June 7, 2014

On-campus police departments respond to variety of crimes

Following are summaries of some of the major crimes reported in the past three years at colleges and universities in the metro-east. Reports were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The names of the victims and other personal information were redacted:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

* March 18, 2011: A 19-year-old female student at SIUE was interviewed by police regarding an alleged sexual assault that involved two male subjects in their apartment at Cougar Village student housing complex in late September or early October 2009. The victim refused to file criminal charges.

* Aug. 8, 2011: An SIUE student reported a criminal sexual assault in Cougar Village. The unidentified victim alleged a male student, known to her, forced her to have sex. SIUE police investigated and forwarded the case to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office, which declined charges.

* Sept. 13, 2011: Police were dispatched to Woodland Hall, a student residence, to investigate a criminal sexual assault. A female victim alleged she blacked out and was raped by a male student, who told police it was consensual. Police investigated and the victim refused to file criminal charges.

* Sept. 26, 2011: SIUE police responded to a disturbance at Starbucks in the Morris University Center where a female threw a glass bottle at another female, who brandished a box cutter. Lavonda Willis of Madison and Lauren Sanders of Homewood, Ill., were both charged with aggravated assault. Both Willis and Sanders pleaded guilty and received supervision.

* Oct. 15, 2011: Police investigated an armed robbery in the Bluff Hall parking lot. A male student reported being robbed by a male suspect armed with a revolver. The Madison County State's Attorney Office declined charges due to insufficient evidence.

* July 2, 2012: Police responded to Bluff Hall regarding a sexual assault. A female victim alleged a male student may have drugged her and then had sex with her in a bathroom. Police investigated and forwarded the case to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office, which declined charges.

* Sept. 7, 2012: Police were dispatched to Cougar Village for a possible sexual assault. Police determined no sexual assault had occurred, but a student named Chase L. Fletcher of Hillsboro was charged with aggravated battery. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

* Nov. 28, 2012: SIUE police investigated an assault involving two roommates at Cougar Village apartments. One roommate threatened another while holding a fork.

* Jan. 9, 2013: Police responded to the Commons at SIUE for suspicious activity and met with a victim who reported she was robbed by an assailant armed with a weapon while walking along the bike path near the Garden Center. SIUE police continue to investigate the case.

* Feb. 25, 2013: Police were called to Cougar Village for a report of an armed robbery where two suspects -- one who displayed a black handgun -- took money from a victim. The case remained open.

* March 17, 2013: Officers met with two female students who were being threatened and harassed by two other female students. Police investigated but no criminal charges were filed.

* March 18, 2013: SIUE police interviewed a victim regarding an alleged criminal sexual assault by a male that occurred two days earlier in Prairie Hall. The case was closed due to insufficient evidence.

* April 22, 2013: Police investigated an allegation of a sexual assault in Cougar Village. A victim indicated a male suspect forced her to have sex. The victim later refused to file criminal charges.

* May 27, 2013: Officers responded to a report of an aggravated domestic battery at Cougar Village involving a male and a female who had previously been in a relationship and have a child together. A physical altercation resulted in injuries to both parties -- the most serious being a corneal abrasion and a nasal fracture to the female. The female victim decided to drop the charges. The state's attorney's office declined to prosecute due to lack of evidence and an uncooperative victim.

* Aug. 25, 2013: Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a report of a sexual assault that occurred in Evergreen Hall. Police investigated, and the victim did not want to pursue criminal charges against the male suspect.

* Oct. 24, 2013: Police investigated a possible sexual assault that occurred between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, 2013, at Cougar Village. The Madison County State's Attorney's office declined charges due to insufficient evidence.

* April 3, 2014: Three suspects were charged in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred April 3 on campus. Students DeMarcus Butts, of Chicago, Jabreel Watson, of Chicago, and Shantel Rogers, of Decatur, were each charged with one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of burglary. The trio allegedly lured a fellow student whom they knew out of the Prairie Hall residence hall and kidnapped him, stole electronics from his car, drove around town for a while, forced him to withdraw money from an ATM and then dropped him off in a remote area of the campus.

Note: Reports that involved minors or were active cases were not released by the SIUE Police Department.

Southwestern Illinois College

* Aug. 26, 2011: Police investigated an aggravated battery involving a student battering a school teacher. No charges were filed.

* April 10, 2012: Officers responded to an aggravated assault. A former male student attempted to cut a police officer with a knife. David A. Buehler Jr., of Cahokia, was charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to probation.

* Aug. 13, 2012: Police investigated an aggravated assault involving three students getting into a fight. One of the students had a knife. No charges were filed.

* Sept. 6, 2012: Police investigated an aggravated assault that occurred when a man threw a brick at a woman while in a parking lot on campus. Montra E. Mitchell, of Cahokia, was charged with aggravated assault. The charge was dismissed as part of plea negotiations.

* Nov. 29, 2012: While placing a suspect in custody for domestic battery, the individual struck an officer in the face with his fist. Trae D. Crump, of Lebanon, was charged with domestic battery and resisting a peace officer. The charges are still pending.

* Jan. 10, 2014: SWIC received information from State Police about a possible criminal sexual assault on campus. SWIC officers investigated and determined no such crime occurred. The alleged victim repeatedly changed her story while speaking to police.

* Jan. 16, 2014: Police investigated an aggravated domestic battery involving a female who was battered by her boyfriend; he attempted to choke her. Charges were declined due to insufficient evidence.

McKendree University

* Oct. 23, 2011: Lebanon police were dispatched to assist McKendree public safety officers regarding an out-of-control subject who was peppered sprayed. Shawn R. Donahue, of Levittown, Pa., was arrested for aggravated battery. The charge was dismissed as part of plea negotiations.

* Nov. 2, 2011: Lebanon police conducted a search for a suspect involved in a home invasion/burglary of Baker Hall Dormitory. Bobby Moore, of Swansea, was charged with residential burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison on March 8, 2012.

* Dec. 12, 2011: Lebanon police were notified by a McKendree student that she was routinely sexually assaulted by a relative. The victim failed to make any attempt with the police department to pursue charges.

Lindenwood University

* April 17, 2013: Belleville police investigated an aggravated assault call involving Lindenwood University students. A victim claimed a vehicle occupied by a former friend attempted to strike her as she was crossing the road on the east side of Lindenwood campus. The victim declined to press charges.

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