Interim Chancellor Roter: Oshkosh Police investigating crimes, University Police collaborating to assure campus-area safety

Dear UWO Campus Community members,

Like you, we are concerned by the recent, uncharacteristic rash of crime and violence in a neighborhood east of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The most recent incident involved a robbery and the stabbings of two students late Friday night. They suffered serious injuries, but we are glad to report that both victims are recuperating at an area hospital.

As the Oshkosh Police Department (OPD) has shared, the Friday night incident happened at approximately 11 p.m. in the 400 block of West Lincoln Avenue and 700 block of Wright Street. Police seek 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.”

OPD is leading the ongoing investigation of these recent crimes. University Police are collaborating. We echo OPD’s request that anyone with any information about the incidents please call (920) 236-5700. If you have information and would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 or text IGOTYA, and your crime tip to 274637. Online, you can go to www.winnebagocrimestoppers.org and submit your tip.

Victims are never responsible for the violence perpetrated against them. There are steps we can each take to strengthen our safety.

We have used our Titan Alert system to send incident information to anyone who signs up to receive text messages. The system helps us relay critical incident and safety details to campus community members’ and others’ phones as soon as possible. It also allows us to echo those same messages through University email and Twitter and Facebook to students, staff and faculty. You can sign up to receive Titan Alert text messages at http://emergency.uwosh.edu.

If you are out late at night, we encourage you, as OPD recommends, to travel in groups and stay in well-lit areas. There are a number of additional tips and resources you can use, including our campus-based Safewalk program, which provides trained Community Service Officers (CSOs) to safely escort you on and around campus during the evening and night hours. You can learn more about it and our other safety tips and resources at www.uwosh.edu/up. You can also download our free UW Oshkosh mobile app, which offers quick access to safety resources.

Ensuring that UW Oshkosh is a safe place to study, work and live is our most important responsibility. We care about one another here, and we take the obligation to individually and collectively preserve a safe campus community very seriously. We thank you for taking an active role, and we pledge to keep you informed of any new developments in the ongoing investigations.

 

Petra Roter, Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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.