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Honorable Mention Top 10

Number 10

JESTER EAST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street

Public Intoxication: UT staff members reported a UT student ran past the front desk and took an elevator up onto one of the floors. Officers located a subject standing in the hallway wearing only his boxers and carrying his shorts and shirt. The subject informed the officers he was trying to get into his apartment, at the “Block,” so he could go to bed. The officers detected a strong odor of alcohol on the subject’s breath and noted other signs of intoxication in addition to his lack of memory. Officers learned the student had entered into an unsecure dormitory room, got undressed and got into bed with another UT student. The officers learned the intoxicated student lived in Jester and gave the student a chance to call his roommate to come and get him. The student was unable to find his phone even though he was holding it in his hand. The student was taken into custody for Public Intoxication and transported to Central Booking. Occurred on: 11-08-12, at 1:05 AM.

Number 9

200 BLOCK WEST 21st STREET

Driving While Intoxicated / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor (5 Counts): A UT Police Officer observed a white Ford Mustang without its headlamps on.  During the traffic investigation, the officer noted there were seven UT students crammed into the vehicle and no one was wearing a seat belt.  The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment and on the driver’s breath. The officer noted the driver’s eyes were also bloodshot and watery.  The driver informed the officer he had consumed two beers because he was the designated driver for the attendees at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party. During the investigation, the officer administered the Standardized Field Sobriety tests. The UT student driver displayed a number of clues that indicated he was intoxicated. The driver was taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to Central Booking.  As the investigation continued, the passengers were removed from the vehicle.  The officers detected a moderate to strong odor of alcohol on the breaths of the passengers and learned all of the passengers were under the legal age of 21. The passengers were identified as in-coming freshmen attending orientation. They stated they were attending a party at the Phi Kappa Psi house. Five of the six passengers were issued court appearance citations for Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor and released at the scene.  Occurred on: 6-28-12, at 1:05 AM.

Crime Prevention Tip: The College Experience; For a number of students this means obtaining a degree, then entering the work force and making a difference in the world. For some the college experience means becoming the life of the party. Over the past three weeks several future UT students have had their first encounter with the University of Texas Police Department. Three students experienced the accommodations afforded to them at Central Booking. All of these students were referred to the Dean of Students and are now starting their college careers off at UT with disciplinary actions taken against them. Not a good start.

Last night during one of the freshman orientation presentations, a very good question was asked by an in-coming freshman. What are the ramifications for underage drinking?  There are several laws in place dealing with Underage Drinking, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor and Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor are the primary laws we encounter on a regular basis.  As a UT student you will get to talk to the Dean of Students.  The Dean will mandate you to take an 8 hour Drug and Alcohol class in addition to performing 20 hours of Community Service.  Not so bad right.  Well you will also get to talk to a real judge.  There you will face court fines, court costs, mandatory 8 hour Drug and Alcohol class, 20 hours of Community Service, and lose your driver’s license for 30 days.  And for the rest of your life you will have a criminal conviction on your record.  Not so bad right.  Well folks, these types of offenses can affect your chances in obtaining your dream job.

Number 8

JESTER EAST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street

Public Intoxication / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: UT Police Officers responded to a report of a future UT student, inside a first floor restroom paying penance after having paid homage to Dionysus all night.  When the student exited the restroom, the officers noted the student was still wearing the evidence of his penance.  The officers also detected a strong odor of alcohol on the student’s breath and noted other signs of intoxication. The student informed the officers he had attended a party at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and could not remember how much alcohol he had consumed, but knew it was a lot. The student was asked if there was someone he could call that would take care of him until he sobered up.  The student called his roommate.  The officers soon determined the roommate was not capable of taking care of his intoxicated roommate, since he himself was also intoxicated. Austin EMS treated the first student for alcohol poisoning at the scene and transported him to a local area hospital.  The second student was issued a field release citation for Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.  Both students were referred to the Dean of Student’s Office. Occurred on: 6-14-12, at 2:07 AM.

Number 7

ALEMTRIS DUREN HALL, 2624 Whitis Ave

Theft / Evading Arrest / Assist Outside Agency: The UT Police Department received information a non-UT subject had removed a mountain bicycle that had been in the bike racks located on the northeast side of the dormitory. During the investigation, the officers located the bicycle as well as the subject several miles away from campus. The suspect became evasive in answering the officer’s questions and when told he was under arrest for Theft, decided he needed to go for a quick jog. The subject turned and left the area by running across a four lane highway. With the officers in pursuit, the subject took the officers on a tour of his neighborhood. When the officers became tired of the jog, they ended the pursuit and took the subject into custody. The officers soon learned why the subject had an over powering need to leave, he had several outstanding Outside Agency arrest warrants for Theft as well as Evading Arrest. Additional charges for Evading Arrest were filed and the subject was transported to Central Booking. Recovered Value: $1,350.00. Occurred on: 6-13-12, at 5:49 PM.

Number 6

JESTER EAST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street

Public Intoxication: UT staff members reported a UT student ran past the front desk and took an elevator up onto one of the floors. Officers located a subject standing in the hallway wearing only his boxers and carrying his shorts and shirt. The subject informed the officers he was trying to get into his apartment, at the “Block,” so he could go to bed. The officers detected a strong odor of alcohol on the subject’s breath and noted other signs of intoxication in addition to his lack of memory. Officers learned the student had entered into an unsecure dormitory room, got undressed and got into bed with another UT student. The officers learned the intoxicated student lived in Jester and gave the student a chance to call his roommate to come and get him. The student was unable to find his phone even though he was holding it in his hand. The student was taken into custody for Public Intoxication and transported to Central Booking. Occurred on: 11-08-12, at 1:05 AM.

Number 5

UNIVERSITY POLICE BUILDING, 2201 Robert Dedman Drive

Terroristic Threat: A Non-UT Subject was banging on the loading dock door to the University Police Department. He was sweating and appeared to be in distress. A plain clothes UT Detective opened the back door to meet with the subject. He immediately started yelling out “Does a cop have the right to cuss at you?” The detective told him it was not normal behavior but it depended on the situation. The subject kept yelling out that question and then said he was going to kill the next cop he saw. The detective tried to deescalate the situation by asking the subject to sit down on a bench. The subject kept repeating that he was going to kill the next cop he saw. He was upset with an officer from the Austin Police Department for cussing him out at a park. He began to walk down the stairs. The plain clothes detective went back into the building and requested uniformed officers to respond. Uniformed officers arrived and stopped the subject. The subject told a supervisor, on scene, that he would take him out. The subject was taken into custody for Terroristic Threat – Against Public Servant and transported to Central Booking.

Number 4

SAN JACINTO PARKING GARAGE, 2420 San Antonio

Criminal Mischief: A UT Police Officer heard what sounded like pieces of wood hitting the ground. The officer soon discovered the exit and entrance control arms located on the west side of the garage had been broken off and were in fact laying on the ground in several pieces. During the investigation, the officer looked at the video footage and observed an unknown subject enter the garage and break off the control arms. With the ambitions of a ninja, the subject demonstrated his martial arts prowess by kicking the 1”x 4” boards, breaking them into several pieces. The unknown subject was described as: White male, with brown hair, last seen wearing a jeans and no shirt. The subject’s shirt was hanging out of his pants pocket. Estimated repair: $100.00. Occurred on: 6-20-12, at 1:04 AM.

Number 3

100 BLOCK East 21st Street

Suspicious Activity: A UT Police Officer responded to a report of a subject singing from the top of a tree. During the investigation the officers located the subject and confirmed he was in-fact singing. The subject came down out of the tree and explained to the officers he found it entertaining to sing from a tree. Occurred on: 1-26-12, at 3:02 PM.

Number 2

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, 100 East 21st Street

Theft / Suspicious Activity: A UT staff member reported seeing a suspicious person climb a tree, leave, return and climb the tree again. While the officers were talking to the reporting person, the subject returned and again began climbing the tree. The officer stopped the subject and identified him as a current UT student. The student informed the officer he had seen the tree as a challenge and climbed it. However, while he was climbing the tree he had placed his backpack on the ground. While in the tree the student witnessed a bearded white male take his backpack and its contents. The student stated his black leather wallet, credit cards, personal identification, HTC phone, and a Asus notebook were taken. Loss value: $525.00. Occurred on: 9-18-12, between 3:36 PM and 3:46 PM.

Number 1

CAROTHERS DORMITORY, 2501 Whitis Ave

Theft: A UT contractor discovered a security camera he had set down was missing. Prior to discovering the camera missing, the contractor had observed a painting contractor walking around the building aimlessly. During the investigation, the officers located the painting contractors and searched their work area. The officers were unable to locate the missing camera. After leaving, the officers received a telephone call from the one of the painting contractors, they had located the missing camera. The contractor informed the officer that when things are lost at her house, she and her family all pitch in to look for the missing item. The security company declined to file charges. Recovered value: $250.00. Occurred on: 8-08-12 at 11:53 AM.

 

Best of 2012 Top 10

Number 10

CALHOUN HALL, 204 West 21st Street

False Report / False Alarm: Officers responded to a reported fire alarm inside Calhoun Hall. Officers discovered an unknown subject had pulled the fire pull station activating the fire alarm. While investigating this incident, additional officers began responding to a number of fire alarms in several other buildings on campus. It appeared the subject was creating a Ring of Fire …alarms around campus. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect. The suspect was described as: Hispanic male, heavy set, last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts, red and black ball cap. The suspect will go down down down for the ring of fire …alarms. Occurred on: 9-10-12, at 2:08 PM.

Number 9

100 BLOCK EAST DEAN KEETON

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor / Evading Arrest: A UT Police Officer observed a UT student staggering and stumbling behind a retaining wall. When the student saw the marked police vehicle, she tried to run in the opposite direction to no avail. The officer drove around the block and discovered the female student slumped on the ground attempting to belly-crawl under a rail. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the student's breath and learned she was coming from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. The officer learned the student was under the legal age of 21 and was issued a court appearance citation for Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. The student informed the officer that her big sisters from her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, had taught her to run away from the police so she could avoid getting into trouble. Occurred on: 9-22-12, at 1:21 AM.

Number 8

DKR TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM, 2200 Robert Dedman

Criminal Trespass: A UT student was observed creating a disturbance at one of the entrances into the stadium. The student claimed her ticket had been confiscated by a staff member. When the officer took the student to the staff member, the student changed the location to another gate on the opposite side of the stadium. The officer confirmed the student had not purchased a ticket and told her she needed to leave. The student then informed the police officer that she was going to watch the game since her friends were there. The officer again explained to the student, she needed to leave the stadium. The student refused and was taken into custody for Criminal Trespass and was transported to Central Booking. The subject was able to watch the game with her new friends, the jailers and other prisoners. Occurred on: 11-22-12, at 8:00 PM.

Number 7

BURDINE HALL, 2505 University Ave

Theft: An unknown subject reached under a stall and grabbed a black laptop case containing a black and silver HP laptop. The suspect was described as: White male, 5’-11”, brown hair, and last seen wearing cowboy boots and a light green shirt. Loss value: $510.00. Occurred on: 11-15-12, at 2:45 PM.

Crime Prevention Tip: This is not a new crime, but it has been awhile since it last happened here on the 40 Acres. There is a very simple way to prevent this type of theft. Place your belonging towards the back of the stall. This way the thief will never catch you with your pants down.

Number 6

2000 BLOCK WHITIS AVE

Public Intoxication: A UT Police Officer observed a UT student attempting to assist a shirtless non-UT subject, but the non-UT subject had the student pinned against a wall. As the officer was exiting his vehicle, the non-UT subject decided it was time to leave the area. After being stopped, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the non-UT subject’s breath. The officers noted other signs of intoxication. The subject became very uncooperative with the officers. The subject handed the officers his Texas Exs card as his identification instead of his driver’s license. The subject again attempted to leave and was asked to sit down, the subject reached into his pocket and removed his telephone. The subject called 911 and reported he was being held up by police officers who were wearing green badges and carrying yellow guns. After being taken into custody for Public Intoxication, the subject asked the student to call Federal Police and inform them that he had been arrested and humiliated. The subject was transported to Central Booking. Occurred on: 7-06-12, at 1:50 AM.

Number 5

100 BLOCK EAST DEAN KEETON

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor / Evading Arrest: A UT Police Officer observed a UT student staggering and stumbling behind a retaining wall. When the student saw the marked police vehicle, she tried to run in the opposite direction to no avail. The officer drove around the block and discovered the female student slumped on the ground attempting to belly-crawl under a rail. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the student's breath and learned she was coming from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. The officer learned the student was under the legal age of 21 and was issued a court appearance citation for Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. The student informed the officer that her big sisters from her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, had taught her to run away from the police so she could avoid getting into trouble. Occurred on: 9-22-12, at 1:21 AM.

Number 4

3300 BLOCK LAKE AUSTIN BLVD.

Driving While Intoxicated: A UT Police Officer discovered a silver Ford blocking the entrance into Brackenridge Apartments. The officer discovered a white male passed out in the driver’s seat as well as a passed out passenger. The female passenger was still wearing the evidence of having had an extreme physical reaction to the over consumption of alcohol. The officer was able to wake the non-UT driver. Once the driver realized it was the police attempting to wake him, he panicked and for the next ten minutes repeatedly stated, “Oh` my gosh.” The driver exited the vehicle and continued to let the officer know that he was “lactose intolerant, his sister’s mentor as well as an African American.” The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and noted other signs of intoxication. The driver could not perform any of the field sobriety tests. The driver was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Once released from the hospital, the subject was transported to Central Booking. Occurred on: 9-27-12, at 4:40 AM.

Number 3

1900 BLOCK GUADALUPE

Theft / Assist Outside Agency:A non-UT subject entered a business on Guadalupe and approached a uniformed UT Police Officer and asked the officer if he wanted to purchase several UT jerseys for $10.00 each. The officer not wanting to pass up a “good deal” noticed the jerseys still had the store price stickers attached to them and asked the subject for his identification. The officer soon learned the subject had an outstanding Outside Agency arrest warrant and was taken into custody and transported to Central Booking. As the investigation continued, the officer located the store where the jerseys had been stolen from. Additional charges for Theft were filed. Recovered value: $140.00. Occurred on: 11-28-12, at 1:00 PM.

Stay Out of Jail Tip: Never a good idea to offer to sell stolen property to a uniformed cop.

Number 2

JESTER EAST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street

Criminal Mischief: Two future UT students discovered an unknown subject, wearing only a pink shirt, standing inside their room. The subject grabbed the student’s box of Cheese-It and began marking his personal territory inside the box. The students pushed the unknown subject out of their dorm room and notified the UT Police Department. The responding officers were able to follow a wet trail that led to a bio-hazard filled box of Cheese-It. The officers searched the area and were unable to locate the unknown subject. The subject was described as: white male, 5’-10”, with a thick build and blond hair. Loss value: $3.00. Estimated damage: $150.00. Occurred on: 6-14-12, at 4:02 AM.

Crime Prevention Tip: A locked door can do wonderful things, like preventing a half naked individual from aggravating you while urinating inside your Cheese-It box.

Number 1

MAIN BUILDING, 110 Inner Campus Dr

Suspicious Person: Several UT Police Officers responded to Room 8 after receiving various alarms within minutes of each other. Officers discovered entry into the room had been made through the ceiling. The A/C ceiling vent was laying on the floor along with dust and other ceiling materials. Officers began searching the office and discovered a masked non-UT subject attempting to hide by hanging onto the wall molding and a window blind. The subject refused to comply with the officers requests to come out with his hands up. The subject even refused the officers coaxing when the officer handed over the Jack in the Box French Fries. The non-UT subject escaped through an open window and evaded the officers. The non-UT subject was described as: Three feet tall, last seen wearing a brown and black stripped coat, furry gloves and black mask over his eyes. Occurred on: 11-20-12, at 2:41 AM.