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Volume 71, Issue 48, Thursday, November 3, 2005

News

UHPD: be alert on campus

Recent assaults lead to security increase

By Rachael Seely
Senior Staff Writer

A recent surge of assaults prompted the UH Police Department to increase nighttime security and ask everyone to call them about any suspicious activity.

"The community is our extra eyes and ears," UHPD Capt. Brad Wigtil said.

The most recent assault occurred at 12:10 a.m. Monday in the Cullen Family Plaza when four unidentified black males approached a student.

One suspect punched the student in the back of his head and another tripped him as he tried to get away. They then kicked him until he escaped. Nothing was stolen.

On Thursday, three black males surrounded a student and asked him for money. The student cooperated and no physical harm occurred.

A third student was assaulted Oct. 21 by between eight and 10 black males in their early 20s on the 4300 block of Cullen Boulevard. Nothing was taken.

No one has been arrested in these cases and UHPD thinks they may be related.

Wigtil encourages students to familiarize themselves with call box locations and suggested students walk to their cars with groups after dark or request a police escort.

"Use the good old buddy system; it's very effective," Wigtil said.

Anyone with information about the cases should call (713) 743-3333.

Send comments to dcnews@mail.uh.edu

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