Incident Journal: Students fall victim to fraud, elevators stall

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to the Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

A student reported their concerns that another student had been making them feel uncomfortable.  

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Wednesday, Aug. 28

A student reported being harassed by a homeless person while walking to work.  

A student reported that a person called her saying they were an employee of Bank of America, attempting to get the student to give them money.  The student realized the call was fraudulent and did not give the person any information.

An Office of Housing and Residence Life staff person turned over a confiscated bag of marijuana that was found inside a student suite.

Thursday, Aug. 29

A staff member reported receiving a harassing telephone message left on their office telephone.  

An individual with no college affiliation attempted to by-pass security and gain access to the college. Emerson College Police Department was notified and issued the individual a no trespassing order for them to stay away from campus.

ECPD will watch for a certain vehicle after a student reported seeing it circling campus for several days.

ECPD and Facilities Management notified The Boston Fire Department after it was discovered that 17 students overcrowded an elevator, causing it to stop between floors. BFD freed the students without incident or injury.

A student reported being approached by two people who made her feel uncomfortable asking to use their cell phone near the CVS on Washington Street.

A student walking from the Paramount Center was a victim of an assault and battery after an unknown person sprayed something on her as they walked by. The student was not injured.

Saturday, Aug. 31

A student reported being verbally harassed by a supporter of the “Straight Pride Parade,” which occurred earlier in the day.

Sunday, Sept. 1

OHRL staff turned over confiscated marijuana they found inside a student suite in Little Building.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

ECPD assisted security with a disruptive person in 2 Boylston Place. The person left voluntarily and without incident.

ECPD and BFD investigated a fire alarm in the Little Building and found that it was caused by burnt popcorn. There was no fire or injuries.

ECPD is trying to identify an individual who vandalized two security cameras that were housed in front of the Little Building.

Thursday, Sept. 5

A faculty member reported that they were robbed of headphones while walking to the Boylston Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station. The faculty member was uninjured during the incident.

ECPD questioned an individual who had gained access into the Walker Building posing as a “mover.”  Officers questioned and released the individual.

Friday, Sept. 6

ECPD investigated a report of someone using drugs inside the Boylston Place Alley. The officers did not find the person in question but did find a used hypodermic needle. ECPD removed the needle from the alley and safely disposed of it.

ECPD and BFD investigated a fire alarm in Little Building caused by burnt food on an oven inside a common area. There was no fire or injuries to report. 

Sunday, Sept. 8

A student reported leaving their cell phone inside an Uber the previous evening. 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

A student reported having personal property stolen from their locker while inside the Fitness Center.

A student reported being a victim of fraud by transferring money to what they thought was a government authority.

Two people were trapped inside an elevator in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. ECPD and facilities freed them without injury.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Two staff members were trapped inside an elevator before an officer was able to open the elevator door.  The elevator was taken out of service until it could be inspected.

An officer on patrol witnessed a two-car accident without personal injury that occurred in front of 180 Tremont Street. The officer assisted the drivers in exchanging proper paperwork.

Friday, Sept. 13

A student reported being a victim of telephone fraud in which they gave money to what they thought was the police.

Saturday, Sept. 14

A student reported having a personal item stolen after it was left unattended inside a common room.

A student reported having clothing items stolen which she had left unattended inside a laundry room.

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