Madeline Baum ’14
On Saturday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 31 two crimes occurred at Trinfo Café and along the upper Long Walk respectively. The victims handled both events appropriately, which is helping Campus Safety to catch the suspects and prevent attacks in the future.
The first crime occurred when a student called Campus Safety at 1 p.m. from Trifo Café regarding his laptop that had been stolen in April 2011 from the same location. Back in April, the student had reported his stolen laptop to Campus Safety and Hartford Police. Campus Safety and Hartford Police responded to the complaint, and were directed to a male identified as Rowmaine Charles. The laptop that was in Charles’ possession was the same laptop stolen in April. After this discovery, Charles was placed under arrest for Larceny by Possession and for Criminal Trespass 1st degree.
Charles is also responsible for other thefts on the Trinity campus. On July 22, 2009, after Campus Safety reviewed the surveillance camera system by the Help Desk, Charles was identified as the theft of a laptop from the Library. On that same day, Charles was arrested for Criminal Trespass in the 1st degree and for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (knife). After an investigation on the stolen laptop, Hartford Police arrested Charles later in 2009.
Charles has been barred from all Trinity College property, and was alerted that he would be placed under arrest if he was ever caught on the Campus.
Campus Safety encourages quick responses by students, which was exemplified by the alert student in Trinfo Café who made a timely call to Campus Safety. Students are also encouraged to be careful of possessions, and to take precautions such as locking up laptops if they have to leave them unattended.
The second crime occurred on Monday, Oct. 31 on the Upper Long Walk, near the Northam arch. At approximately 9:45 p.m., three male suspects approached a male student. One of the suspects produced a handgun, and the student cooperated and was robbed of his laptop computer and his wallet, and remained unharmed.
The three suspects ran out of the College through the Jarvis arch and out of view. They were described as Latino males, high school age, two wearing red hooded sweatshirts and the third wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.
Campus Safety and Hartford Police are investigating the incident, and are being aided by security cameras, as the suspects were caught on footage. Campus Safety is taking some precautionary measures to make the campus safer, such as hiring extra Campus Safety Officers to work on the interior of the Campus. And for the week following the event, Campus Safety hired Hartford Police to provide a police presence on the Campus.
Associate Director of Campus Safety Christopher Lyons is working with Hartford Police to “have plainclothes officers and street crime units to provide extra attention to the campus and it is hoped that the individuals who committed the Monday [Oct. 31] robbery will be identified and arrested.”
Campus Safety encourages students to always be cautious at night, and to take precautions such as using the on-campus shuttles, and walking in groups whenever possible.