In light of the three assaults that have been reported on or near campus during the past week, I am writing to remind you of the importance of looking out for your own safety and that of others.
The University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) and the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) are investigating three incidents of women who reported being grabbed by an individual and subsequently battered. In response, UFPD and GPD have increased patrols on campus, adjacent to campus and in the Sorority Row area. In all three incidents, the suspect has been described in a similar manner. We are looking for a white male in his late 20s to 30 years old, between 6’4” and 6’5”, and 250 to 260 pounds.
We recognize that these are troubling incidents but want to assure you that both police departments are focusing their efforts toward apprehending the suspect or suspects, and we are asking for your help. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please use the UFPD Silent Witness or contact Alachua/Gilchrist County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867. Remember, safety is a shared responsibility so we also ask that you follow the University of Florida Police Department Safety Tips. Those include:
Other available resources include U Matter We Care firstname.lastname@example.org; UFPD Victim Advocates (352-392-5648); and the Counseling and Wellness Center (352-392-1575).
As always, please call 9-1-1 during an emergency or use one of more than 300 Blue Light Safety phones located throughout campus. We also encourage everyone to download the “Tap Shield” safety application that also can be used to contact police. Finally, please follow us for updated information through the UFPD home page, the UF Alert home page, or the UF Public Safety Twitter Page.
Chief Linda J. Stump
University of Florida Police Dept.
51 Museum Road
P.O. Box 112150
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150
14-13 Battery Update University of Florida Police Department Press Release regarding the reclassification and unfounding of the September 5, 2014 incident
GPD_Release_17883_FV Gainesville Police Department Press Release regarding the reclassification and unfounding of the September 5, 2014 incident
Letter to UF Students, Faculty, and Staff regarding safety tips from Chief J. Linda Stump.
The following information is provided by the Gainesville Police Department
VIDEO: This is a POSSIBLE suspect from Saturday’s two sexual assault attempts. Please help us identify. http://youtu.be/N3vkJKBTef0
PHOTOS: Attached are two photos of the POSSIBLE suspect in these attacks – it is the best information we have to go on at this point while we sort through other surveillance video. This person is suspected of two sexual assault attempts on Saturday, August 30th.
TO BE CLEAR:
The reported battery last night near UF Library West described a similar suspect, but it is not known yet if the suspect is the same.
The subject is on the sidewalk near the left hand of the frame
The subject is walking right to left in the frame in the gator colors.
If anyone has any information that could identify the person in the photos, please contact GPD Detectives at 352-393-7670, Crimestoppers at 352-372-STOP or text keyword “GPDFL” plus your tip to 274637]]>