Community Crime Alerts

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Community Crime Alerts are reports of major criminal incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2009-2010. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.


Fall 2009 | Winter 2010 | Spring 2010 | Summer 2010


Lewd or Lascivious Conduct with Juvenile

On June 13, 2010 at 7:00pm an unidentified man approached a female juvenile who was with her family in a public place at the corner of Serra Mall and Lasuen Mall. The man touched the victim inappropriately and in an unwelcome manner. The victim was not physically injured.

The victim and witnesses described the suspect as follows: A male of Middle Eastern decent, approximately 60-years old with salt and pepper hair, and a five-o'clock shadow. He also had a pot-belly, and was wearing a tan hat, black t-shirt and black pants. His last known direction of travel was east on Serra Mall near Cummings Art.

This case is currently under investigation. Any one who may have seen this person is urged to contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety Department at (650) 329-2413.

Posted 06/13/10

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UPDATE Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

Palo Alto police conducted a joint investigation with the Santa Clara police and the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, assisted by other regional law enforcement partners. Investigators have worked around the clock for the past five days to process separate crime scenes and to run down multiple leads. The Santa Clara County Crime Lab provided tremendous assistance to the investigation and the suspect was successfully identified.

Palo Alto Police detectives arrested 36-year-old Lionel Blanks on Wednesday evening near his Santa Clara residence. Blanks faces attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges for the alleged rape and assault of a woman inside her SUV. He is being held in the Santa Clara County jail.

Posted 05/27/10

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Meyer Peeper UPDATE

The following is a police sketch of the suspect from the victim and witness descriptions.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Stanford Police at (650)329-2413.

Posted 05/24/10

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Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Suspect at Large

In the early morning hours of May 22, 2010, the victim stopped her vehicle in the 1600 block of El Camino Real, Palo Alto. An unknown suspect gained entry into the victim’s vehicle. The suspect assaulted the victim and entered her vehicle. They drove to the 400 block of Saratoga Avenue in Santa Clara where the suspect sexually assaulted her.

Santa Clara Police Department received a 911 call at approximately 5:24 am. The victim flagged down a passing motorist. Santa Clara Police Department handled the initial investigation until the case was transferred to Palo Alto Police Department.

The victim was unable to provide any suspect description. The victim’s vehicle is a black Mercedes Benz SUV.

Any one who may have seen this vehicle parked along the 1600 block of El Camino Real or on the 400 block of Saratoga Avenue is urged to contact the Palo Alto Police Department. Witnesses can call the department directly at (650) 329-2413, send an anonymous text or email to paloalto@tipnow.org , or leave an anonymous voicemail message at (650) 383-8984.

Posted 05/22/10

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Peeping Tom

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, at about 1:15 p.m., an unidentified male peeked into a bathroom stall while a female student was going to the bathroom in the first floor woman's restroom in Meyer Library. The victim noticed the suspect's head coming under the divider from the next stall over. The suspect looked up at her as she was putting her pants back on. The victim confronted the suspect in the restroom. The suspect claimed to have "gone into the wrong restroom." The suspect was able to get away from the victim and ran towards Green Library.

The victim described the suspect as being a Hispanic or a light-skinned African American (perhaps African American/Caucasian) male, 5’9 to 5’11, 175 to 200 pounds, medium build, with curly or wavy black hair. He was last seen wearing a black sleeveless undershirt, black pants (possibly cargo pants), and black shoes (possibly boots). He was also wearing a black backpack.

Posted 05/08/10

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Suspicious Circumstances

On Saturday, May 8th at approximately 2:30 a.m., a female student was walking from her dorm to Pow Wow. The student was followed by two men in a white van. When the student reached an area with bollards, the men got out of the van and continued to follow the student. The suspicious actions of the men caused her concern. She ran to a safe point at the Pow Wow and was found by the police.

The student described the men as follows: a short, thin white male in his 20s and a heavyset darker-skinned male possibly Hispanic or black wearing a white t-shirt and a dark jacket. The van was described as a white mini van, rounded in shape, possibly a Honda.

Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages you to walk in pairs or groups on well-lighted pathways, to always be aware of your surroundings, and to avoid talking on cell phones or listening to headphones while walking. As always, please immediately report crimes in progress or suspicious persons and activities by calling 911 from a cell phone, 9-911 from a campus phone or activating a blue 911 emergency tower.

Posted 05/08/10

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Ponzi Schemes

Law Enforcement Agencies are being alerted to be aware of "Ponzi Schemes" which have duped millions of unsuspecting investors. A recent, well publicized, and tragic example was the Bernie Madoff case. A Ponzi Scheme is defined as an operation that pays returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. For more information on how a Ponzi Scheme works and how to avoid being a victim, please refer to the US Securities and Exchange Commission web site at : http://www.sec.gov/answers/ponzi.htm. If you are suspicious of any investment offer, especially those that are too good to be true, please contact your financial advisor, CPA, attorney, or local police department. Invest smart and safe!

Posted 05/06/10

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Peeping Tom

On 4/25/10, at about 0855 hours, in the woman's shower in Granada, an unidentified male attempted to peek into a shower stall while a female student was taking a shower. The victim noticed the suspect's head coming under the divider from the next shower stall. The suspect's face was turned towards her but did not make it completely under the divider. The student screamed, causing the suspect to leave. The suspect is described as a male with "copper colored skin," wearing a black beanie and a black sweater.

Posted 04/25/10

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Auto Burglary

On April 25 at 12:09am, in the Roble parking lot, a student interrupted two male suspects who had broken into his vehicle. The student verbally confronted the suspects who left the scene in a dark Honda Accord or Civic. After conducting a search of the area for the suspects, police learned from the student that he had seen the barrel of a silver firearm in the pocket of the sweatshirt of suspect #1 (see description below).

Suspect #1 description: adult male, dark complexion, possibly hispanic, 5'7, heavy set build, black spiked hair, wearing a black hoody with white lettering.

Suspect #2: adult male, possibly hispanic, wearing a white t-shirt, average build.

Police have been searching the area, if you have any information, please call 911 or the non-emergency Palo Alto/Stanford Police Communications number: 650-329-2413

Posted 04/25/10

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Internet Scam Alert

In the past two months there have been four reports of the following Internet Scam:

The scenario starts with a Stanford community member selling something over the Internet. The suspect/buyer answers the ad and makes arrangements to send a check to the seller. The check arrives, but it is written for much more money than the seller is requesting. The seller contacts the suspect/buyer about the mistake. The suspect makes an excuse that the check was sent in error and requests that the seller deposit the check into his/her bank account and wire the overage to the suspect/buyer via Western Union. The suspect/buyer may also request that the seller email the money transfer code (MTC) to the suspect/buyer. The MTC allows the suspect/buyer to collect the money from any Western Union site in any country. A few days later, the bank contacts the seller to tell him or her that the check was fraudulent. The seller then discovers that she or he has been the victim of a scam.

What you can do if you find yourself in this situation: If a check is sent to you in a much greater amount than what you asked for be suspicious. Tear up the check and don't send the product. No one should be sending you more than the amount necessary to purchase what you are selling. - or - If you receive a check, deposit it and wait until the bank tells you that the check has cleared before sending the product to the buyer.

Posted 03/05/10

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Sexual Assault

On February 15th, Police received a report of a sexual assault which occurred on campus possibly in student housing. At this point in time, there are no indications that this incident is related to any other reported criminal activity of a similar nature. An update will be provided should any additional information become available.

Posted 02/22/10

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*UPDATE * Strong-Arm Robbery

On Thursday, February 4th at 9:30 PM a strong-arm robbery occurred in Palo Alto near the Wells Fargo on Quarry Road. The female victim was walking alone through the parking lot near the Wells Fargo bank when the suspect came up behind her and physically attacked her. The victim was punched in the face multiple times causing injuries. The suspect then took the victim's purse. The victim described the suspect as a 25 year old Hispanic female approximately 5'6" tall and weighing 200 lbs with medium length brown hair. No weapons were seen or used. Palo Alto Police are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to use Palo Alto's anonymous tip line by sending a message to paloalto@tipnow.org.

Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages you to walk in pairs or groups on well lighted pathways, to always be aware of your surroundings, and to avoid talking on cell phones or listening to headphones while walking. As always, please immediately report crimes in progress or suspicious persons and activities by calling 911 from a cell phone, 9-911 from a campus phone or activating a blue 911 emergency tower.

Posted 02/10/2010

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Strong Arm Robbery

On Thursday, February 4th at 9:30 PM a strong-arm robbery occurred in Palo Alto near the Wells Fargo on Quarry Road. A female victim was walking alone through the parking lot near the Wells Fargo bank when the suspect came up behind her and attempted to take the victim's purse. When the victim resisted the suspect, the suspect punched the victim in the face multiple times causing injuries. The victim described the suspect as a 25 year old Hispanic female approximately 5'6" tall and weighing 200 lbs with medium length brown hair. No weapons were seen or used. Palo Alto Police are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to use Palo Alto's anonymous tip line by sending a message to paloalto@tipnow.org.

Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages you to walk in pairs or groups on well lighted pathways, to always be aware of your surroundings, and to avoid talking on cell phones or listening to headphones while walking. As always, please immediately report crimes in progress or suspicious persons and activities by calling 911 from a cell phone, 9-911 from a campus phone or activating a blue 911 emergency tower.

Posted 02/05/10

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Burglary

Roble Hall:

On Tuesday, February 2nd, at approximately 5:10pm, a resident called the police to report an unfamiliar person in the hallways of Roble Hall turning doorknobs to the dorm rooms which the resident thought was suspicious behavior. A burglary of an unlocked room at Roble Hall was reported to the police at approximately 6:30pm. Police were able to locate a witness who had observed a person exiting the room where the burglary occurred. The witness described the person as a black male adult, late 20's to early 30's, over 6 feet tall, unshaven, wearing a multi-colored jacket and carrying a backpack.

Terman Engineering Center:

On Tuesday, February 2nd, at approximately 5:25pm, the police received a report of a person who was observed turning doorknobs to offices in the Terman Engineering Center which the reporting party thought was suspicious behavior. At this time, there have been no reports of any thefts at the Terman Center. A witness described the person in this incident as a black male adult, 40's, wearing a brown "fluffy" jacket and carrying a black packpack.

If you have any information on either incident, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633. As a reminder, please lock your door when you leave your room or office.

Posted 02/03/10

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Office Burglaries

On Tuesday, November 24th between 2:00 and 2:30 pm, two office burglars were seen in Encina Hall. The suspects wandered through the various floors and when asked if they need help by employees, they replied "no, I have everything I need," and casually continued their walk through the offices. The suspects found one laptop unattended on the third floor, and then fled in an unknown direction.

The witnesses described the suspects as two black females:

Suspect #1 was a light-skinned African American woman between 35 and 45 years old, large, heavy set, approximately 5’10” or taller, brown hair up in pony tail. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored blouse, possibly black, white and yellow and pants.

Suspect #2 was a dark-skinned African American woman between 30 and 40 years old, smaller, heavy set approximately 5’6”, with brown hair also possibly up-styled. She was last seen wearing a light colored "puff" jacket, and pants.

If you see someone suspicious in your office - call 911 immediately.

Theft Protection Information:

Never prop open a locked door.

When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for only an instant.

Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it. Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security device.

Contact the SUDPS to borrow engravers for your home or office equipment; engrave computers, stereos, and televisions with your driver’s license number (including home state) or department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.

Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.

Posted 11/25/09

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Coyote encounter

On 11/17/09 at approximately 11am a coyote was reported on the trail near the Dish. The coyote moved to within 20 feet of a small child and did not run away when the mother ran up and picked up her child. No one was harmed.

According to Santa Clara County Vector Control District, coyotes that are not afraid of humans are displaying unusual behavior and can be dangerous. They are currently investigating the coyote encounter.

While you are on the trail:
• Keep small children in strollers or within arm’s reach
• Never feed coyotes or any other wildlife
• If confronted by a coyote make loud noises, wave your arms or walking sticks, throw rocks
• Report all incidents to the officer at the Visitor Information Center at the Stanford Avenue gate and telephone County Vector Control at 408-918-4770

Posted 11/17/09

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Prowler

On Monday night, November 16, 2009 at approximately 8:30PM, a female student was the lone person showering in the second floor shower room of Branner Hall. She heard someone enter the shower room. About one minute later, she looked down and saw someone looking up at her from the adjacent shower stall. Because the person was looking at her from under the adjacent shower stall divider, the student could only see part of the suspect's face. The victim called out and the person quickly left the shower room.

The suspect was described as having medium colored skin with black hair to the collar and no facial hair. It is unknown for certain if the person was male or female.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety reminds you to secure all perimeter doors to your living areas and to report suspicious behavior to the police immediately.

Posted 11/17/09

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Sexual Battery

On 11/1/09 at approximately 1am an unknown male suspect reached up under a female’s skirt and touched her genitals. The female ran after the suspect but was unable to catch him. The female described the suspect as a black male approximately 20 years old wearing a red skull cap, jeans and tennis shoes.

Posted 11/02/09

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Sexual Assault

On 10/31/09 at approximately 8:30pm a non-stranger sexual assault occurred in a vehicle on campus.

Posted 11/02/09

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Palo Alto Home Invasion Robbery

Palo Alto Police are reporting that on October 18th at approximately 3:30am, a home invasion robbery of a victim occurred in the 2000 block of Amherst Ave. in Palo Alto. The victim, who was home alone in the bedroom, was awoken by an unknown male suspect. The suspect restrained and blindfolded the victim. The victim heard at least one other male voice in the bedroom, but could not give any description due to the blindfold.

One suspect told the victim that he was there to commit a robbery. The suspect did not injure the victim and eventually left the scene in an unknown direction. It is unknown if anything was stolen from the victim at this time. The victim could only describe the suspect as being tall and lean. The victim then contacted the Palo Alto Police Department. Due to the ongoing investigation, no other information is available.

The PAPD would like to remind and encourage its residents to remember to lock close and lock all windows and doors during the day or night time hours.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Detective Rich Bullerjahn of the Body Crimes Division at (650)329-2274

Posted 10/19/09

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Peeping / Prowling

On 10/19/09 at approximately 2am a resident of 680 Lomita witnessed a man looking into another resident's bedroom window. The witness described the man as Hispanic, in his early 20's and wearing a black short-sleeved t-shirt and jeans

If you see suspicious activity call 9-911 from a campus phone, 911 from a cell phone, or activate a blue 911 emergency tower immediately

Posted 10/19/09

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UPDATE Peeper/Prowler

The following is a police sketch of the suspect from the victim and witness descriptions.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Stanford Police at (650)329-2413.

Posted 10/13/09

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Prowling/Peeping and Battery

On October 12 at approximately 8:15 am a suspicious man was peeking into showers in the 3rd floor women’s restroom at Adams House. The man fled after being confronted by a female student.

At approximately 8:30 am a female student entering the 2nd floor women’s restroom at Robinson House surprised a man peeking at another female student in the shower. As he fled the restroom, the man knocked the second female student against the wall causing her to hit her head. The student ran after him as he fled in a westerly direction.

The victims described the suspect as a white male, in his late 20’s or early 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, and approximately 200 lbs. He was wearing a burgundy hoody with the hood up. He had short, light colored hair. The suspect may be associated with a white panel van with a ladder on top.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the police.

There will be an informational meeting with the police tonight at 7pm in the Robinson House lounge. All students are welcome.

Posted 10/12/09

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