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Columbus State University Police Department

Crime Alert

An armed robbery occurred at 2724 Warm Springs Road. CPD advised suspect was last seen running toward CSU main campus. Suspect description is a black male, approximately 6' tall, slim build, black pants and a white shirt. Anyone seen with this description please call CSU Police at 706-507-8911.

Around 9:10 this morning the Columbus State University Police Department received notification from the Columbus Police Department that an armed robbery had been reported at a private business near the Riverpark Campus. The suspect is reported to have robbed the business with a handgun and fled on foot. The suspect was last seen in the vicinity of 11th Street and Front Avenue. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a ball cap, gray cargo pants, and a gray or black shirt. He has a goatee, is described as being of slim build, is estimated to be between 5'7" and 5'9" tall, and is believed to be between 20 and 30 years of age. The suspect is reported to be carrying a black mesh bag and is armed with a silver handgun.

Campus community members are encouraged to be observant of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. Do not attempt to contact or detain the suspect. If you observe anyone fitting this description, please use caution and notify 911 immediately.

This afternoon the Columbus State University Police Department received a report from a student regarding an aggravated assault that happened about 4 a.m. on Sunday, May 15.

The report says an unknown male entered an apartment in the vicinity of Maryland Circle and threatened the residents with a handgun. We were told the suspect was looking for another individual, who is a non-student, and does not reside on campus. When told this person was not there, the suspect left.

The student reporting the incident was not injured and nothing was been reported stolen from the apartment. CSU Police is continuing the investigation to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. No detailed description of the suspect is able to be provided at this time. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call CSU Police at (706) 507-8911.

As we enter the summer semester, it remains important for campus community members to be aware of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities.

Students, faculty and staff may find the following safety tips to be beneficial:

  • Always secure and lock the windows/doors to your residence and vehicle.
  • Use deadbolts on exterior doors if they are equipped with them.
  • Call (706) 507-8911 or 911 if you see anyone or anything that looks suspicious or out of place on campus and in housing facilities.
  • Pre-program emergency numbers on your phone to allow for quick notification in an emergency.

Over the past 48 hours, CSU Police has received an increase in theft reports involving vehicles on CSU’s main campus. On Monday (2/1/16), two cases were reported where the suspects apparently targeted vehicles with items of value (including change and a wallet) that were left in plain sight. This happened in the lot next to University Avenue by the Intramural Field.

Yesterday (2/2/16), a vehicle was reported stolen from parking lot 3 (below Richards Hall) on main campus. The vehicle was later recovered in Phenix City, Alabama.

CSU Police is investigating all of these incidents and provides the following tips for ensuring the safety of persons and property on campus:

  • Report any suspicious persons or activity immediately to CSU Police at (706) 507-8911.
  • Lock and secure all vehicle doors and windows.
  • Remove any items of value inside your vehicle from view (place items in the trunk, in a storage compartment, or take them with you).
  • Always park in visible, well-lit areas.
  • Don't leave spare keys in your vehicle.
  • Be sure to secure your vehicle and your property, even if you'll only be gone for a minute.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to call the CSU Police Criminal Investigations Unit at (706) 507-8911

Crime Alert Update: Columbus Police have arrested the fourth suspect in the murder of Troy Saunders. Trevon Brown, a non-student, turned himself in on Wednesday, January 28.

CSU Police were notified at 1:15 am by Columbus Police that they were working a robbery and homicide investigation at two businesses adjacent to the main campus. It appears the suspects have left the area and there is no additional identifying information at this time. It appears by officers on the scene that none of the parties involved are related to the university, however police are asking anyone near the area of Warm Springs Road and East Lindsey Drive to stay inside until further information becomes available via Columbus State University's social media channels.

If you see anything suspicious please call CSU Police at 706-507-8911 or Columbus Police at 911.

Crime Alert Update: On 12/27/13 Jabryson Monterio Burton, a non-student, was arrested on outstanding warrants from the CSU Police Department in connection with this armed robbery investigation.

12/24/2013 - Columbus State University Police are seeking a man suspected of an armed robbery at the Courtyard II student apartment complex late Monday night. Police have also arrested a suspected accomplice. Neither are Columbus State University students.

Jabryson Monterio Burton, 21, of 4407 Rosemont Dr. in Columbus is being sought on charges of armed robbery, possession of firearm in commission of crime, and possession of firearm in a school safety zone.

Already in custody is the female who is suspected of accompanying the robber during the incident shortly before midnight: Kathrina Marie Campbell of 127 Brookhaven Court in Ellerslie. She has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

University police are still investigating the case, including how the pair gained entry to the student apartment complex, which is gated. According to witnesses, a black male wearing khakis and a gray jacket and driving red Ford F150 pickup truck was in the complex with a black female wearing a stocking cap, black jacket and dark sweat pants. A Columbus State University was apparently the victim and said that one point during the confrontation, a gunshot was fired into the air.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Jabryson Monterio Burton, or any other information related to this case, is asked to call University Police at 706-507-8911.

Crime Alert Update: On 12/23/13 the Columbus Police Department arrested Marquis Tirese Shaw, a non-student, in connection with this homicide investigation.

12/22/2013 - Even though most of you are off campus during this holiday break, regulations require us to notify you that Columbus Police are investigating a shooting death that occurred near the intersection of Front Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Columbus early Sunday.

While Columbus State University officers were the first to respond to the report of gunshots, neither the victim, nor any other individuals questioned by police at the scene are students at Columbus State University.

University Police officers responded to the gunshots in a parking garage at 2:20 a.m. Columbus Police Department and EMS were immediately notified and responded.

Witnesses said a four-door white older model Ford Crown Victoria was seen leaving the parking lot at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Columbus Police at 706-653-3231.

As always, if you see anything suspicious on campus or in the area, call University Police at 706-507-8911.

To the Columbus State University Community,

Recently the neighborhoods surrounding CSU's Main Campus have seen an increase in residential burglaries. While these burglaries have not affected the campus directly, we have received several reports of thefts from unsecured vehicles on campus. Both CSU Police and local law enforcement agencies are remaining vigilant with patrols in the area in efforts to deter criminal activity. As we approach the Labor Day weekend, please take care to protect yourself and your property.

Remember to secure doors and windows on both your residence and your vehicle. This includes locking doors, rolling up or locking windows, and securing the deadbolt.

  • Keep valuables secured and out of sight as most burglaries are crimes of opportunity.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police.
  • Don't advertise that you are going on a trip or vacation (i.e. social media, etc.).
  • Don't leave property unattended, even if you will only be away for a minute.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

CSU Police can be reached 24/7 at (706) 507-8911. Stay safe over the holiday.

--CSU Police Department