Crime Line: 10/19 – 10/24

10/19/16 Notification: FSU English Professor advised of a possible child abuse incident. Complainant advised she would provide more information upon speaking with the student who made the allegation.

10/20/16 Liquor Law Violation: Officers responded to Sowers Hall for an intoxicated student. As a result one student was transported by ambulance to WMRMC.  A Judicial board referral was submitted.

10/20/16 Damage to Property: An FSU Faculty member reported that fleet vehicle #24 had sustained a broken taillight. The FSU Garage was notified to repair the damage.

10/20/16 Destruction of Property:  An FSU student reported a tire on his vehicle was slashed while parked in the State Street Parking Lot. Investigation is related to another incident that occurred on S. Broadway. The investigation is being conducted by Frostburg City Police.

10/20/2016 Theft: An FSU student reported she was dining in the Lane Center and accidently left her headphones behind. Review of video surveillance footage revealed that a male subject with braids, wearing a black “bankrupt” shirt, glasses, and a silver watch, fraudulently claimed the headphones.  The Lane Center Information Desk attendant was unable to identify the male subject.

10/20/16 Hit & Run: A Chartwell’s employee reported damage to his black Chevrolet Cruze while parked in the Gravel Lot on Tuesday, 10/18/16.  A report was generated for insurance purposes. A patrol check of the area around 1600 hours was negative for a suspect vehicle.

10/20/16 Drug Law Violation: Officers responded to Edgewood Commons for a report of CDS. As a result of the information a judicial board referral was submitted.

10/20/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers assisted the Frostburg City Police with a male subject with an open container on Bowery Street, Frostburg.

10/21/16 Assist Other Agency:  Officer responded to Bobcat Court, Frostburg, to assist the Frostburg Police Department with a noise complaint. There were no citations issued due to noise not being at a level to violate the city ordinance.

10/21/16 Assist Other Agency: While patrolling on E. College Ave. near Wood St., Frostburg Officers noticed a male subject, later identified to be a FSU student, carrying a gas grill. Investigation revealed the gas grill was stolen.  The subject was placed under arrest by FPD. A judicial board referral was submitted.

10/21/16 Drug Law Violation: Officers responded to Cumberland Hall, for the reported odor of burnt marijuana. Upon arrival, contact was made with a male student who allowed officers to enter his room. Once inside officers could not detect the odor of burnt marijuana.

10/21/16 Suspicious: Officers responded to Edgewood Commons parking lot to locate a suspicious vehicle. Officers canvassed the Edgewood Commons parking with negative results.

10/21/16 Suspicious: Officers were dispatched to the Chesapeake Dining Hall to speak with the dining hall staff who reported a suspicious vehicle in the Cambridge parking lot. Officers canvassed the area where the suspicious vehicle was seen with negative results.

10/21/16 Disorderly Conduct/ Emergency Petition: Officers responded to the main entrance of the Performing Arts Center for a reported fight-in-progress. As a result of the investigation one subject was eventually served with two criminal citations.

10/21/16 Open Container: While patrolling in a marked police vehicle on Center St., officers issued a civil citation for possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a public place. Subject was not an FSU student.

10/21/16 Traffic Accident: Officers responded to University Drive at Susan Eisel Drive for a pedestrian that was stuck by a vehicle. As a result of the investigation the vehicle operator was issued motor vehicle citations.  The subject who was struck was treated and released from the hospital.

10/21/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers assisted Frostburg City Police with a traffic stop at the F-Bar on Bowery St., Frostburg.

10/22/16 Open Container: While patrolling in a marked police vehicle on Stoyer St., at the corner of Maple St., officers issued a civil citation for possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a public place. The subject was not an FSU student.

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers responded to University Drive for a report of a subject passed out on the 3rd floor balcony. Upon arrival, officers observed the subject “Alex” the scarecrow. He was not a real person, the scene was cleared.

10/22/16 Hit & Run: Caller reported an unknown vehicle struck the passenger side of her Kia Spectra vehicle while parked secured and unattended in the Performing Arts Center parking lot.

10/22/16 Fraud: Frostburg State University Police are warning of a scam following an incident on Saturday, Oct. 22, in which an FSU student and his parents were simultaneously led to believe the other was in danger of being killed if they didn’t wire money to a threatening caller.

The student’s mother notified police that they believed their son, an FSU football player, had been abducted when his coach reported to her that he had not shown up for Saturday’s game. While police were speaking to the parents, the parents received a phone call threatening that their son would be killed within 30 minutes if funds were not wired to the caller.

Meanwhile, the son had received a call saying that his father would be killed if he didn’t pay, so he was at a nearby store trying to wire money when his parents and coach were expecting him to appear at the football game.  At one point, the caller said the son was being held at that store. When police responded to that location, they found the student unharmed, but distraught and trying to wire money.  No one was injured in the incident, but a significant amount of money was wired to the scammers before police were able reach the son.

A similar incident was reported in Virginia in recent weeks, leading FSU Police to issue a caution to anyone who might receive such a call with a threat to a loved one to contact police and to try to contact their loved one through other means, such as with another phone or a text.

“These callers will often try to keep the victim on the phone so they can’t verify the threat, and they can be very convincing,” said FSU Police Chief Cynthia Smith. “But if possible, try to use some other means to contact the police and to check on your loved ones. That way you may learn quickly that the threat is false.”  Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information in case should contact University Police at 301-687-4223 (4222 in an emergency) or use the anonymous tip line at 301-687-STOP (7867).

10/22/16 Knock & Talk: Officers conducted a Knock & Talk with the residents on Bowery St., Frostburg.

10/22/16 Drug Law Violation:  Officers responded to Simpson Hall for a CDS complaint. As a result of the investigation a judicial board referral was submitted.

10/22/16 Alcohol violation: Officers contacted two subjects at the corner of Bowery St and College Ave., Frostburg. As a result of the contact one male was issued a civil citation for possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage under age. The other male was issued a civil citation for possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage and a citation for possessing a fictitious license.  A judicial board referral was submitted.

10/22/16 Knock & Talk: Officers conducted a Knock & Talk at Hi-way Pizza on E. College Ave., Frostburg. They spoke with the bouncer about letting people walk outside with open containers.

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers responded to S. Broadway to assist the Frostburg Police Department with a noise complaint. Upon arrival, FSUPD units stood by while FPD officers made contact with tenants of the residence who were advised of the complaint. No citations were issued.

10/22/16 Drug Law Violation: Officers responded to Annapolis Hall for a smell of burnt marijuana. As a result of the investigation a judicial board referral was submitted.

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers assisted Frostburg City Police at E. College Ave. @ Center St., Frostburg, with a traffic stop.

10/22/16 Open Container: While patrolling in a marked police vehicle on Maple St., Frostburg, officers issued a civil citation for possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

10/22/16 Request for Officer: Officers responded to Bobcat Stadium to escort the referee of the men’s soccer game to the locker room due to subjects making threats. Officers returned at the end of the game and observed the FSU soccer team making comments to the referee’s as they exited the field. Athletics Director notified.

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers assisted Frostburg City Police with back-up on a traffic stop on S. Water Street at Park Lane, Frostburg.

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Various officers from Frostburg Police Department, Frostburg State University Police Department and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Alley #33 and E. College Avenue to assist with a foot pursuit. Upon arrival, Frostburg City Police had the fleeing suspect, later identified as an FSU student, was in custody.  Judicial referral was made. 

10/22/16 Assist Other Agency: Officers assisted Allegany County Sheriff’s Office with a traffic stop in the Center Street Lot.

10/23/16 Traffic Arrest: While traveling north on University Drive, officers noticed a green Toyota Corolla traveling south on University Drive, cross the double yellow line and travel south in the north bound lane. A traffic stop was initiated and it was learned that the driver’s driving privileges were suspended. Two traffic citations were issued.  The driver was not a student at Frostburg State University.

10/24/16 Missing Person: Police were contacted by a FSU parent advising her son was missing and that the last time anyone has seen him was on Saturday evening 10/22/2016. Officers were later notified by the parent that she made contact with her son who was reported to be alright.

10/24/16 Information: FSU student reported that he is the victim of extortion. He advised a female contacted him on Facebook on Friday, October 21st. He stated that he and the female then started Skype communications together and the female enticed him to show his private parts while on Skype. He stated that he then received threats that the video of his person and private parts would be shown over the internet if he did not transfer money. He was instructed to transfer $100.0O Western Union to a subject that resides in the Philippines, which he did. The student was advised since he resides off campus he would need to contact Frostburg City Police and report the incident to them.

10/24/16 Missing Person: Parent reported his juvenile daughter was truant from school today and believes she is at FSU with her boyfriend in Frederick Hall.  Officers were able to locate the juvenile in the lounge area on the 2nd floor of Frederick Hall. She was transported to police headquarters where she awaited her parent’s arrival.

10/24/16 Fire: Officers were notified by several students they had observed smoke coming from the drainage pond area near the main entrance to the CCIT building. Upon arrival, officers observed several areas of flame and smoke encompassing an area approximately 5 feet in width. Contact was made with the fire department that responded and extinguished the fire.  FSU Facilities notified.

10/24/2016 Community Policing: FSUPD Officers and Frostburg City Police met with the FSU Greek Council in the Lane Center, during their regular business meeting. Officers spoke with approximately 25 council members regarding town-gown relations and provided them with information to provide feedback and ideas to improve relations. In addition, officers spoke with residents at a City Of Cumberland meeting.

10/24/16 Disturbance: FSU student reported while he was leaving the CCIT building, a silver car drove past him and the passenger leaned out the window and shot a “bb gun” at him and a few other students who were walking in the area. No other descriptors were given. Officers reviewed the video surveillance tape of the CCIT building and a silver in color passenger car driving past CCIT on Environmental Drive. As the vehicle approached a few students walking along the sidewalk, the passenger could be seen leaning out of the car and pointing what appeared to be a gun of some sort at the students on the sidewalk. The students on the sidewalk then ducked down behind a Kia Sportage for cover. The silver passenger car continued on Environmental Drive and turned right onto University Drive without further incident. The students on the sidewalk then got out from behind the Kia and began walking away like nothing happened. There were other people in the area, but none of them even looked in the direction of the car and continued doing what they were doing. Based on the footage the only people who reacted at all to the individual who appeared to be pointing a gun out of the moving car were the subjects who ducked behind the Kia. The video footage was not clear enough to determine the make and model of the car or a license plate number. Officers responded to Environmental Drive in an attempt to find any evidence of an air rifle/pistol being shot and were unable to locate any pellets or bb’s anywhere. A check of the Kia Sportage that the walking students ducked behind was conducted and no damage was observed anywhere on the body of the vehicle. Contact was made with the owner of the Kia and she advised there was no damage to her vehicle. Complainant advised he was not hit by anything, and no evidence of pellets or bb’s were located at the scene.

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