Archived Timely Warnings

2014 Timely Warnings

Community Advisory - Unarmed Robbery

December 10, 2014

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 a female graduate student reported to the Cambridge Police Department that she was robbed by an unknown male as she walked along Banks Street at approximately 1:30 AM.   The victim stated that while walking on Banks Street she was struck from behind by an unknown male who took her tote bag that contained personal items, including her laptop and wallet.  The victim suffered injuries in this incident and received immediate medical attention. 

 

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10/3/14 Email Threat - UDPATE

November 12, 2014

The Harvard University Police Department wants to provide an update and resources available as a result of the October 3 threatening email and subsequent messages.  First and foremost, please know that the HUPD has treated this incident as a hate crime from its onset.  The investigation, which involves the HUPD collaborating with federal and international law enforcement authorities, is active and ongoing. 

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Community Advisory - Email Threats

October 3, 2014

At about 4:45 this afternoon, hundreds of Harvard students and affiliates received an emailed death threat.  The author threatened to come to campus “tomorrow” to shoot the email recipients.  Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) immediately began investigating, and also notified other local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI. 

 

 While we cannot verify at this time that this is a real threat, every member of our community should be familiar with these Active Shooter Safety Guidelines, which were developed based on guidance from the U...

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Assault and Battery - Beacon Street Somerville

April 22, 2014

Posted on 04/22/2014 8:58 PM

On Monday, April 21, 2014 at approximately 1:20 AM, a female undergraduate student reported to the Somerville Police Department that she was assaulted by an unknown male as she walked down Beacon Street in the area of 358 Beacon Street near an alley that leads to Oxford Street in Cambridge. The victim reported that the male grabbed her arm and pulled her into the alley. The victim screamed for help and defended herself against her attacker. The victim then fled the area and called the police. The victim did not see in which direction the offender fled. 
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Unarmed Robbery Memorial Drive near Plympton Street, Cambridge

March 1, 2014

On Saturday, March 1, 2014 an unaffiliated female reported to the Cambridge Police Department that she was robbed by an unknown male as she walked along Memorial Drive near Plympton Street at approximately 12:50 AM. The victim stated that while walking on Memorial Drive she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male who took her wallet from her. The victim struck the male who then pushed the victim to the ground. The offender fled the area in the direction of JFK Street. The victim was not injured during the incident.

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Community Advisory - Holden Green Housing Complex Assault

October 23, 2015

On Friday October 23, 2015 at approximately 3:55 AM a female resident of the Holden Green affiliated housing complex reported to the Harvard University Police Department that she was approached by an unknown male who followed her to her doorway.  The victim stated while walking her dog she saw the mini-van pull in.  The victim felt something wasn’t right and immediately started running toward her doorway.  The unknown male ran after her but she was able to get in the door and lock it.  The offender banged on the door and immediately fled back to the van which was driven...

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Community Advisory - Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon, 1555 Mass Ave, Camrbidge

October 7, 2015

At approximately 6:50 PM this evening, Harvard University Police Department officers were dispatched to respond to a report of a fight in progress behind the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church at 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, which abuts the campus of Harvard Law School.  Officers responded to the scene and observed an unidentified male standing over another male lying on the ground.  The unidentified male's face was covered in blood and when officers instructed him to lie on the ground he refused their commands and show...

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Community Advisory - Sexual Assualt near Longwood Campus

September 15, 2015

The following information was released by the Boston Police Department this morning.

 

Harvard-specific safety information below the BPD alert.

 

Community Alert: BPD Investigating Alleged Sexual Assault in Fenway Area

September 15, 2015

 

At about 12:30 AM on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a alleged sexual assault in the area of Queensberry Street in the Fenway.

 

Upon arrival,...

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Community Advisory - Indecent Assault and Batteries, Harvard Square area

September 9, 2015

The following alert was just released by the Cambridge Police Department.

Safety information below the alert.

Cambridge Police Highlight Recent Increase in Indecent Assault & Batteries
in Harvard Square Area


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 9, 2015 --
The Cambridge Police Department are cautioning women who live, work or frequent the Harvard Square area to be aware of a recent increase in Indecent Assault and Batteries. 

Officers are currently investigating a report that a woman was indecently...

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Community Advisory - Sexual Assault Memorial Drive, Camrbidge

August 18, 2015

The following information was released by the Massachusetts State Police this morning.

 

Massachusetts State Police Media Release–08-18-2015–State Police Investigate Early Morning Sexual Assault in Cambridge

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman along Memorial Drive in Cambridge early this morning.

 

The woman, a Boston resident, had left a Cambridge bar shortly before closing time and was walking toward the river. At approximately 2 a.m. she was near the Weld Boat House on...

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Community Advisory - Armed Robbery Arrow Street

July 3, 2015

On Friday July 3, 2015 at approximately 3:15 AM a male summer school student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that he was robbed at gunpoint while walking down Arrow Street towards Bow Street.  The victim stated a dark colored sedan stopped and two males jumped out of the car and struck him in the face and head with two handguns.  The offenders ordered him to the ground.  While on the ground the offenders removed his headphones, money, and other personal items.  The victim suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

 

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Community Advisory - Attempted Armed Robbery Sunken Gardens

May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at approximately 3:00 AM three female undergraduate students reported to the Harvard University Police Department that they were robbed while walking through the Sunken Gardens in Radcliffe Yard.  The victims stated that they were approached by a male who displayed what appeared to be a knife and demanded their purses.  The victims fled the area and did not give over their property.  The victims were not injured during the incident.

 

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Community Advisory Quincy House Indecent Exposure

April 21, 2015

On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at approximately 12:45 PM, a female resident of Quincy House reported to the Harvard University Police Department that she observed an unknown male indecently exposing himself in a hallway near a laundry room.  The female contacted the HUPD to report the activity.  Officers immediately responded to the area and encountered a male in the hallway.  The male fled the area.  The officers searched the area but were unable to locate the individual.

 

The offender is described as a black male in his early thirties, approximately 5...

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Unarmed Robbery Alley between Vanderbilt Hall and New Research Building, Longwood Campus

February 14, 2015

On Friday, February 13, 2015 a male staff member reported to the Boston Police Department that he was robbed while retrieving his bicycle from the rack in the locking dock area between Vanderbilt Hall and the New Research Building at approximately 8:40 PM.  The victim stated while walking up the loading dock toward the street he was approached from behind and was thrown against a fence.  One offender took the victim’s wallet while another offender stood guard.   The offenders fled the area down Ave Louis Pasteur toward the Fenway.  Boston Police Department officers...

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Community Advisory - Mt. Auburn Street Indecent Assault and Battery

August 13, 2016

August 15, 2016 - COMMUNITY ADVISORY UPDATE

Today, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the Cambridge Police Department arrested an unaffiliated male, on a warrant out of Cambridge District Court for Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person 14 or Over. The male was identified as the suspect involved in Friday evening’s alleged indecent assault and battery.

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Community Advisory - River Houses and Yard Dorms Burglaries

April 25, 2016

Over last weekend, 4/23/16 and 4/24/16, the Harvard University Police Department responded to ten (10) reports of thefts occurring in River Houses and a Yard dorm. All but one of the thefts occurred in River Houses. In eight (8) of the ten incidents the room doors were either unsecured or propped open. In three of the incidents a suspect(s) entered rooms that were occupied. In one of those...

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Community Advisory - Charles River Assault and Battery

October 4, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at approximately 11:50 PM a female undergraduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that she was assaulted while running along the Charles River near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Western Avenue. The victim reported that she was grabbed from behind by an unidentified male. The victim immediately began to struggle with the male and discharged pepper spray in an attempt...

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Community Advisory - Yard and Radcliffe Houses Burglaries

September 27, 2017

Over last weekend, 9/23/17 and 9/24/17, the Harvard University Police Department responded to three (3) reports of thefts occurring in two different Yard dorms and an upperclass house at the Radcliffe Quad. In the two Yard thefts the offender(s) opened or pushed in screen windows on first floor rooms and removed laptops from desks situated right next to the windows. In the Quad house theft offender(s) made entry into a suite which was occupied at...

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