The Oshkosh Police Department is actively investigating several robberies that have occurred near the residential area surrounding the UW Oshkosh Campus. Oshkosh Police is investigating the following incidents;
-10/19/2019 at approximately 7:35 PM in the 1200 Block of Kentucky St
-10/27/2019 at approximately 8:30 PM near Cherry St/ Scott Ave. (attempted robbery)
-10/29/2019 at approximately 8:38 PM in the 400 Block of Scott Ave.
-11/02/2019 at approximately 8:29 PM in the 700 Block of Cherry St. (attempted robbery)
The robbery and attempted robbery that occurred on 10/19 and 11/02 involved the victims messaging a stranger on a dating app and that individual telling the victims where to meet them. Once the victims went to the location, they were approached by several teenagers who proceeded to rob/ attempt to rob them. Both victims were physically assaulted and reported minor injuries. No weapons were involved.
The robbery and attempted robbery that occurred on 10/27 and 10/29 involved victims who were walking alone in a residential area when they were approached by several teenagers who proceeded to rob/ attempt to rob them. Both victims were physically assaulted and reported minor injuries. No weapons were involved.
With all incidents, the suspects were described as a group of male African American teenagers.
The safety of our campus community is our number one priority. We always strive to provide information quickly to help ensure the safety of the campus community. Anyone who has information regarding this incident should contact the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700. If you have information about this incident, but wish to remain anonymous, please contact the Winnebago County Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477; or add the free P3 App to your Apple or Android phone and add a tip; or go to http://winnebagocrimestoppers.org/ to submit a text tip. If your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
The following campus resources also can be used to report information:
UWO POLICE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE:
Report information anonymously on the UW Oshkosh Police Department website by visiting the following link: https://uwosh.edu/police/services/report-an-incident/
Download and use the UWO Mobile App. You can report information anonymously, chat real-time with a UW Oshkosh Police Department dispatcher and find resources to help you connect with other resources on campus and in the area.
Survivors of crimes are never responsible for their victimization. It is the perpetrators of crimes who affect the safety of our community members. Knowing this, there is much we can share to empower members of the campus community to remain safe, to encourage responsibility and accountability in others, to let perpetrators know we look out for one another, and report crimes and to help end bystander behavior.
- Download and use UWO Mobile – it’s packed with safety resources that can be used on and off campus. One great feature is the Mobile Blue Light to connect your location instantly with the UWO Police Department.
- Take advantage of the free UWO Go program when moving about late at night by requesting a ride via UWO Mobile. The new program that replaces Saferides runs daily beginning at 4pm.
- Plan ahead so that when you walk you are visible to other people. Choose an open, well-lit and well-traveled area.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make eye contact with passersby and glance occasionally behind you.
- If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person or vehicle persists, run to the nearest place where you will find other people and call for help.
- Make the UW Oshkosh Police Department phone number (920-424-1212) your first speed dial choice.
If you have questions about your personal safety or what you can do to help encourage campus safety, please contact the UWO Police Department at (920) 424-1212.