions were given by the victim. Suspect #1 with black handgun - male/ light skin hispanic-black/ 15-16yrs /5'7"/ wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark jacket. Suspect #2 - male/ medium skin hispanic-black/15-16 yrs/5"7'/wearing dark clothes. Suspect #3 - male / dark skin hispanic-black/15-16 yrs/5'7"/wearing dark clothes.

If you have any information about this incident, or you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or you feel threatened in any way, call the Police immediately by dialing 911.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Forcible Touching November 16, 2012

On November 16, 2012 at about 1:54 a.m. a student was followed, by the male shown in the photos below, as she walked towards her dormitory. Near W.115 St and Riverside Drive, he approached her from behind, grabbed her, and then fled east on W. 115St. towards Broadway. If you have any information about this crime, contact the undersigned. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings when traveling alone at night. Use the Columbia University shuttle service or the Public Safety walking escort service, whenever possible.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Bike Thefts October 31, 2012

On October 31, 2012 at 10:51 p.m., the male shown in the photos below stole a bicycle and bicycle parts, from a bike rack in front of Dodge Hall. This male has been involved in numerous bicycle thefts on Columbia University property. Please lock your bikes securely and if you observe this male on campus, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Larceny October 16, 2012 UPDATE! - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On October 16, 2012 at about 4 p.m. a student reported that his property was removed from a locker in Dodge Gym. Shortly thereafter, the male, shown below, used the victim's CUID to purchase food in Lerner Café 212. He then returned to Dodge Gym and used the student's card to gain access. If you see this individual, contact Columbia Public Safety immediately, at 212-854-5555. If you have any information about this crime or the identity of this suspect call Det. Padin at the 26Pct. Detective Squad, telephone number 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Robbery October 17, 2012

On October 17, 2012 at approximately 11:00 PM, in the vicinity of W 172 St from Ft. Washington Ave to Broadway, a Columbia University Student was the victim of a Robbery of her cell phone. The victim was talking on her cell phone when the Suspect came from behind, pushed her, and forcibly stole her cell phone. The Suspect fled eastbound on W 172 St and then northbound on Broadway. The Public Safety Department is working with the NYPD on this crime.The following description was given by the NYPD.

Suspect - Male/Light Skin Hispanic/5'7"/bearded/wearing a black baseball cap/hooded black jacket/black jeans.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Sex Abuse  September 29, 2012

On September 29, 2012 at about 3:54 a.m., the male shown in the photos below, followed a woman into her apartment house lobby on W. 112 St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The suspect grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground. He fled west on W.112 St to Broadway. The victim supplied the following description: Male/ dark complexion/5'10".

If you have any information about this crime, contact Det. Williams at the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, telephone number 212-680-6857. When traveling alone, if you encounter someone acting in a suspicious manner, call the police immediately at 911. If you are on campus, call Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Burglary  September 18, 2012 UPDATE! - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On September 18th, 2012 an affiliate reported that an unknown suspect entered and removed property from a secured suite inside of Lewisohn Hall between 6:00pm on September 17th and 8:00am on September 18th.  A CCTV review shows the identified male, John Morales (Know PNG), inside the building.  He is also a person of interest for a larceny incident inside Lewisohn Hall on September 16th. 

If this gentleman is observed on campus, call Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555 or 4-5555 from any campus phones.  If you have any additional information concerning these crimes, please contact Detective Coniglio, 26Pct Detective Squad, 212-678-1351-52-53 or the undersigned.

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 SECURITY ALERT - Burglary  August 24, 2012

On August 24, 2012 a tenant in 560 Riverside Drive reported that over a four week period, someone had entered his apartment and removed property. The NYPD responded and conducted an investigation. It is unclear how the thief entered the apartment, there was no signs of forced entry. However, the tenant reported that the window blinds facing the hallway were rearranged.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Larceny  August 23, 2012

The male shown in the photos below is wanted for several thefts on the Morningside campus. On august 16, 2012, he stole a laptop in Schemerhorn. On August 20, 2012, he stole an I-Phone in CEPSR. On August 23, 2012 he stole an I-Phone in Fairchild. If seen on campus, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Attempted Robbery UPDATE! - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On July 02, 2012 at 11:30 PM outside 106 Haven Avenue, a student reports two unidentified suspects attempted to forcibly remove a cell phone from her hand while she was walking north. A CCTV review reveals the suspects below approach from behind and fled towards W. 171 Street. A report was filed with the 33rd Precinct Detective Squad, who is seeking to identify them.

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 SECURITY ALERT - Grand Larceny  August 1, 2012

On August 01, 2012 at 8:00 PM in the vicinity of 80 Haven Avenue, a NYSPI employee reports that a cell phone was removed from her hand as she was walking towards 100 Haven Avenue. A CCTV review shows the two unidentified males, acting in concert, remove the phone and run north on Haven Avenue and east on 171 Street. A report was filed with the 33rd Precinct Detective Squad, who is seeking to identify them.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - July 29, 2012

On July 29, 2012, a student reports while jogging on the Henry Hudson Greenway (waterfront) between W 130th Street and W 165th Street at 12:30 PM, an unknown male placed his arm around the waist of the student which caused alarm and concern. The student was able to break away and exit at W 165th Street where the male had continued to follow and was last observed. The student contacted Public Safety immediately after the incident which was reported to the NYPD 33rd precinct. It is unknown if the suspect spoke due to the student wearing ear buds.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Larceny  June 21, 2012

On June 21, 2012 at 4:27 p.m., the male shown in the photo below, entered an office on the 5th floor of the Law School. The victim in the case returned a moment later and discovered property missing from the office. The subject is observed on several video cameras walking through the hallways and looking into offices. If you have any information concerning this subject's identity, notify Columbia University Public Safety.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Homicide  June 7, 2012 

On Thursday June 7, 2012 at about 1745 hours on W. 122 St., between Claremont Avenue and Broadway, inside of a 2009 black BMW, three non- affiliate males were shot by the male shown in the photos below causing their death.

If you have any information concerning the person in the photos or this crime, please contact Detective Vincente Matias at the 26th. Pct. Detective Squad, telephone #212-678-1351-52-53.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - Intruder  May 23, 2012

On May 23, 2012 at about 1:15 a.m. the male shown In the photo attempted to gain access to 560 Riverside Drive. He was confronted by the doorperson who refused to allow him access. The same male went into 530 Riverside Drive, gained access to the building by ringing doorbells, and entered an unlocked apartment. He was confronted by the tenant, and he left the building. If you see this person call Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

Be sure to keep your aprtment doors locked at all times and do not grant access to anyone ringing doorbells unless you verify their identity.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - ARMED ROBBERY  May 16, 2012

The New York City Police Department has notified us that on May 16th, 2012 at approximately 12:05 AM, in 106 Ft Washington Ave at W 164th St, a Non-Affiliate was the victim of a Gunpoint Robbery of her bag and cell phone. The victim was followed from the Bank of America on Broadway and W 171st St after she had withdrawn a sum of money. Upon entering her building lobby, Suspect #1 displayed a handgun and removed her property. Suspect #2 acted as a lookout as the crime was committed. Both Suspects fled southbound on Ft. Washington Ave.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 SECURITY ALERT - ARMED ROBBERY  April 30, 2012

On April 30, 2012 at about 12:18 a.m. two students were robbed as they were walking through Morningside Park. The victims were accosted by a group of five-six males. One of the suspects displayed a handgun. The suspects took property from both victims, and fled in an unknown direction. One victim described the male with the gun as being in his twenties, dark skinned, and about 5’5” in height. She described the others as being in their twenties and dark skinned.

If you have any information about this crime, or the suspects, notify Det. Padin at the 26Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351. Please remember that New York City parks are not generally open to the public at night and alternate routes should be used when the parks are closed

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Cell Phone Theft  April 16, 2012

The New York City Police Department reports the theft of a cell phone from a person that occurred on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the bus stop next to 390 Fort Washington Avenue. A CCTV review captures the unidentified male shown below remove an I-Phone from the hands of a non-affiliate waiting for the bus. The male fled west on 177 Street. Anyone with additional information or knows the identity of this individual should contact Detective Adam Tegan of the 33rd Precinct Detectives at 212.927.3780 or Public Safety Investigations.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Robbery  April 14, 2012

On April 14, 2012 at about 4:10 a.m., a student reported that he was assaulted and robbed as he was walking south on Claremont Ave. near LaSalle St. The victim reported that a male accosted him, demanded his property and knocked him to the ground. The victim was able to flee and call the police. The victim provided the following description: Male/ dark skinned/ 6'/slim build/ wearing a Cincinnati baseball cap and dark clothing. The victim believes there may have been a second suspect, but has no description. If you have any information about this crime, contact Det. Rojas at the 26Pct. Detective Squad, tel. # 212-678-1351. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings when traveling at night and to limit the use of your electronic devices in public areas.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT  April 13, 2012

The New York City Police Department has reported that on April 13, 2012 at about 6:00 p.m. a female jogger was the victim of an attempted sexual assault in Riverside Park near W. 119ST. The victim reported that she was jogging in the park and was accosted by a male, who attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to fight the victim off and he fled south out of Riverside Park. The police provided the following description of the suspect: Male/ Hispanic /25-30yrs/light complexion/5'8"/stocky build/wearing a dark baseball hat, grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and a dark backpack with thin straps. If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, contact the 26Pct. detectives at 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Bicycle Theft  March 15, 2012 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On March 15, 2012 at 2:22 p.m., the suspects shown below cut the lock off a bike, secured at W. 117St. and Broadway, and fled northbound with the stolen bicycle. If you have any information about these suspects or about this crime, contact the undersigned

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Phone Snatch  March 6, 2012 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On March 6, 2012 at 4:56 p.m. the subjects shown in the photos below stole a cell phone from a student who was walking near the intersection of W. 114St and Amsterdam Ave. If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26 Pct. Detectives at 212-678-1351.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Phone Snatch  February 24, 2012 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

At 1:53 p.m., on February 24, 2012 the female shown in this photo, accosted a woman on the steps of an apartment house on W. 113 St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. the suspect grabbed the victim's phone and ran towards Amsterdam Ave. the suspect eventually entered a cab at w. 116 st. and Amsterdam ave, heading north. If you have any information about this suspect, or this incident, contact the 26 Pct. detective Unit at 212-678-1351. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings when using your phone or electronic devices on the street.

Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

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 Security Alert - Attempted Robbery  February 20, 2012

On February 19, 2012 at approximately 9:00 PM, in the vicinity of Ft Washington Ave and W 170 St a Columbia University Nursing Student was the victim of an attempted Robbery of her cell phone. The victim was talking on her cell phone when Suspect #1 grabbed her hand and phone from behind. A struggle ensued and the Suspect fled northbound on Ft. Washington Ave. Suspect #2 fled alongside Suspect #1. The Public Safety Department is working with the NYPD on this crime.

The following descriptions were given by the victim and a witness.

Suspect #1 - Male/Black or Hispanic/5'6"/teen/small build/wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect #2 - Male/Black or Hispanic/5'9"/teen/slim build/wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the Public Safety Investigations Office at 212 305-0175 or 212 305-3493. If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner or you feel threatened in any way, call the Police immediately by dialing 911.

Special attention to Ft. Washington and Haven Avenues.

Brian Brady, Sr. Investigator Department of Public Safety 212.305.3493

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 Security Alert - Burglary  February 05, 2012 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On Sunday, February 5, 2012 at about 2:10 a.m. the male shown in the photos below, removed a laptop from the room of a tenant, in an apartment building on W. 112St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The suspect climbed a rear fire escape and removed the laptop from the tenant's apartment. The suspect fled west on W.112 St. towards Broadway. If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, contact the 26 Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351. Remember to always keep your door and windows locked.

If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner, call Public Safety's emergency line at 212-854-5555.

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Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

 Security Alert - Laptop Thefts  January 23, 2012

Over the past several days, a number of laptops and other electronic equipment have been reported stolen in East Campus. The Public safety Department is working with the NYPD on these crimes.

If you have any information about these incidents, or noticed anyone acting suspiciously, contact the Public Safety Department at 212-854-4790, 212-854-6634 or 212-854-0377.

Please remember to always lock your door when leaving your room, and do not leave personal property in unattended or open areas of your suite.

If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner, call Public Safety's emergency line at 212-854-5555.

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Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

 Security Alert - Burglary  January 5, 2012 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

The male shown in the photos below is responsible for several burglaries on the Morningside campus in the last ten days. The suspect has stolen three desktop computers, two from SIPA on one from Mudd. If you observe this person on our property, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

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Ken Finnegan, Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790