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UPD Beat: Student Left on a Campus Shuttle Alone

Week of 1/9 – 1/18
Adriana Hall

On Jan. 9, a complainant reported harassment that occurred over social media. The complainant told the officer they never met the subject in person. The officer advised the complainant to block the subject from social media and to contact UPD if the problem continues. 

Unit 12 noticed a vehicle parked on the first floor of Garage 4 that a sleeping individual occupied on Jan. 9.  The individual has been abusing the parking pass system and was advised to go to Parking Services for a parking pass. He was told that he would not be provided with a visitor pass because he is a student. He was advised to go off campus and sleep at a rest stop down the road.

While patrolling on Jan. 9, Unit 12 found an individual walking who was then picked up by their parents. While the officer was finishing up with a previous incident, they observed a vehicle pull up to the entrance of Garage 4. The vehicle stopped and an Asian female got out of the vehicle, started waving her hands and was talking loudly. The vehicle then pulled out and then stopped to observe both parties: the girl and her parents. The officer made a note that the vehicle driver was an Uber driver who dropped off the female student. She was walking around Gulf Coast Town Center and didn’t want her parents to know. Her parents arrived and took her home. 

On Jan. 9, Unit 12 spotted a vehicle parked at Kleist Health Education Center. The officer found an individual running on a treadmill. He was identified as a USSI worker. Using a translation app, the officer informed the individual that the equipment is owned by a homebase program that monitors who uses it. The individual apologized, cleaned up and left the area. 

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An Eagle Hall Resident Assistant (RA) at South Village called UPD about a concern they had for a non-student who was inside a dorm they had removed alcohol from on Jan. 10. The person was leaving the dorm building. The RA was concerned that the student was under the influence and was headed toward the parking garage. Officers contacted the subject who was walking to another University Village apartment. He was not driving anywhere. 

A complainant noticed the fence was down in the back of the warehouse at Buckingham Complex on Jan. 10. The two other doors looked busted open on the backside of the warehouse. Unit 46 responded and completed a report. The complainant found nothing to be missing or damaged inside the building.

A caller smelled fire from room 170 of Ben Hill Griffin Hall. Unit 30 responded to the call and said there was no fire seen but there was a smell of smoke. Work Management arrived on the scene as well. Fire and work management checked the building. There was no indication of fire. UPD thinks the smell came from the dust of the heater. 

A welfare check was requested for a student regarding a possible suicidal situation on Jan. 13. The subject was relocated to Park Royal Hospital and a Baker Act form was completed.

A mother called UPD on Jan. 13 about a suspicious person who had been seen walking around South Village. The subject was described to be a 5-foot-11-inch bald white male with a beard. He looked to be in his 40s. He was wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants. The individual has been seen in multiple locations walking around cars at night. Unit 12 contacted the mother and informed her to let her student know to call UPD when the individual is seen. 

On Jan. 18, a student was left on a shuttle bus, and no one was around to help her get off of the bus. She sounded distressed when on the call with UPD. Unit 52 located the bus driver; he was on his lunch break. The driver took the student back to the bus stop.

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Alexandra Cavalier
Alexandra Cavalier, Eagle News Assistant Assignment & Features Editor
Alexandra Cavalier is a junior majoring in journalism. She is from Bradenton, FL, and has been interested in journalism since she joined the yearbook staff during her freshman year of high school. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in publishing. When not planning her next story, you can find her studying art history or watching movies.

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