Timely Warning

Timely Warnings

Dear Student, Faculty & Staff,

NOTE: Under the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998, any college or university participating in federal financial aid programs is required to send out timely warnings to inform the campus community of a crime or potential crime that constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students, staff and faculty at SF State.  Starting this academic year, all timely warnings will be distributed via email to maximize access to info that may assist individuals with taking affirmative actions to preserve their safety and welfare.

Note: This message is being provided so that members of the SF State community can make informed decisions regarding their personal safety and/or assist in apprehending an at-large suspect.  As such, it may contain information of a graphic nature that could trigger emotional responses, in particular for victims/survivors of sexual assault/sexual violence.  If you are a student and need emotional support, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services by calling (415) 338-2208 or visiting Student Services Building 208 on Monday-Thursday from 8:00am - 7:00pm and Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Crisis support services can be reached by all SF State community members by calling the San Francisco Trauma Recovery/Rape Treatment Center at (415) 437-3000.

Armed Robbery Reported (02-11-2017)

On Friday, February 11, 2017, at 10:53 pm, an SF State student reported that while entering the south stairwell at 750 Font Boulevard, Centennial Village Building C, he was robbed by two unknown suspects, using a handgun. The suspects were described by the victim as being a White male and a Hispanic-looking male. Both assailants were reported to be between 25-30 years old, 5’8”-5’10” tall, wearing blue jeans and long-sleeve shirts. The victim observed that both suspects had medium-length curly hair, with the Hispanic-looking male having slightly longer hair. The White male wore a yellow-colored hat. A gun was seen in the other suspect’s waistband and described as being a black semi-automatic weapon. There was no further description on the suspects. The victim did not sustain any injuries and the loss was a backpack containing textbooks and an Apple iPhone 7. Prior to the officer’s arrival, both suspects had fled the scene in an unknown direction. The University Police Department conducted a thorough search of the buildings and nearby campus area with negative results.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

Indecent Exposure Reported (01-27-2017)

On Friday, January 27, 2017, at 7:29 PM, an SF State student reported that while he was studying on the second floor of the Humanities Building, he became aware of an unknown male. The student stated the suspect was not wearing any pants and began masturbating while standing in the doorway to the room where the student was studying. The suspect did not talk to the student and ran away after the student told him he was going to contact the police department.

The suspect was last seen in the area of the Humanities Building and Creative Arts Building. He was described by the student as an approximately 6 feet tall, 24-28 years old, Black male, wearing dark clothing; the student stated the suspect also appeared to have short dreads. The University Police Department conducted a thorough search of the buildings and nearby campus area with negative results in locating the suspect.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

Possible Sexual Assault Suspect (12-15-2016)

On 12-16-2016, at approximately 4:30 PM, UPD responded to a call regarding a possible sexual assault that occurred in SFSU Housing. According to the victim, on 12-15-2016, at approximately 8:00 PM, the victim stated that she met the suspect at the Designated Smoking Area (DSA) just outside 750 Font Boulevard. The victim said she invited the suspect to her room where they both consumed alcohol. According to the victim, she blacked out after consuming a small amount of alcohol and said she believes she was sexually assaulted while the suspect was in her room.

The victim described the suspect as the following:

  • White male adult possibly named “Charles” or “Charlie”.
  • Approximately 23 years of age.
  • Approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build.
  • Blond hair and blue or green eyes with scruffy facial hair.
  • Wearing a black jacket, grey jeans and grey Converse tennis shoes.
  • May be driving a light grey or white Toyota Prius.

 
SFSU PD Case #16-1067

If anyone has any information related to this case, please contact Detective Sergeant Dave Rodriguez at the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-3006, or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

Strong Armed Robbery Reported (11-01-2016)

Today at 12:09 PM, an SF State student came to the University Police Department to report that he was the victim of an on-campus strong-armed robbery. The victim reported that the incident occurred last night (10-31-2016), at approximately 11:50 PM.

The victim said that while he was walking on campus in between the Administration and Business buildings, he noticed three (3) unknown male suspects who were in the area.  As the victim walked past the suspects, one of the suspects grabbed the victim from behind and put him in a headlock. The suspect verbally threatened the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim gave the suspect his wallet and all three suspects fled on foot towards Holloway Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard.

The victim did not sustain any injuries during the incident.  

The victim provided the following description of the suspects:

  • Suspect #1 – possible Black male adult, 6’0” tall, 170 pounds, with no facial hair, wearing a tie dye bandana, blue circular 60's style sunglasses, a black and white paisley shirt, brown corduroy pants, and white Nike “Roshe” tennis shoes. 
  • Suspect #2 – possible Black male adult, 6’0” tall, 180 pounds, 23-25 years old, wearing a half-face skeleton mask, black Levis 501 hat (with white lettering), a gray long-sleeve hoodie, and baggy blue jeans. 
  • Suspect #3 - unknown race male, 5'10” tall, 190 pounds, wearing a pull-over clown mask (with bloody teeth, red nose, green and black circles around the eyes, with orange and red hair), a red and black long-sleeve flannel shirt, and black jeans.   

Please note that race- and/or ethnicity-related identifiers are included to assist with identification and apprehension of the suspects.

If anyone has information on this incident, please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030. 

In response to this incident and last Friday’s, UPD is providing even greater uniformed visibility and presence on campus during later hours. Plainclothes surveillance is also being deployed. At present, the two incidents are not believed to be related. Safety-tip flyers are being distributed by Community Service Specialists (CSS), who are also serving as extra eyes and ears for UPD.  Members of the SF State community are encouraged to remain alert and observant. Please report any suspicious or concerning activity to UPD immediately.

As a reminder, the UPD encourages students, staff and faculty to utilize the CARE (Campus Alliance for a Risk-Free Environment) free escort program as part of a personal safety management plan.  Call (415) 338-7200 to arrange for an escort.  CARE team members are trained and supervised by the UPD. They are available from 4:30-11:30pm M-F.  UPD officers are available when CARE members are not on duty.

Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage.  Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 (non-emergency) or visit our website at http://upd.sfsu.edu/ for additional information.

Armed Robbery Reported (10-28-2016)

On Friday, October 28th at 1:50 AM, a male victim contacted the University Police Department to report an armed robbery incident that had occurred at Mary Park Hall.

At approximately 1:45 AM on October 28th, three unknown males gained entry to the first floor of Mary Park Hall via the exit doors located at Lake Merced Boulevard and South State Drive.  An SF State student who opened the door for friends to enter was pulled outside by three males and robbed of his iPhone 6 at gunpoint. The student stated all three males ran from Mary Park Hall towards Winston Drive and fled in a four-door gray sedan. 

The victim did not sustain any injuries during the incident.

The first suspect is a male described by the victim as Hispanic-looking, possibly 19-20 years old. He is approximately 5’10” tall and was seen wearing a dark-colored jacket and glasses at the time of the incident. The second suspect is a male described as Hispanic-looking, also possibly 19-20 years old, with a skinny build. He is approximately 5’10” – 6’0" tall and was seen wearing a light gray jacket. There is no description of the third suspect other than that he was Hispanic-looking. 

If anyone has information on these incidents, please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.   

In response to this incident, UPD is increasing patrols in this area of campus.  Members of the SF State community are encouraged to remain alert and observant; please report any suspicious or concerning activity to UPD immediately.

As a reminder, the UPD encourages students, staff and faculty to utilize the CARE (Campus Alliance for a Risk-Free Environment) free escort program as part of a personal safety management plan.  Call (415) 338-7200 to arrange for an escort.  CARE team members are trained and supervised by the UPD. They are available from 4:30-11:30pm M-F.  UPD officers are available when CARE members are not on duty.

Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage.  Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 (non-emergency) or visit our website at http://upd.sfsu.edu/ for additional information.

 

Residential Burglary Series - Additional Incidents Reported (09-21-2016)

The SF State University Police Department has received four additional reports of residential burglaries taking place in the University Park South residential area between September 20, 2016, and September 21, 2016.

These four incidents have occurred in the 1500 block of Holloway Avenue, 1700 block of Holloway Avenue, 600 block of Font Boulevard, and the unit block of Pinto Avenue. 

In response, the UPD has increased patrols and surveillance presence in the area of our residential communities, in particular during the hours when most reported burglaries have occurred.

In all of the burglaries, the victims were asleep in their residences when the suspects committed the burglaries. Officers have not been able to determine how the suspects gained entry for the burglaries. 

The suspects took laptop computers and other personal property in the burglaries.  No one was injured during these property crimes. There is no information on the suspects at this time.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030. 

The remainder of this email provides general information about preventing and reporting burglary and is not necessarily related to these incidents:

  • Ensure all doors and accessible windows (especially those on the ground floor) are fully closed and locked, including when you are at home. 
  • Remain observant and vigilant when moving around campus at all times. If you see someone acting suspiciously, call the SF State University Police Department immediately at 415-338-2222 or 9-1-1 (emergencies).
  • Avoid displaying and/or placing high value items close to windows. Items such as computers, cellular phones, wallets, and purses can be easily grabbed from open windows and also may be incentives for criminals to try and enter the residence.
  • Be alert and aware. Pay attention to who is around when you leave and return to your residence. If returning at night, leave a light on as a visual deterrent.
  • If you discover someone in your residence: If possible, leave immediately and go to a safe area (i.e. a neighbor or someplace public). Contact the police as soon as possible. If unable to leave your residence, secure yourself in a safe location, turn on all available lights, and contact the police immediately. 

Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage.  Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 (non-emergency) or visit our website at http://upd.sfsu.edu/ for additional information.

 

Residential Burglary Series Reported (09-19-2016)

The SF State University Police Department has an on-going investigation into five residential burglary incidents that have occurred in the University Park South residential area between September 2, 2016, and September 16, 2016.

The incidents have occurred in the 1700 block of Holloway Avenue, 500 block of Holloway Avenue, 100 block of Serrano Drive, and the unit block of Cardenas drive. 

In three of the burglaries, the suspects used force to gain entry by breaking windows or doors. There were no signs of forced entry for the other two burglaries. 

The suspects took laptop computers and other personal property in the burglaries.  No one was injured during these property crimes. 

There is no information on the suspects at this time.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030. 

The remainder of this email provides general information about preventing and reporting burglary and is not necessarily related to these incidents:

  • Ensure all doors and accessible windows (especially those on the ground floor) are fully closed and locked. 
  • Remain observant when moving around campus at all times. If you see someone acting suspiciously, call the SF State University Police Department immediately at 415-338-2222 or 9-1-1 (emergencies).
  • Avoid displaying and/or placing high value items close to windows. Items such as computers, cellular phones, wallets, and purses can be easily grabbed from open windows and also may be incentives for criminals to try and enter the residence.
  • Be alert and aware. Pay attention to who is around when you leave and return to your residence. If returning at night, leave a light on as a visual deterrent.
  • If you discover someone in your residence: If possible, leave immediately and go to a safe area (i.e. a neighbor or someplace public). Contact the police as soon as possible. If unable to leave your residence, secure yourself in a safe location, turn on all available lights, and contact the police immediately. 

Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage.  Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 (non-emergency) or visit our website at http://upd.sfsu.edu/ for additional information.

 

SHOOTING (NEAR CAMPUS) REPORTED 6-18-2016

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, at approximately 12:20 am, a shooting occurred in the area of Lake Merced Blvd. and Higuera Ave. Officers from the San Francisco Police Department responded to the scene and found a male victim on the sidewalk. The victim was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

At this time, there are no further details and the suspect remains at large.

SF State University Police Department has greatly increased its security presence on campus. Officers are posted in the residential community and at the Library conducting extra patrols. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to take extra care and precaution when moving about campus.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED (03-11-2016)

On Friday, March 11, 2016, an on-campus sexual assault was reported to the University Police Department.

The victim indicated that on March 11, 2016 at 1:00 am, she was sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance in a restroom located at the campus tennis courts next to the Maloney baseball field.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic-looking male, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, stocky build, with dark colored hair, and unknown clothing.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

INDECENT EXPOSURE REPORTED (03-07-2016)

On Monday, March 7, 2016, a male victim contacted the University Police Department to report an indecent exposure incident that occurred as he was taking a shower in the men's locker room in the Gymnasium.

The victim indicated that on March 7, 2016, at 6:25 PM he was taking a shower in the Men's Locker room when he noticed an unknown male suspect approach him from behind. The victim turned around and saw that the suspect had his pants pulled down and was masturbating. The victim yelled at the suspect who fled the area in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a Hispanic-looking male, approximately 18 years old, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and 150 pounds, with dark curly hair.

The suspect was wearing a black sweat shirt with white lettering, black pants and shoes.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

INDECENT EXPOSURE REPORTED (12-12-2015)

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report an indecent exposure incident that occurred this evening in a University Park South laundry room on the 500 block of Font Blvd.

The victim indicated that at 8:30pm she entered the laundry room to retrieve her laundry and saw the subject facing away from her. The victim asked the subject a question about her laundry, and saw when he turned to face her that he was masturbating.

The suspect then exposed his genitals to the victim, who immediately left the area. The victim said that the suspect was still in the laundry room when she left.

The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, about 21 years old, approximately 5'9" tall, with brown shaggy hair, light facial hair and a medium build. The subject was wearing a dark blue beanie, a baggy dark blue sweatshirt with white writing, and blue jeans.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

ROBBERY REPORTED (12-12-2015)

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report a robbery that had occurred on campus. The victim indicated that on December 12, 2015, at 6:05am she was walking on the sidewalk of Holloway Avenue near the entrance of the Creative Arts building, when she was approached by three unknown male suspects.

One of the suspects punched the victim in the face and stole her cell phone and purse. The victim sustained a laceration on her face.

The suspects ran to a waiting vehicle, described as older, dark brown of unknown model that was stopped on Holloway Avenue, and fled eastbound towards 19th Avenue.

The suspect who robbed the victim was described by her as a Hispanic male, with light complexion, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150-160 pounds, wearing a dark colored hooded zip-up sweat-shirt, jeans, and black athletic shoes. There was no further description of the suspects or vehicle.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

INDECENT EXPOSURE REPORTED (11-19-2015)

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report an indecent exposure incident that had occurred on campus in the area of University Park South.

The victim indicated that on November 19, 2015, at 9:55am she was walking through the courtyard of the University Park South townhouses in the 1700 block of Holloway Avenue, when she noticed an unknown male suspect walking ahead of her towards the courtyard. When the victim entered the carport behind the suspect, he turned around, faced her, and exposed himself.

The suspect left the carport and was last seen walking in the direction of the courtyard.

The suspect was described by the victim as a Hispanic male, with brown complexion, 5 feet 6 inches tall, medium build, with shaggy ear-length hair, wearing a black pull-over hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the front, and black sweat pants.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

 

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED (11-01-2015)

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 1:22am a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report an armed robbery incident that had occurred near the designated smoking area (DSA) and Mary Ward Hall.

The victim reported that on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 1:07am she and a friend were walking on the sidewalk near the DSA when she encountered (3) unknown female suspects. The suspects had been standing next to two vehicles parked by the DSA and walked over to the victim. The victim and suspects had a brief exchange of words and the suspects began to yell at the victim.

One of the suspects used a mini baseball bat to hit the victim several times. The victim dropped her belongings to the ground, during the assault. The other suspect grabbed the victim’s belongings and fled back to the parked vehicles with the other suspects. The suspects fled the scene in the two vehicles in an unknown direction.

The victim sustained facial bruising and several abrasions, as a result of the incident.

The first suspect is described as approximately 18-20 years old, light complexioned, straight shoulder-length dark colored hair, with two lip studs in her lower lip. She was wearing an orange Giants logo shirt with dark pants and black high-heeled shoes.

The second suspect had curly, "afro" style hair that was shoulder length with gold colored bamboo rectangular ear rings.

There is no description of the third suspect.

The suspect vehicles were described as a white older model 4-door sedan and a black 4-door vehicle.

 

SEXUAL BATTERY (10-01-2015)

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report a sexual battery incident that had occurred on campus.

The victim reported that on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 7:00pm she was walking on the campus pathway between Burk Hall and the Gymnasium when she was approached by an unknown male suspect who started a conversation with the victim. 

The victim walked into the lobby of Burk Hall and the suspect followed continuing to talk to her. The suspect grabbed the victim above her hips, lifted her up, and pressed his face against her stomach and breasts while he lowered her to the ground. The suspect then sat the victim on a bench in the lobby, held onto her hand, and kissed her on her face several times. The victim pulled away from the suspect and walked to the Muni platform. The suspect followed behind the victim until she was able to board a bus and leave campus.  The victim did not sustain injuries as a result of this incident.
  
The male suspect is described as approximately 20-23 years old, 6 feet tall, slender build, light complexioned, brown eyes, with brown hair.  The suspect was wearing a dark green “hoodie” style sweat shirt. 

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact:  San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.

We emphasize that no victim is ever responsible for being assaulted. The only individual with the agency to prevent violence is the potential offender. To prevent sexual assault/violence, please keep these in mind:

  • Unless you have affirmative and enthusiastic consent from your partner, do not engage in sexual activity or contact.
  • If you partner is incapacitated, asleep, unconscious or otherwise not in a position to give consent freely and without fear for their safety or of retaliation, then you do not have consent.
  • The individual initiating sexual activity or contact bears the greater responsibility to solicit consent and ensure that a communication about consent has taken place.
  • Failure to say “no” or lack of protest or resistance does not constitute consent.
  • If you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, your ability to assess whether your partners has given consent is greatly diminished; as such, initiating sexual activity while you are intoxicated or high is discouraged.
  • Consent given in the past does not constitute a blanket consent for any or all sexual activity or contact going forward.

 


Members of the campus community who are concerned about their safety may adopt risk-reduction measures, keeping in mind that these measures may not prevent violence; further, failure to follow these guidelines *does not* mean at all that violence against you is justified or warranted:

  • Be aware and mindful of your surroundings at all times; pay attention to people and activities around you.
  • Recognize that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger or threats.
  • Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation, leave and get to a safe place right away.  Keep in mind that college students are most likely to be victimized by an individual known to them!
  • Consider using an app to help maintain communications with friends, family, colleagues and others.  The Circle of 6 app has been endorsed by The White House as one such tool to help promote safety.

The UPD encourages students, staff and faculty to utilize the CARE (Campus Alliance for a Risk-Free Environment) free escort program as part of a personal safety management plan.  Call (415) 338-7200 to arrange for an escort.  CARE team members are trained and supervised by the UPD. They are available from 4:30-11:30pm M-F.  UPD officers are available when CARE members are not on duty. 

Information about SF State’s commitment to a campus free of gender-based violence and our response when incidents of sexual assault/violence are reported can be found on the Title IX webpage.  Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage.  Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 or visit our website at http://upd.sfsu.edu/ for additional information.