Incident Journal: Suspicious person reported in Little Building, fire alarm set off at Boston Park Plaza Hotel


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An ECPD patrol vehicle.

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor

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.

Monday, April 5

A fire alarm at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers went off on the twelfth floor of the building. Upon arrival, ECPD observed students and faculty on the sidewalk of Columbus Ave. adjacent to the building. The Boston Fire Department discovered it was a false smoke alarm and all community members re-entered the building without incident. 

Tuesday, April 6

ECPD responded to a report of a suspicious person in the lobby of the Little Building Residence Hall. When ECPD arrived, the person had departed the area. ECPD discovered moments later that the same unidentified non-Emerson community member falsely activated the Boston Fire Department’s Fire Pull Station after leaving the lobby. The station was located on the sidewalk in front of 211 Tremont Street. The Boston Fire Department responded and reset the pull station. No buildings were evacuated and no one was injured. 

Thursday, April 8 

ECPD responded to a reported bypass in security at the Little Building non-residence desk.
The Emerson College student who was reported to bypass the location was confirmed by ECPD to have not properly tapped before accessing the basement level of the building.