Suspects from trail assault remain unapprehended
October 8, 2019
Late last night, Oct.7, the University Police Department released a Code Blue that read, “On Oct. 7, 2019 at approximately 10:44 p.m. on the Hike and Bike Trail near Laguna/Marina Hall a male subject was approached from behind, hit over the head with an unknown object and robbed of his property.”
According to Director of Communications Luisa Buttler, the victim was an 18-year-old male who is a student and resident on campus.
The suspects are two unknown Hispanic males and are still at large. UPD is currently investigating the crime, however, they will not be implementing any increased security or patrols around campus.
“Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings,” said UPD in the Code Blue. “If possible avoid walking alone, try to walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas.”
They have also asked students to report any suspicious activity or persons.
This isn’t the first time this has occurred, and some students are wondering what safety measures can be taken.
“I had a similar experience a couple years ago,” said Alexandra Reed, sophomore psychology major. “It was late at night, too, and they came up behind me and everything. … It always happens around the bike trail. Think of more logical ways to keep people protected at night, too. Security, I think, should up their game more.”
For other students, this incident is less concerning.
“I do (feel safe on campus),” said Jaykob Heidtbrink, freshman psychology Major, “Like I said, it’s not really a very often occurrence, so I don’t feel like I’m very at risk at any time.”
If you would like to report anything to the University Police Department, their non-emergency number is (361) 825-4444.
Stay tuned with Island Waves as this story progresses.