Oshkosh Police investigating off-campus stabbing seek information

The Oshkosh Police Department (OPD) shared the following media release related to a Friday, Oct. 24 incident near the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. As UW Oshkosh made the campus community aware of incident details through the Titan Alert system shortly after it occurred, we will continue to provide OPD investigative updates here as they become available.

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Date: October 25, 2014

Time: 1:30 a.m.

The Oshkosh Police Department is investigating two related stabbings of individuals that occurred October 24th at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 400 block of West Lincoln Avenue and 700 block of Wright Street. We are actively looking for a lone, white male suspect described as 5’9” to 6’0” tall weighing approximately 250 pounds with a buzz haircut and wearing dark, baggy clothing in connection with both stabbings.

A 911 call of a robbery was initially received at 10:58 p.m.  The two male victims were walking in the 400 block of West Lincoln Avenue when the first victim was confronted by the suspect who forcibly took his cell phone. A struggle ensued and the suspect stabbed the first victim. The second victim gave chase into the 700 block of Wright Street where another struggle ensued and the second victim was stabbed. The suspect fled on foot westbound from the 700 block of Wright Street and has not yet been identified or apprehended. Both victims were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Further details of their condition are not being released at this time.

The Oshkosh Police Department is investigating whether this incident may be connected with other recent robberies that have occurred in the UW-Oshkosh area. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700. If you have information and would like to remain anonymous, please contact Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 or text IGOTYA and your crime tip to 274637, or go to:  www.winnebagocrimestoppers.org and submit your text via the web.

The Oshkosh Police Department also reminds citizens who are out at a late hour to try to stay in a group and travel in well lit areas. Lone individuals can be targets for criminals and are more susceptible to having a crime attempted against them.