The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Police Beat

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May 5- At 7:44 a.m., a 21-year-old female Jefferson Hall resident reported finding a layer of peanut butter coating her door. Police believe the suspect, a male UMW student, also dumped the contents of her closet and dresser into the community shower and saturated the items with shampoo and conditioner.  The case is closed.

June 15- At 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a fire alarm at the UMW Apartments.  Police believe burnt squash triggered the alarm. The male residential student voluntarily informed police that his girlfriend was responsible for scorching the side-dish.

June 22- At 6 p.m., a male UMW Residence Life employee reported finding a nail hammered into the sidewall of his gold Dodge Intrepid. Police determined the tire had been stabbed eight times.  Damages total $82, and there are no suspects or witnesses in the case.

July 3- At 8:30 p.m., an officer reported finding the UMW seal medallion missing from the brick signpost at the corner of William St. and College Ave. Campus police alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies and entered the missing $1,140 seal into a national crime database.  There are no suspects or witnesses in the case.

July 4- At 11:20 p.m., an officer on bike patrol discovered trash strewn along campus walk approaching the Alvey Hall parking lot.  Two of the lot’s parking signs had been destroyed and a bike rack was overturned. There are no suspects or witnesses in the case.

July 11- At 6:30 a.m., a staff member told campus police that a firebomb had been set off in the parking garage. Patterns scorched into the lower level of the parking deck led responding officers to believe a Molotov cocktail-type device had been detonated. The suspects burned “PROM” into the asphalt. Campus police and the Fredericksburg Fire Marshall have identified multiple suspects in the ongoing investigation.

July 21- At 5:43 a.m., Sodexho employees summoned campus police to the loading dock behind Seacobeck.  They’d arrived to find the service door propped open with both dry and frozen goods left outside. Police estimate $90 worth of missing and spoiled items including chicken tenders, tenderloins, and corn dogs. There are no suspects or witnesses.

July 22- At 3:30 p.m., a staff member reported seeing three males tamper with a desk outside of Marshall Hall. The staff member found a pile of smoldering leaves in the top drawer. Police estimate $3 damage, and the case remains ongoing.

July 24- At 1:35 p.m., a patrolling officer called to verify concerns about a suspicious vehicle parked in the Jepson lot.  The red Pontiac Sunfire had no front plate, and the back plate appeared to have been tampered with. The car’s owner, a UMW employee, had altered the date on her inspection tag. She was also found to be driving on a suspended license and was issued a Virginia suspension notice.

August 17- At 12:33 a.m. Fredericksburg police alerted campus police after the girlfriend of a male Virginia Tech student reported that her boyfriend had slashed his wrist.  He repeatedly yelled that he refused to return to Virginia Tech and then left her residence to wander around the city.  A campus policeman tracked down the suicidal student at the baseball field. The student was bleeding heavily, but remained conscious. The officer transported him to Mary Washington Hospital, and campus police notified Virginia Tech campus police.

August 25- At 11:59 p.m., an 18-year-old Virginia Hall resident requested assistance after her window shattered during a storm. The student sustained several cuts on her hands when she attempted to shut the window. First aid was applied on-scene.

August 29- At 11:04 p.m., two 17-year-old Virginia Hall residents notified campus police after a male “student” followed them on the FRED bus to Wal-mart, where he shadowed them around the store.  The frightened students had a friend transport them home from the store, and tried to identify their stalker on Facebook. His profile describes him as a 20-year-old residential student. Residence Life has no record of the suspect. The case remains ongoing.