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Crime Alerts

May 6, 2015 – Sexual Assault
April 10, 2015 – Vehicle B&E
December 11, 2014 – Threaten w/Weapon
May 4, 2014 – Armed Robbery/Aggravated Assault
March 28, 2014 – Sexual Assault
February 5, 2014 – Sexual Battery
January 16, 2014 – Aggravated Assault Robbery
March 29, 2013 – Armed Robbery
March 24, 2013 – Armed Robbery
February 24, 2013 – Attempted B&E
February 11, 2013 – Armed Robbery
October 14, 2012 – Robbery
September 2, 2012 – Burglary
June 15, 2012 – Burglary/Assault
April 13, 2012 – Assault
March 28, 2011 – Explosive Devices
September 29, 2010 – Suspicious Activity – Resisting Police
April 23, 2010 – Rape
April 6, 2010 – Thefts
March 15, 2010 – Burglary
November 11, 2009-Thefts

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 December 11, 2014

At about 6:25-6:30 p.m. this evening, a man in an orange SUV pointed a handgun at a Wake Forest student on campus in Parking Lot “J”. University Police believe the suspects have left campus.

A Wake Forest student was returning to his vehicle on campus in Parking Lot “J” behind Collins Hall and South Residence Hall at about 6:25-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The student noticed 4 or 5 males in an orange SUV. The orange SUV hit the student’s parked car as the driver pulled out of the parking space.

When the student approached the orange SUV, one man in the SUV pulled out a handgun. The student ran and called University Police. University Police conducted an immediate search and believe the suspects are no longer on campus.

The suspects in the orange SUV are described by the student as “college-aged” males. Two or three of them may have been white males and two or three of them may have been black males.

If you have any information about this incident, please call University Police at 336-758-5591.

December 11, 2014

Crime Alert for May 4, 2014

The University and Winston-Salem Police Departments are investigating the armed robbery of a Wake Forest student that occurred outside a University-owned house on Polo Road at 3:30 a.m. today, May 4. The student was taken this morning to a local hospital for treatment of a facial injury sustained when the robber struck him in the face with his fist.

After parking behind the house located across from Spry Soccer Stadium, the student was approached by a man on foot. When the student rolled down the window of his car, the man spoke to him, struck him with his fist and then pointed a pistol at him. The robber took the student’s wallet and then got back into a car driven by someone else and drove away.

The student immediately called the University Police Department.

The student described the car as a blue SUV. He described the robber as a black man approximately 20-years-old with short hair and wearing a baseball cap, jeans and long-sleeve shirt.

He said the car followed him from a Cook-Out restaurant he visited on Akron Drive. When he arrived at the Polo Road house, the car briefly stopped nearby, then moved close to his car. A man then got out of the car and approached the student, who had remained in his own vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

May 4, 2014

Crime Alert for March 28, 2014

A Wake Forest student informed University police that an unknown man sexually assaulted her on campus in February. The University Police Department is investigating the incident.

On March 28, she told University police that she was walking alone on campus when a man grabbed her, pulled her into a patch of trees and assaulted her. She said the incident occurred on the night of February 14 around midnight. Based on her description, police suspect the incident occurred in a small, tree-covered area between Spry Stadium and Farrell Hall, near Wingate Road.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked by University police to call the department at 336-758-5911 or use the department’s Silent Witness process.

March 28, 2014

Crime Alert for February 5, 2014

Three female students reported that a man placed his hands on them as he walked pass. The incidents occurred on sidewalks in central and south campus. The offender was described by the victims as a white male, 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 5’ 8” and weighting about 180 pounds, with shoulder length wavy hair, and wearing a black sweatshirt.

University Police canvased the campus and located the offender.

The quick reporting of the incidents to University Police made it possible to locate him. He was positively identified by one of the victims. The victims did not wish to press charges at that time and University Police trespassed the individual. His photograph is below.

This person has been arrested in South Carolina, and it is unknown when he will be released. Wake Forest University Police have obtained warrants for his arrest. If anyone sees this individual back on campus they should call the University Police immediately.

February 5, 2014

Crime Alert for January 16, 2014

An unidentified man repeatedly struck a female undergraduate student at approximately 2 a.m. today outside the Delta Kappa Epsilon house at 1101 Polo Road, immediately across from the Wake Forest entrance.

The student was treated and released this morning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating the assault with the assistance of the University Police Department.

After walking outside the house alone, she was grabbed and struck in the face repeatedly by an unidentified man wearing a hooded shirt or sweatshirt. The man fled when another female student walked outside the house and saw the attack. A description of the assailant is not available at present.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800 or University Police at (336) 758-5911. Information can also be provided using Silent Witness:

January 16, 2014

Crime Alert for March 29, 2013

The University Police Department is investigating reports of three robberies that occurred on campus in the last six weeks. One undergraduate student reported to University Police that he was robbed at gunpoint on March 29 and also robbed approximately one month earlier. In another case, University Police learned that an anonymous undergraduate student reported to a University staff member that he was robbed in a campus parking lot on March 24. That student, who did not provide an exact location for the incident, has chosen not to speak with police.

University Police investigators are working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department. They are also seeking information from anyone who may be able to assist in the investigation.

Meanwhile, University Police will begin immediately operating the University gatehouses on University Parkway and Reynolda Road from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Polo Road entrance will be closed during those hours. Police have also increased security in the southern area of campus and are evaluating additional measures.

In the case involving two robberies of one student, the late February incident occurred when two unidentified men in a car approached the student as he walked at approximately 6 p.m. on Faculty Drive heading from the Welcome Center to Babcock Residence Hall. The student said one man pulled him into the car. The men, who were armed with a pistol, demanded money. The student said he gave them money and they let him out of the car. He did not specify how much money he handed over to the robbers. He also did not provide an exact date for the incident.

That student said that he was robbed again on March 29, at approximately 6 a.m. at his Babcock Residence Hall room. Initially, a man came to his door and demanded marijuana. Minutes later, another man came to his door, armed with a pistol, and demanded all of his marijuana. The student said he gave marijuana to both men.

In the Faculty Drive incident, the student described one robber as a black male, standing about 6 feet five inches tall and weighing more than 300 pounds. He described the other robber, who had been driving the car, as a black male with long dreadlocks.

He said the men were driving a late-model, dark-colored Ford SUV.

In the robbery at Babcock Residence Hall, the student described one robber as six feet five inches tall and weighing more than 300 pounds. He described the other robber as being of average build.

The student reported the robberies after first telling a University staff member who is not a police officer. That staff member accompanied him immediately to report the crimes to University Police.

It is not yet clear if the two robberies are related.

The other robbery investigation involves an anonymous student who has chosen not to speak with University Police, but instead reported the robbery to a University staff member who he permitted to tell police a few details. Police were told by the staff member on March 25 that the robbery occurred on March 24. The student said that the men, who did not display a firearm, demanded marijuana from him. Police do not know if the student gave the men marijuana. The student told the staff member that the men were driving a red pickup truck with “jacked up” wheels.

Further investigation is underway to determine if the same suspects are involved in all the robberies.

The University Police Department encourages anyone with information about any of the incidents to call them at 336-758-5911 or contact them through the anonymous “Silent Witness” program at

The University Police Department recommends that:

–Faculty, staff and students immediately report suspicious persons to them at 336-758-5911
–Students not allow anyone into a residence hall unless that person uses their own ID card
–Students always lock their residence hall room doors
–Faculty, staff and students record and report license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles by calling 336-758-5911

March 29, 2013

Crime Alert for March 24, 2013

University Police have received information from a university official that a male student reported to them that a robbery was committed with a firearm on campus on 3/24/2013. The robbery reportedly occurred in a parking lot somewhere on campus. The robbery was committed by someone, possibly African American males, in a red truck with “jacked up wheels”. University Police are unable to obtain the name of the victim to verify the details of this report. University Police urge victims to immediately call the police when a crime of violence occurs to protect the university community.

March 24, 2013

Crime Alert for February 24, 2013

At 3:52 am University Police responded to a call at Martin Hall of breaking glass. At the same time a University Police Security Officer, who was patrolling North Campus, heard glass breaking and went to investigate. The Security Officer observed two male subjects running from the area. The subjects ran into the fog and disappeared.
Responding campus police officers began a search and located the individuals seen running from Martin Hall. One subject is a WFU student and the other is not a Wake student.
After interviewing the suspects and conducting a search, officers presented the Magistrate with the facts of this crime and the Magistrate issued a Summons for each individual charging them with Attempted Breaking and Entering.
The Summons has been served.

February 24, 2013

Crime Alert for February 11, 2013

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating a Feb. 10 home invasion in which two unidentified armed men robbed a Wake Forest University student and another person in the 100 block of Rosedale Circle. Neither victim was injured.

The University Police Department is assisting in the investigation of the robbery, which occurred at 10:45 p.m. at a privately owned rental residence adjacent to the northwestern section of campus. The robbers forced their way into the house when someone answered a knock at the door and opened it.Once inside, the intruders took cash and other items, including small electronics.

The men were described as wearing ski masks, dark clothing and gloves. Both held handguns. One was described as approximately six feet tall, the other slightly shorter.

The University Police Department recently increased patrols of the northwestern area of campus by officers in police vehicles and increased foot patrol by security officers in the area.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation may call University Police at 336-758-5911 or report information through the University’s Silent Witness website. Information may be provided to the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-733-7716 or Winston-Salem Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

February 11, 2013

Crime Alert for October 14, 2012

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating the robbery of a Wake Forest student that occurred early today (Sunday) just off campus, near the Polo Road entrance to the University. The student was not injured in the robbery, but he was assaulted. No weapon was used in the robbery, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m. today.

Today, Winston-Salem police arrested and charged two Winston-Salem men with robbery in the incident. The University Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The student told police that he was approached by two men while he was in the area between Luter Residence Hall and Z. Smith Reynolds Library. They asked for directions to Polo Road. The student, whose off-campus residence is in that direction, walked with the two men to Polo Road. They robbed him after he crossed Polo Road and walked along Long Drive toward his nearby residence. One man grabbed the student while the other man took cash and a cell phone from him. The men ran away.

The student called Winston-Salem police immediately afterward from his residence.

University Police recommends that you do not walk or jog alone at night. If approached by strangers move to a well-lighted area or into an occupied building. Whenever you observe criminal activity or what appears to be criminal activity, IMMEDIATELY call the University Police at 758-5591.

October 14, 2012

Crime Alert for September 2, 2012

The University Police Department is investigating two burglaries that occurred at Student Apartments this past weekend. In both cases,someone entered the unlocked apartments while the residents were in their bedrooms asleep. The students were not harmed, but property was stolen in each instance. Both burglaries occurred in the early morning hours on Sept. 2, before dawn.

One incident occurred in Building A, where two people–a student and a visiting relative–were sleeping. After hearing a noise around 3:30a.m., one occupant walked out of the bedroom to find the apartment’s front door open. The occupant saw three men walking away from the apartment. One of the men tried unsuccessfully to open a nearby apartment’s front door. They were headed toward Building B. The occupant described the men as black, slender and approximately five feet nine inches to six feet tall. One of the occupants reported that a purse with a credit card and $20 in cash were taken. The purse, without the credit card and cash, was found outside the building on Sept. 2.

The second incident took place in the adjacent Building B. It appears that someone entered the apartment while two occupants were asleep in their bedrooms. A laptop was taken. It was found that same day on a nearby sidewalk along Polo road.

The University Police Department encourages students to lock their doors when they are home and away from home to help prevent theft or injury. Many thefts on campus occur in unlocked rooms. The department also asks students to call for assistance immediately by dialing 336-758-5911 if they observe criminal or suspicious activity.

Police also ask that students contact them if they have information that may assist in the investigation into the burglaries. They may call 336-758-5911 or visit the Silent Witness web site at

September 2, 2012

Crime Alert for June 15, 2012

Wake Forest University and local police are investigating a burglary and assault that occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. June 15 at a Polo Road house occupied by a male graduate student.

The student was sleeping in his bedroom in the University-owned house when two unidentified men broke through the front door and his bedroom door. One of the intruders struck the student and then took several items, including his cell phone, wallet and computer.

The student was not seriously injured. No one else was at the house at the time.

The student walked to a nearby gatehouse at the University Parkway entrance to campus and reported the incident to a University Police security officer.

University Police Recommend:
Always call police immediately after an event occurs. This increases the possibility that the offender will be caught and provides police assistance to the victim. If you reside in a university house, program the WFU police number (336-758-5591) into your cell phone. If you are in a situation where you have an emergency and cannot remember the number, dial 911. Tell the operator you are in a university house and what your emergency is. The 911 operator will transfer or notify WFU police of the call.

The University Police Department is investigating the incident, with assistance from the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation may call University Police at 336.758.5591 or visit the Silent Witness web site.

June 15, 2012

Crime Alert for April 13, 2012

At 3:15 am today (4-13-12) a female student approached the gate entrance to Kentner Stadium.  She noticed two males standing at the gate who walked away in separate directions at her approach.  As she started to walk on the track a male wearing all black clothing with white tennis shoes pushed her to the ground.  She struck the male and ran from the track. The victim was unable to provide a detailed description of the assailant or the men she observed at the gate.

Anyone who may have been in the area of the stadium at 3:15 am and observed anyone or anything unusual are asked to call the University Police at 758-5591.   Anytime you observe any suspicious activity or person on campus you should IMMEDIATELY call the University Police.

University Police Recommend:
Anytime you run on or off campus after dark, you should have a running partner. Don’t forget that there are Blue Call Boxes on campus. Pushing the button on the call box will put you in immediate contact with University Police.

April 13, 2012

Crime Alert for March 28, 2011

Explosive Devices

Twice this week homemade devices that can cause an explosion were found in or near Taylor Residence Hall. These devices consist of plastic soft drink bottles that contain chemicals that generate pressure causing the bottles to explode. If you see a discarded drink bottle with the top or other seal on it, do not touch the bottle.

These devices can cause injury. Possession of these devices is a felony. Anyone placing these explosives will be arrested.

University Police Recommend:
Any time you observe a suspicious package or item do not touch it. Call the University Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call university police at 336-758-5911 from a cell phone or 911 from a Wake Forest campus land line. You may also make a confidential report online.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Crime Alert for September 29, 2010

Suspicious Activity – Resisting Police

The University Police Department is investigating a suspicious person who was seen around Student Apartments B, Polo Hall, and Martin Hall. The person was observed on September 28, 2010 at 8 pm. Officers found this person next to Martin Hall and he ran off-campus across Polo Road. University and Winston-Salem Police Department officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods using tracking dogs were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as Hispanic male, approximately 5 ft. 8 in., 180 lbs, wearing a black or dark gray ball cap, blue jean shorts, dark pullover, and tennis shoes. He was observed looking into windows. Officers did not find evidence that evening of an attempt to enter any of the windows, but his motives are unknown. The room he was first seen looking into was not occupied at the time and had numerous personal items that could be seen through the window.

NOTE: All residence hall occupants should report all suspicious activity immediately, as occurred in this case allowing the police to respond while the person was still in the area and before he took further action. Never allow strangers to walk into your residence hall behind you, make sure they use their ID card for access. Do not prop residence hall doors, this has contributed to serious crimes at other universities. Lock all ground level windows, do not leave windows open when sleeping.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crime Alert for April 23, 2010


The Wake Forest University Police Department is encouraging caution among Wake Forest students following a report by a student that she was raped off-campus recently by an unidentified man at a club near the Reynolda Campus.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating the incident reported to have occurred at a private party held at the business at approximately 2:30 a.m. April 18. The University Police Department is assisting Winston-Salem investigators.

The student reported that she did not know the suspect, whose identity has not been determined by Investigators. The police are asking for assistance in identifying the individual, who apparently was a stranger at the private party. The suspect was described as black, 19- to 25-years-old and 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had long dreadlocks and wore a hat, jeans and a T-shirt.

The University Police Department recommends that students be aware of their surroundings and be alert to suspicious persons and activities, including when attending social events on or off campus. Police encourage students to trust their instincts and report promptly incidents and individuals who are suspicious. At parties, police suggest that students practice safe drinking (if one drinks) and look after themselves and friends.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-733-7716 or Winston-Salem Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. Anonymous information may be submitted on the Wake Forest Police website Silent Witness and will be passed on to Winston-Salem police.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Crime Alert for April 6, 2010


There has been a series of thefts on campus that have occurred in the Fresh Food Company Dining Facility located in Reynolda Hall and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Every item taken was left unattended by the owner, often for a short time. Cell phones and computers are the items most often taken.

University Police recommend:

  • Do not try to save a seat in any dinning facility by leaving personal property on the table or a seat.
  • When leaving a study area take your personal belongs.
  • Lock your computer to a table using a cable lock, even if you have no plans to leave the table.
  • If you observe someone taking items that have been left by someone else, do not approach the individual. Call University Police at 758-5591 from your cell phone or 911 from a University phone.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Crime Alert for March 15, 2010


The University Police Department is investigating a burglary of a student-occupied, university-owned house at 109 Rosedale Drive that was reported to have occurred at approximately 11 p.m. March 15.

A female student told police that she awoke to find a man in her bedroom who was going through her belongings. The student reported that she grabbed the man and shouted for help from others in the house, but the man immediately fled her room and ran out of the house before anyone else in the house responded. The student, who was not injured, called University Police.

Police suspect the man may have entered the student’s room through an open window.

University and Winston-Salem Police Department officers responded to the report, but they did not locate the man.

University Police Recommend:
* Always lock your room door when away, including for short periods.
* Lock doors and windows before going to sleep at night.
* Immediately report suspicious persons or activities. Dial 911 from a campus phone or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone. Do not confront suspicious person.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crime Alert for November 11, 2009


As a result of a continuing increase in thefts from campus buildings and automobiles, the University Police Department is encouraging faculty, staff and students to take precautionary steps to reduce the potential for more thefts. Thieves are targeting electronic equipment, as well as cash and a variety of personal belongings.

The thefts have occurred day and night across campus. Property in cars has been targeted, too. In many cases, doors to offices and student rooms were unlocked when thefts occurred.Car doors were unlocked sometimes, too. Locked offices in academic and administrative have been entered by force, in some instances.

Particularly on weekends at night, thieves have broken into offices in academic and administrative buildings and taken electronics such as laptop computers and LCD projectors. University Police officers have almost apprehended suspects on two occasions, but a clear description of them could not be obtained. Wake Forest and Winston-Salem police continue to investigate these crimes. The University Police Department appreciates the cooperation of students, faculty and staff in helping to solve these crimes.

University Police officials also remind the campus community that the occurrence of thefts often rises during the holiday season, which makes it especially advisable to take steps at present to deter theft.

University Police recommend the following steps:

  • Always lock office doors when away, including for short periods.
  • Lock doors and windows at the end of the work day.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons or activities. Dial 911 from a campus phone or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone. Do not confront suspicious persons.
  • Do not assume that someone else may have reported a door or window that does not lock properly. Report the problem to Facilities and Campus Services.
  • Secure laptop computers, electronic devices and other valuables in locked drawers or other spaces.
  • Do not leave strangers alone in your work area.
  • Report loss of keys promptly to police.
  • Always store office keys in a locked area; do not leave them in an open, easily seen area.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009