Community Crime Bulletin - Robbery and False Imprisonment

March 7, 2015

To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police
Re: Community Crime Bulletin — Robbery and False Imprisonment

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for assistance from witnesses and the community in identifying the suspect or suspects who may have been involved in a robbery and false imprisonment of a student at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 

The student reported being blocked by several protestors while attempting to drive a motorcycle onto campus at the West Entrance on Empire Grade Road. Several protestors held the student and one suspect stole a camera affixed to the victim's helmet and left the area.  Witnesses told the victim the suspect who stole the camera was a man wearing a backpack.

The investigation is on-going. Updates regarding this incident, when and if available, will be provided.

Timely Warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety. All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to the UCSC Police Department. Anyone who may be a witness to this crime or has any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext.1.

Safety Tips
  • No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.
  • If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911. 
  • Victims of crime and witnesses should report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, when it is safe to do so by calling 911.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers. 
  • Whenever possible, please remember to lock you vehicle. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. 
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area. 
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas. 
  • Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling 831-459-2231 ext. 1. More information can be found online.

Campus Resources

UC Santa Cruz is a community committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all people. We strive to provide a safe place for everyone to work and learn. 

For students, a range of support services is also available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone.  Reports may also be made by utilizing one of the several "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout the campus.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).