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Security Alert 2/16/13

1200 Block of John St.

Posted 02.16.13 by Campus Safety

The following email was sent out to  MICA community members on 2/16/13:


At approximately 03:50 am, a MICA student was walking in the 1200 block of John Street, towards Lanvale Street when she noticed a white 4 door sedan driving very slowly up the street. As the student reached the intersection of John and Lanvale, the operator of the white sedan,( a black male wearing blue jeans, approximately 6 feet tall and 150 lbs) was waiting around the corner and grabbed the student. The student resisted and a nearby resident came to her aid, chasing the suspect away.

Baltimore City Police and MICA Campus Safety responded quickly and searched the area. A suspect has not been apprehended in this incident.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Baltimore City Police are investigating the incident and uniformed City Police will start special patrols in the area. Campus Safety will be increasing deployment to this area. Campus Safety encourages all members of the MICA community to always remain vigilant and:

-Always be alert to your immediate surroundings and keep track of who is around you. Be especially vigilant in the evening and on weekends when there is less pedestrian traffic in Bolton Hill and on campus.

-Don't allow strangers to approach or follow you on the street. If asked to stop or talk - keep moving away while you listen and watch to size up the situation. If you sense that someone may be following or moving toward you, abruptly change direction several times while moving quickly toward a safe public area or place where you know assistance will be available. You will see how the person responds, and by moving toward a place where assistance is available, you will be that much closer to help if you decide escape is necessary.

-Avoid isolated areas and walking alone; always use the evening shuttle when in service (Monday-Friday 5:00 pm-3:00 am and Saturday-Sunday 5:00 pm-4:00 am; last call is twenty minutes before end of service).

-On-Campus Walking Escorts are available. Officers will walk with you between campus buildings or to/from your car. Request service through a lobby security guard or call 410-225-2245 .

-Register for Rave Guardian and MICA Alert at the same time. Transform your mobile phone into a personal alarm beacon. In the event of an emergency, critical information you elect to share will be provided to MICA Campus Safety to help us more quickly respond and help you. With the push of one button on your cell phone, help is on the way when you need it. This service is provided to you free of charge by MICA.

-See Something... Say Something - Immediately report suspicious persons parked, hanging around, or walking through campus or your neighborhood. Please help us prevent something suspicious from becoming a crime by being extra eyes and ears for Campus Safety and Baltimore City Police. Call in a "tip" and patrol units will respond to the area to investigate.

- Baltimore City Police - 911

- MICA Campus Safety - 443-423-3333 or activate Rave Guardian