UHPD increases patrols
after three on-campus robberies
By Ken Fountain
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH Police Department has stepped up
patrols of "high-targeted areas" on campus in response to three armed robberies
that occurred within
three days last week, the department's
investigations chief said.
The three incidents were "crimes of opportunity,"
and do not necessarily indicate a particular pattern of increased crime
on campus, Lt. Roger
There are no solid leads yet in any of
the ongoing investigations of the three incidents, he said.
On Nov. 5 at about 11:46 p.m., university
studies freshman Brandon Butler was leaving Cullen Oaks after studying
with friends. Shortly after getting
into his car, which was parked about 20
yards from the main Cullen Oaks entrance, a black man opened the unlocked
driver's side door to Butler's
car and pointed a semi-automatic pistol
Reached by phone Monday night, Butler said
his assailant told him "he had been scoping me out for a while. He knew
there weren't any cops
The man, described as being in his 20s,
5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds, ordered
Butler out of the car and sped off in it
down Cullen Boulevard toward North MacGregor
Butler was uninjured. He said the car was
later found stripped in Richmond.
Butler said he thought there should be
increased police patrols of the main residential parking lots at the Quadrangle,
Moody Towers and Cullen
"They say they have cops patrolling, but
I think they should have cops parked in the parking lot at night so it
won't be so easy to rob someone," he
At around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, a 21-year
old female student was approached by two black males, both armed with semi-automatic
pistols, as she
was entering her car in Lot 16D. One of
the men demanded that she turn over her purse and car. She gave them the
money in her purse, and
offered to give them another $200 with
her automatic teller machine card if they would allow her to keep her car.
She drove the suspects to an ATM located
at the corner of Scott Street and Elgin Boulevard. After withdrawing the
money, she ordered the
suspects out of the car once she had driven
onto Scott Street. She last saw them walking eastbound on Rosalie Street.
The first suspect is described as about
20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. The second suspect is
described as 16 to 18 years old,
about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 to 170
pounds, wearing an "afro" hairstyle.
In the third incident, three students who
were sitting in the breezeway under Horizons Cafe at Moody Towers at around
9 p.m. Thursday were
approached by two black men.
One of the students, computer science freshman
Sean Fontenot, said one of the men pulled out a semi-automatic pistol while
the other man stood
off to the side.
"We didn't have any money. They took our
wallets and looked through them, and then they threw them back at us and
ran off disappointed," he
Another of the students, physics freshman
Eric Carlin, said that after learning the students didn't have any money,
the assailants asked if they had
cars. When the students said they did
not, "they kind of stood there looking stupid, then ran off."
UHPD is seeking six to 10 new student recruits
for Cougar Patrol to perform "non-policing functions," such as clerical
work, to help free up UHPD
officers for patrolling, Byars said. He
said the department will try to work around students' schedules for the
part-time paid positions, but they are
actively seeking people who can work during
Anyone with information or questions about
any crimes on campus should call (713) 743-0600.