Information Regarding Recent Attacks on UNM Campus
University leaders want faculty, staff and students to be aware of two attacks on female students reported on the UNM campus. Officials from UNM Police Department (UNMPD) are urging the community to be vigilant.
The UNMPD is working diligently on investigating these incidents and has dedicated all available resources to this situation. Protecting the community and solving these crimes is their number one priority.
Over the past two weeks two attacks were reported on the UNM main campus. The first incident occurred on the afternoon of January 27, near the tennis courts north of Johnson Field. The second incident was reported on the night of February 4, 2013 near Castetter Hall. As of today, the suspect or suspects still remain at large. Police do not believe the incidents are related.
Download a copy of the composite sketches of suspects related to the January 27 incident.
Suspect #1 is described as a black male in his early twenties, 140 to 150 lbs. with an athletic build and very dark skin. This suspect had a distinct gap between his upper front teeth with the left tooth angled away from the other.
Suspect #2 is described as a black male in his mid-twenties to early thirties, 6'3” tall weighing 240 to 250 lbs. with an athletic build, very dark skin and diamond studs in both ears.
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Campus forum to focus on sexual violence after recent attacks
A campus forum will be held on Friday, February 8, to discuss concerns related to the recent attacks, providing the UNM community the opportunity to share tips on personal safety, answer questions and explain how people can become involved in campus safety efforts.
The forum will include staff from the Dean of Students' Office, Residence Life, the UNM Women’s Resource Center and the Agora Crisis Center. Issues explained and addressed will include infrastructure already in place to prevent and respond to sexual violence, as well as proposed measures to increase awareness and safety on campus. This is also an opportunity to engage the campus community on what they can do to become more personally involved in a range of programs. Byron Piatt, UNM Emergency Manger, will moderate a question and answer session.
The forum will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium. It is free and open to the public, and any interested UNM students, faculty, staff or local community members are encouraged to attend.
Emergency Blue Lights
More than one hundred Emergency Blue Light phones are located across the UNM campus. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, all you need to do is lift the receiver or press the button and it connects directly to UNMPD, and an officer will be dispatched to that location. Emergency Blue Light phones locations can be identified at http://search.unm.edu/maps.
Risk reduction techniques
Officials encourage all members of the campus community to follow risk reduction techniques:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. For example, do not wear earphones when walking or engage in other behaviors that may distract you from your environment.
- Walk with a trusted friend whenever possible.
- Attempt to walk in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
- Keep dorm, apartment and car doors locked.
- Immediately report suspicious behavior to police. Police would rather respond to a tip that turn out to be easily explained, than be notified after a crime has occurred.
- For University students and staff, sign up for LoboAlerts at http://loboalerts.unm.edu. The system sends a text and/or email if there is an urgent situation.
- More than one hundred Emergency Blue Light phones are located across the UNM campus. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, all you need to do is lift the receiver or press the button and it connects directly to UNMPD, and an officer will be dispatched to that location. Emergency Blue Light phones locations can be identified at http://search.unm.edu/maps.
- Program UNMPD into your cell phone 505.277.2241