3-3-14 at 6:58am: The University of Florida Police Department is investigating an aggravated battery that took place in the parking lot of Leigh Hall at approximately 7:00am. The suspect approached the victim and his wife while they were exiting their vehicle and after a brief discussion, stabbed the suspect. After the incident, the suspect returned to his vehicle and the fled the incident location. UFPD Officers located and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but discontinued the pursuit given the reckless and dangerous driving pattern of the suspect and the danger to others on the roadway at the time.
The suspect is described as a white male, late 20s, driving a black Jeep traveling west on Newberry Road. If anyone has any informnation pertaining to this incident please call UFPD at 352.392.1111 or 9.1.1
3-3-14 at 10:00am UPDATE: The suspect from the aggravated battery that occurred on the University of Florida campus earlier this morning was located by UFPD and GPD officers in the area of Best Buy and Petsmart located in the Butler Plaza along Archer Road. As an officer from the GPD was attempting to make contact with the suspect, he charged at the officer while he wielded a small ax or hatchet. The GPD officer shot the suspect who later succumbed to his injuries.
3/5/14 at 2:18pm: The following information was reported from the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) today and is being distributed to the campus community due to the crime’s close proximity to the University of Florida campus:
The GPD is currently investigating four occurrences of battery and exposure of sexual organs that took place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 after 3:00am, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 after 12:00pm, and Saturday, March 1, 2014 after 3:30am. The incidents took place between the 100 and 200 block of NW 17th St. and the 900 block of West University Avenue across from the University of Florida campus. According to information provided by the GPD, the victims were standing with their backs turned to the suspect when they suddenly felt that they were being urinated on (battery). When the victims confronted the suspect, he was found exposing himself and then left the area on foot after the confrontation.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 25-30 years of age, 6’ tall, medium to “chunky” build, short curly hair, dark complexion and was last seen wearing grey or dark hoodie and baggie jeans.
Anyone with information about the incident or who may know the man’s identity is asked to call the Gainesville Police Department at 352.955.1818 or text keyword GPDFL plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 352.372.STOP (7867).
The UFPD recognizes that violence of this nature is not the fault of the victim and is highly unusual. Consequently, the UFPD would like to remind everyone of these basic safety considerations:
Report suspicious activities or individuals immediately using 9.1.1
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is particularly true if you are wearing headphones and may not be able to hear someone near or behind you.
If someone bothers you, don’t be embarrassed to attract attention to yourself. Yell!
Avoid walking alone. On campus, use the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP), a safe campus escort service by calling 352.392.7627 (SNAP).
Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.
If someone stops and asks for directions, avoid getting close to the individual.
CURRENT CAMPUS/COMMUNITY SAFTEY NOTICE
Current Campus/Community Safety Notice
February 7, 2014
The University of Florida has experienced a rise in scooter thefts over the past three months with 10 scooters stolen since December of 2013. The University Police Department (UFPD) would like to remind students, staff, and faculty of the following safety points to help reduce the number of these crimes from occurring in the future and assist in apprehending those responsible.
• Notify law enforcement immediately of any suspicious person or activity that you observe. Please pay particular attention to those found loitering in the area where scooters are parked.
• Most thefts are crimes of opportunity. Don’t leave your scooter keys in the ignition or where a thief may be able to find it. Make sure you lock up your scooter even if you are only going to be gone a short time. A thief only needs seconds to take your property.
• If possible, use an anti-theft deterrent to lock up your scooter. The use chains with padlocks, disk locks, U-locks and throttle immobilizers are all proven to be good deterrents.
• Park your scooter in well-lit and designated areas. If you park your scooter in a dark area, it could be all the opportunity a thief needs.
Remember, if you encounter any suspicious person or activity, please notify law enforcement immediately. For all emergencies, dial 911. You can also contact UFPD dispatch at 352.392.1111 or off-campus 352.955.1818 to reach either the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) or the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO).
Active Shooter: How to Respond
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The UF Community cares about one another. U Matter, We Care extends UF's caring culture by educating our community about signs and symptoms of distress and provides students and employees in distress with the appropriate resources.
Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location.
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For those that are involved in a minor traffic crash on the University of Florida campus, please click on the Florida's Intergrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) logo below to complete your own crash report. You will be prompted through a series a questions that can help you decide if this type of report process is right for you. If you are unsure if this is the right way of reporting a crash or if you have any questions, please contact the UFPD at 352.392.1111 and we will assist you.
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