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Update regarding off-campus robbery July 3

As the Winston-Salem Police Department investigates the July 3 off-campus robbery of a Wake Forest University student, the University Police Department encourages students, faculty and staff to review safety information on the University’s web site.

No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

Detailed information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of crime is available on the University’s Wake Ready web site at http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

The online information offers recommendations on matters ranging from consistently locking doors to downloading the University’s LiveSafe app.

The July 3 robbery occurred shortly before 5 a.m. at the Deacon’s Station apartment complex off Polo Road.  Two men entered an unlocked apartment and stole a small amount of cash and a cell phone directly from a female student who lives there and quickly fled. The student was not injured.

The Winston-Salem Police Department informed University officers that thefts also occurred from unlocked cars at the apartment complex around the same time.  The Winston-Salem police are investigating the robbery and other thefts.

Anyone with information that may assist in the Winston-Salem Police Department investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Meanwhile, the University Police Department recommends that students, faculty and staff contact police immediately if they see anything suspicious.  On-campus incidents should be reported to the University Police Department at 336-758-5911.  Off-campus incidents in Winston-Salem should be reported to the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

 

Wake Forest Crime Alert: Off-Campus Robbery

Early Sunday morning, July 3, a Wake Forest University student was robbed in an off-campus apartment at Deacon’s Station, an apartment complex off Polo Road.  The student was not injured.

An investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department is ongoing, with assistance from the Wake Forest University Police Department.

Shortly before 5 a.m., the student contacted the Wake Forest University Police Department to report that she had just been robbed by a man who entered her unlocked apartment, kicked in the locked door of the bathroom where she was located and took a small amount of cash and her cell phone.  She described the robber as a black male with a slender build, wearing a green hoodie. She reported he appeared to have a firearm.  A second male intruder entered the apartment with the robber.

University Police and Winston-Salem Police immediately responded to the call.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

A Message from Vice President Penny Rue

Dear Parents,

As you may know, this weekend a Wake Forest student was shot in an attempted robbery off-campus. The good news is that the student, while still hospitalized, is in stable condition and improving. Our campus community of students, faculty and staff has been kept informed through a series of email updates, including one from President Hatch, which have also been posted to the parents’ page of the Wake Forest website.

Incidents like this are unsettling for everyone. I am writing you today to assure each of you that Wake Forest has no greater priority than the safety of our students. Our leadership team is working closely with law enforcement to prevent similar incidents in the future. Because the shooting took place off-campus, the Winston-Salem Police Department is taking the lead, with support from Wake Forest University Police, in investigating the incident and searching for the suspects. Patrols of the area, both by the WFUPD and the WSPD, have increased on campus and in the surrounding area. Updated descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle have been shared with the media and public at large, as well as our students, faculty and staff.

While this is an unusual incident for our community, the caring response from students, parents, alumni and others within our campus community is very much in the Pro Humanitate spirit. Many have provided much-needed support for our injured student, his family and his friends during a most difficult time.

Unfortunately, this weekend served as a reminder that even places we consider to be safe are not immune to violence. You may wish to talk openly and frankly with your students about ways they can increase their own awareness regarding their safety and the safety of others. Our Wake Ready website offers information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of crime. If you feel it would be helpful, please encourage your students to seek support and counseling services from the Counseling Center (336-758-5273) or the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210).

Sincerely,

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life

WSPD Update on Off-Campus Shooting

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued additional descriptions of the vehicle and suspects involved in the Saturday morning robbery and shooting of a Wake Forest University student:

The suspect vehicle has been described as a black colored, full size, sport utility vehicle equipped with chrome trim. The vehicle is believed to be a 2009 or newer model.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium complexion, 17 to 19 years of age, approximately five feet six inches in height. Suspect #1 has small braids or twists in his hair, which are approximately one-inch in length. At the time this incident occurred, Suspect #1 was wearing a flat bill cap and armed with a firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, with a thin build and very short hair. Suspect #2 was described as wearing a chin strap style beard.

Suspect #3 was described only as a black male and was reportedly the driver of the sport utility vehicle.

The area in which this crime occurred is a residential community. Authorities are optimistic that other residents may have observed the suspect vehicle in the area near the time this incident occurred or that someone will recognize the suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773- 7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727- 2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Update on Off-Campus Shooting

Early Saturday morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Community of Support

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students-

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus.  A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community.  I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family.  They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Sincerely,

President Nathan O. Hatch

Update to Off-Campus Shooting

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 11, a motorist called Winston-Salem Police with reports of a person lying in the road at the intersection of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive. Winston-Salem Police responded quickly and brought in Wake Forest University Police to assist.

Police found a Wake Forest student with a gunshot wound in the chest. The earlier crime alert email mistakenly identified the victim as a former Wake Forest student.

The student is in stable condition.

Police currently believe the student was shot during a robbery, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Both agencies are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Crime Alert

Early this morning, June 11, a former Wake Forest student was shot off-campus near the corner of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive, east of University Parkway. The Winston-Salem Police Department responded and is leading the investigation.

The student is currently being cared for at a local hospital.

No additional details are known at this time. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Services for Professor Richard Heard

Services for Professor of Music Richard Heard will take place Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church on Brownsboro Road.  The University announced earlier this week that Professor Heard died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Russell Funeral Home on Carl Russell Avenue.

An obituary appeared May 13 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Temporary Closing on Tuesday May 17 of University Parkway Entrance

The University Parkway entrance to Wake Forest will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 21, due to a City of Winston-Salem water main project at that location.

The Reynolda Road and Polo Road campus entrances will operate, as usual.  The Reynolda Road entrance will be open at all times, with the gatehouse staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. The Polo Road entrance will be open, except from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly when the gate there is closed.

The temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance will not affect nearby parking lots.  Parking spaces along Wake Forest Road, in front of Worrell Professional Center, will remain open.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations