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October 22, 2016 – Armed Robbery/Kipnapping
October 15, 2016 – Assault
September 9, 2016 – Armed Robbery
August 29, 2016 – Indecent Exposure
July 3, 2016 – Robbery
June 11, 2016 – Shooting
November 11, 2015 – Robbery
September 12, 2015 – Sexual Assault
August 30, 2015 – Sexual Assault
July 15, 2015 – Indecent Exposure
May 6, 2015 – Sexual Assault
April 30, 2015 – Assault
April 10, 2015 – Vehicle B&E

Crime Alert for October 22, 2016

The Wake Forest University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department are investigating the brief abduction and the robbery of a male Wake Forest law student and a female friend that occurred at 8:20 p.m. tonight, Oct. 22, at a Polo Road residence owned by the University. The man and woman were not injured, were promptly freed by the robber and reported the incident to police at 8:51 p.m.

The victims told police that they had arrived at the Polo Road residence, located close to campus, when a man armed with a pistol got into the car and demanded he be taken to an ATM machine. They drove the man to a Coliseum Drive ATM machine where both victims obtained money and gave it to the man.

He then had them take him to the intersection of 25th and Thurmond streets, where he got out of the car.

The victims then contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 336-758-5911 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

The University and Winston-Salem police are patrolling the area closely and looking for the suspect.

Wake Forest has an onCall late-night van service available for students, faculty and staff who prefer catching a ride with the van instead of walking on and near campus.

Wake Forest’s Parking and Transportation, which runs the University’s shuttle service, offers the onCall service nightly from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. It is intended entirely for students, faculty and staff. There is no charge to ride.

To get a ride, call 336-283-1091.

Service areas include the Reynolda Campus, the University Corporate Center freshman parking lot, sophomore parking area (Lot Z2), Deacon Station and surrounding campus neighborhoods located on or near Polo Road, Brookwood Drive, Howell Street, University Parkway and Long Drive.

For more information about the onCall service and other transportation options, visit parking.wfu.edu/ride-the-wake/

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

October 22, 2016

Crime Alert for October 15, 2016

Two male students, in separate incidents, reported early Saturday morning (Oct. 15) being punched in the face or head by unidentified men near the Polo Road entrance to campus.

No serious injuries were reported. Both incidents were off campus. The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating, with assistance from the University Police Department.

In the first incident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday at the Polo Road/Long Drive intersection, an unidentified man punched a male student in the face. The student, accompanied by another male student, had been preparing to cross Polo Road and walk onto campus when three unidentified men walked up to them on Polo Road. One of the three unidentified men used his fist to strike the student in the face. Afterward, the students walked onto campus and later told University Police.

In the second incident, which occurred around 12:45 a.m., a male student accompanied by a female friend (non-Wake Forest student) was punched in the back of the head by one of three unidentified men they came across on Long Drive, near University Drive. The student and his friend walked onto campus and told University Police.

The two incidents occurred about one block apart.

The student in the first incident was checked by a student emergency technician. The second student who was struck declined any medical attention.

The Winston-Salem and University police departments increased their patrols of the area after the reported assaults, while looking for the suspects. At the time of this campus message, no suspects had been located and identified.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

UPDATE
This is an update to a crime alert distributed by email to students, faculty and staff early today, Oct. 15, regarding two students being punched in the head or face by unidentified men in separate incidents near the Polo Road entrance to campus.

Police are now investigating a third incident in which a Wake Forest male student was punched by unidentified men in the same area near campus at approximately the same time.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the three incidents early today. All incidents were a short distance off campus. The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating, with assistance from the University Police Department.

Police officers are increasing patrols in the Long Drive/University Parkway/Polo Road area, in addition to other nearby campus areas.

The investigation expanded today when a Wake Forest student contacted University Police after reading the crime alert distributed earlier today. He told police that he and a Wake Forest female student were walking on Long Drive at approximately 12:50 a.m. today, toward the Polo Road entrance to campus, when they came across three unidentified men. One of the unidentified men struck the male student in the face and the men continued walking away.

The struck student and his companion returned to campus, but did not report the incident until late this morning. The student did not request any medical assistance.

Early this morning, a crime alert announced that in two separate incidents, male students had been struck in the face or head by an unidentified group of three men.

The first incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by another male student, was punched in the face at the intersection of Polo Road and Long Drive, directly across from the Polo Road campus entrance. He was checked by student emergency technicians.

The second incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by a female friend (non-Wake Forest student), was punched in the head. The student did not request medical attention.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

October 15, 2016

Crime Alert for September 9, 2016

At 10:17 a.m. this morning, September 9, 2016, two black males wearing all black clothing with bandanas covering their faces forced their way into a house on Long Drive occupied by four male Wake Forest students. The suspects pointed handguns at the students and one shot was fired inside the house. No one was injured in the shooting.

The suspects demanded cash and valuables.

The house is across University Parkway from campus. Winston-Salem Police are investigating with the assistance of University Police.

9/9/16 UPDATE
The Winston-Salem Police Department is continuing to investigate the armed robbery of four male Wake Forest students at their off-campus residence on Long Drive, across University Parkway from campus. The robbery occurred around 10 a.m. today at a house leased by the students. The University Police Department is assisting with the investigation and increasing patrols of the campus.

Meanwhile, the University is taking several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students.

Last week, Residence Life and Housing met with students living off campus to emphasize the risk associated with living off campus and ways to stay safe. In light of today’s events, a message reiterating those safety tips is being sent to students living off campus. In that message, students are encouraged to download the University’s LiveSafe app. LiveSafe is a personal mobile application for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. With LiveSafe, an individual can use their mobile device for direct access to police, 911 emergency services, and more. It also features a SafeWalk tool.

In today’s incident two black men wearing all-black clothing with bandanas covering their faces forced their way into the house. The suspects pointed handguns at the students and one shot was fired in the house. No one was injured in the shooting. One suspect hit one of the students in the head with a baton, but the student did not request medical attention.
The suspects demanded cash and valuables and took items from the students.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.
9/10/16 UPDATE
The Winston-Salem Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the Sept. 9 armed robbery of Wake Forest male students at a Long Drive house, near Wake Forest. The man was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was identified as Logan Scott Meredith Koch of Tobaccoville.

According to Winston-Salem police, authorities continue their efforts to identify and apprehend the second suspect sought in the robbery. That suspect is described by Winston-Salem police as a black male, approximately 5’ 7” in height, weighing approximately 160 pounds. The suspect is further described as having extensive tattooing on his arms, short hair and a dark complexion. Several firearms were seized as a result of the investigation.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students were robbed at the off-campus Long Drive residence. The students told police that two armed men forced their way into their house and robbed them.

The University has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

September 9, 2016

Crime Alert for August 29, 2016

The Wake Forest University Police Department is investigating two incidents today in which an unidentified man exposed himself shortly after 9:30 a.m. to students walking along the paved walking trail that leads from campus to Reynolda Village. On campus, the trail to the Village begins next to Parking Lot S2, across Faculty Drive from Winston Hall.

The man fled on foot immediately after the incidents, which occurred approximately a minute apart. With the assistance of a University security camera on the trail, University Police investigators have reviewed recorded video of the incidents and have obtained a detailed description of the man.

He is described as a slender white man in his 20s with shoulder-length brown hair, a mustache and a close-cut beard. Much of his left arm is tattooed. At the time of the incidents, he was wearing gray shorts and a red sweatshirt. After the incidents, he ran away toward Reynolda Village. He took off the sweatshirt and placed it in a black backpack. While running away, he had a dark t-shirt on, in addition to his shorts.

According to police, the first incident occurred at 9:34 a.m. when a female graduate student was walking on the trail toward campus. Near a small bridge on the trail, a man came out of a wooded area and exposed himself. The woman continued walking toward campus.

About a minute later, another female graduate student walking toward campus came across the man at the same location, where he exposed himself to her. She screamed and ran, catching up to the other woman. In a few minutes, they came across a University Police officer and reported the incident.

August 29, 2016

Crime Alert for July 3, 2016

Early Sunday morning, July 3, a Wake Forest University student was robbed in an off-campus apartment at Deacon’s Station, an apartment complex off Polo Road. The student was not injured.

An investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department is ongoing, with assistance from the Wake Forest University Police Department

Shortly before 5 a.m., the student contacted the Wake Forest University Police Department to report that she had just been robbed by a man who entered her unlocked apartment, kicked in the locked door of the bathroom where she was located and took a small amount of cash and her cell phone. She described the robber as a black male with a slender build, wearing a green hoodie. She reported he appeared to have a firearm. A second male intruder entered the apartment with the robber.

University Police and Winston-Salem Police immediately responded to the call.

7/3/16 UPDATE
As the Winston-Salem Police Department investigates the July 3 off-campus robbery of a Wake Forest University student, the University Police Department encourages students, faculty and staff to review safety information on the University’s web site.
The July 3 robbery occurred shortly before 5 a.m. at the Deacon’s Station apartment complex off Polo Road. Two men entered an unlocked apartment and stole a small amount of cash and a cell phone directly from a female student who lives there and quickly fled. The student was not injured.
The Winston-Salem Police Department informed University officers that thefts also occurred from unlocked cars at the apartment complex around the same time. The Winston-Salem police are investigating the robbery and other thefts.

July 3, 2016

Crime Alert for June 11, 2016

Early this morning, June 11, a former Wake Forest student was shot off-campus near the corner of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive, east of University Parkway. The Winston-Salem Police Department responded and is leading the investigation.

The student is currently being cared for at a local hospital.

No additional details are known at this time. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

6/11/16 UPDATE
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 11, a motorist called Winston-Salem Police with reports of a person lying in the road at the intersection of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive. Winston-Salem Police responded quickly and brought in Wake Forest University Police to assist.

Police found a Wake Forest student with a gunshot wound in the chest. The earlier crime alert email mistakenly identified the victim as a former Wake Forest student.

The student is in stable condition.

Police currently believe the student was shot during a robbery, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Both agencies are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

6/12/16 UPDATE
Early Saturday morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

6/13/16 UPDATE
The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued additional descriptions of the vehicle and suspects involved in the Saturday morning robbery and shooting of a Wake Forest University student:

The suspect vehicle has been described as a black colored, full size, sport utility vehicle equipped with chrome trim. The vehicle is believed to be a 2009 or newer model.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium complexion, 17 to 19 years of age, approximately five feet six inches in height. Suspect #1 has small braids or twists in his hair, which are approximately one-inch in length. At the time this incident occurred, Suspect #1 was wearing a flat bill cap and armed with a firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, with a thin build and very short hair. Suspect #2 was described as wearing a chin strap style beard.

Suspect #3 was described only as a black male and was reportedly the driver of the sport utility vehicle.

The area in which this crime occurred is a residential community. Authorities are optimistic that other residents may have observed the suspect vehicle in the area near the time this incident occurred or that someone will recognize the suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions.

June 11, 2016

Crime Alert for November 11, 2015

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating tonight (November 11) reports by two Wake Forest graduate students of a robbery and an attempted robbery near the University. Neither student was injured in the separate incidents.

A female graduate student reported to University Police that that two dark-skinned men demanded her cell phone at approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight on Howell Street, directly across from Wake Forest’s University Parkway entrance. She told the men the phone was broken and they did not take it. She described one man as holding a stick.

Immediately afterward, two dark-skinned men, carrying firearms, approached a male graduate student on Howell Street and demanded his wallet and cell phone. After taking his wallet and phone, the men drove away in a dark-colored, four-door car. The student said it appeared two other people were in the car. They drove in a direction away from the campus. The male student called the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Wake Forest police have checked the Wake Forest campus and have not seen any evidence of the suspected robbers coming onto campus.

If anyone has information that may assist in the investigation, they are encouraged to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911 or 336-773-7700. They may also call the University Police Department at 336-758-5911.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department, with assistance by the University Police Department.

November 11, 2015

Crime Alert for September 12, 2015

A student reported to the Wake Forest University Police Department on Sept. 12 about having experienced unwanted sexual touching off campus on Sept. 11 by a student who is known to the reporting student.

The University Police Department immediately contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department since the incident was reported to have occurred in the Winston-Salem Police Department’s jurisdiction. The student made the report to the University Police Department at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 12. The incident was reported to have occurred around 1 a.m. Sept. 11.

Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

September 12, 2015

Crime Alert for August 30, 2015

The Wake Forest University Police Department received information from the Winston-Salem Police Department on Aug. 29 that a student was sexually assaulted off campus by a student who is known to the assaulted student.

Any investigation of this matter will be handled by the Winston-Salem Police Department since it occurred in the Winston-Salem Police Department’s jurisdiction.

The incident was reported to have occurred shortly after midnight Aug. 29.

Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

August 30, 2015

Crime Alert for July 15, 2015

A woman reported to University Police today that she saw a man exposing himself as she walked on the paved path that leads from campus through a wooded area to Reynolda Village. The paved path, known generally as the Reynolda Walking Trail, extends from Parking Lot S to the Village and other Reynolda areas.

The woman reported seeing an unidentified man at about 11:20 a.m. today with his t-shirt pulled up over his face while his pants were pulled down, exposing himself. The man did not make any move toward the woman. He was standing off the paved path, but nearby in a wooded area, clearly visible.

After seeing the man, she soon came across a Wake Forest student who called police for her on his cell phone to report the incident.

Police searched the area immediately, but did not locate the man.

July 15, 2015

Crime Alert for May 6, 2015

The University Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that took place between 6 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 6. The incident occurred at Kitchin Residence Hall near lot N.

Wake Forest University is providing resources to assist the individual involved in this incident and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus.

The student described the assailant as a male with dark skin between 30 and 40 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, of average build, wearing dark jeans, dark blue or black zip-up hoodie, blue and gray running type shoes with dirty white laces, a dark blue or black knit hat.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 336-758-5911 or 758-5591. Or, they may use University Police’s online Silent Witness system to report information anonymously.

University Police have increased security patrols in that area.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

May 6, 2015


Crime Alert for April 10, 2015

The University Police Department is investigating an extraordinary number of car break-ins on campus this month.

Since April 3, 16 car break-ins have been reported at locations across campus. Locations include lots H, J, Q and R2, as well as long Jasper Memory Lane and Allen Easley Drive. Lots H and J and Jasper Memory Lane are located at the southern end of campus, while lots Q and R2 and Allen Easley Drive are a the opposite end of campus.

Thieves have rummaged through the vehicles, opening compartments and apparently looking for such items as cash and coins, purses and other items.

Some vehicles had been left unlocked by drivers, others were locked. Police recommend that car always be locked.

The University Police Department recommends calling 336-758-5911 if suspicious activity around vehicles is observed. Officers are regularly patrolling lots and roads day and night, but ask for the campus community’s assistance if suspicious behavior is seen in such areas.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is encouraged to call 336-758-5911. Also available is the Silent Witness web site. The web site is not recommended for reporting emergencies or crimes in progress.

April 10, 2015

Crime Alert for April 30, 2015

At approximately 2:15 a.m. today (April 30), a group of men punched and kicked a Wake Forest student and stole his phone from him near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall.

The student was taken to the Student Health Service after reporting the incident to University Police at 3:15 a.m. He appeared slightly injured.

The University Police and Winston-Salem Police Departments checked closely the campus and nearby areas, but found no one suspected of being involved.

The student told University Police that he was walking alone when a group of men approached him and then punched and kicked him many times at several places on his body, including his head. They grabbed his phone and left on foot.

He reported that he was attacked while walking near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall along the driveway that leads into Lot Q. He was walking from the Polo Road area at the time.

4/30/15
The University Police Department is investigating a second report of a student being punched today (April 30) by an unidentified assailant.

The student was punched once in the face and knocked to the ground by a man accompanied by a group of men and women at approximately 3 to 3:15 a.m. today. He called University Police at 4:47 a.m. to report the incident.

The student declined medical treatment. Injury appeared minor.

The student told University Police that he was walking onto campus from the Polo Road entrance when he encountered a group of people walking onto campus, too. While walking on the sidewalk along Wingate Road, just south of Pascal Drive, one of the men in the group hit him. The group continued onto campus. Nothing was taken from the student.

Earlier today, another student was assaulted in approximately the same general area. An alert regarding that incident was distributed by e-mail today at 5:30 a.m. In that incident, the student said he was walking onto campus from the Polo Road gate area around 2:15 a.m. when he was struck by several men and robbed of his phone.

4/30/15 UPDATE
Following assault reports by two students early today, the University Police Department is beginning immediately to increase patrols of the campus and the immediate area around campus. In addition, the Winston-Salem Police Department is intensifying patrolling of the neighborhood around campus.

Meanwhile, shuttle service hours are being expanded tonight to provide additional opportunities for students to ride the shuttle instead of walking. The Gray Line evening schedule is expanded so that the last loop on and around campus will end at 4:55 a.m. daily. The expanded shuttle schedule is effective through Sunday, May 3, but may be expanded beyond that date.

The University Police Department is investigating the two assaults that occurred in the early morning hours in the same general area of campus today.

One student reported at 3:19 a.m. that he was knocked to the ground, punched and kicked by an unidentified group of men he encountered about an hour earlier near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall on the driveway leading to Lot Q. They took his phone and warned him not to alert police before walking away from the area.

A person of interest in the assault and robbery is described as a man with dark skin wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He is also described as having shoulder-length braids and gold caps on his teeth.

The second student reported at 4:47 a.m. that he was knocked to the ground when punched by an unidentified man who was with a group of men and women at about 3 a.m. The student came across the group as he walked along a sidewalk on Wingate Road just south of Pascal Drive.

A person of interest in the second assault is described as a man with very dark skin wearing a black sweatshirt and black shorts. He was described as six feet tall, 170 pounds, with short, slightly shaven hair.

Both students had just walked onto campus minutes earlier from the Polo Road gate area.

The first student was taken to Student Health Service for treatment, while the other declined treatment. Injuries were minor in each incident.

April 30, 2015

Crime Alert for April 2, 2015

A sexual assault that took place on campus during the early morning hours on March 21, 2015 was reported yesterday to the Wake Forest University Title IX Office. The student awoke later in the morning and found indications that they had been sexually assaulted. The incident took place inside a residential hall on-campus and a Title IX investigation is ongoing. Wake Forest University is providing resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.
If you have any information that might assist Wake Forest University and the Title IX Office in their investigation of this incident, please contact us at (336) 758-7258 or titleixcoordinator@nullwfu.edu.