The Blue & Gray Press

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Police Beat

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Jan. 4- At 11:48 a.m., campus police responded to an accident involving a UMW pickup truck and a U.S. Postal Service vehicle at William St. and Blue and Grey Pkwy. On scene, officers determined that the postal employee was responsible for damages done to the right side of the UMW truck.

Jan. 8- At 7:02 p.m., a UMW employee reported finding his red 2002 Ford’s windshield shattered by a manhole cover in the Jepson Hall parking lot. The vehicle sustained $900 damage.

Jan. 14- At 9:45 a.m., an 18-year-old female Marshall Hall resident informed campus police that her ex-boyfriend, a fellow Marshall Hall resident, had been sending her threatening text messages.

Jan. 15- At 6:02 p.m., campus police and Fredericksburg fire and rescue personnel responded to Seacobeck cafeteria, where a Sodexho employee had triggered the fire alarm when reaching for the light switch.

Jan. 23-At 1:27 a.m., campus police responded to Mason Hall where an 18-year-old female resident in emotional distress was scratching herself repeatedly. The student received ambulance transport to Mary Washington Hospital.

Jan. 23- At 2:50 p.m. a University van sustained over $1000 in damages on the upper level of the parking garage when the driver was forced to swerve into the deck wall to avoid striking an incoming vehicle.

Jan. 25- At 4:32 a.m., a campus police officer injured himself while responding to a request for help in Mason Hall.  The officer sliced the index finger on his left hand open on a broken door knob when he tried to rescue four residents from a fourth-floor study room.  The officer freed the trapped students and returned to the station where he attended to the wound.

Jan. 27, at 2:05 a.m. a campus police officer on patrol in the Sunken parking lot responded to a Fredericksburg police officer’s response for back-up on Sunken Rd.  Officer Kauffman reported hearing a screeching and crashing sound nearby followed by a radio request for support.  Kauffman exited the Sunken lot and discovered the female officer alone with her gun drawn on a suspect who was standing near the university’s fence. Kauffman drew his weapon on the man, enabling the other officer to pursue a suspect who had fled from the scene of a car crash on foot.  Fredericksburg police officers arrived on scene and arrested the first suspect. Kauffman joined in an unsuccessful two-hour search for the missing suspect, who was described as armed and dangerous.

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