Crime Alert - Second Report of Indecent Exposure/Lewd Act
On Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:00pm the UMass Police Department was contacted by another female victim reporting an indecent exposure/lewd act that occurred on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. This incident was reported to have occurred in Lot 25 near the UMass Parking Office in close time proximity to the first report.
The second victim relayed very similar facts to the previous Crime Alert issued earlier today. As reported, immediately after parking her car, the victim observed an older model (1989-1992) gold or tan colored 4 Door Honda Civic pull up next to her. According to the victim, the suspect lowered the car window and she observed him masturbating. The suspect made no attempt to conceal this activity. The suspect is again described as a white male, age in the late 20’s to early 30’s, medium to heavy build.
An immediate check of the area by UMass Police did not locate the suspect vehicle. UMass Police is actively investigating this case and seeks information that might help to identify the suspect. See above for a photograph of the suspect vehicle.
Two recent incidents of indecent exposure/lewd acts with very similar descriptions of both the vehicle and the suspect were reported to the Sunderland Police Department on July 16, 2014. In both incidents the suspect lured the females to his vehicle by asking for directions. If you should encounter this situation avoid any contact with the suspect and note key information such as the license plate number and direction of travel while contacting the police immediately.
Anyone with information that could be helpful is encouraged to contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department at (413) 545-8477, or online at www.umass.edu/umpd/anonymouswitness/
Crime Alert - Indecent Exposure/Lewd Act
On Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 2:57pm UMass Police responded to a report of an indecent exposure/lewd act in Lot 25 at the University.
The female victim reported that immediately after parking her car in Lot 25 another vehicle pulled up next to her and the lone white male called her over to his vehicle. As she approached the car, the victim observed the male to have his pants down and he was masturbating. The suspect made no attempt to conceal this activity.
The suspect is described as a white male, age in the late 20’s to early 30’s, heavy set, possibly wearing an earring in his left ear, blue jeans and a short sleeve shirt.
The suspect vehicle is described as a gold-colored Honda with a partial Massachusetts license plate of 497.
An immediate check of the area by UMass Police did not locate the suspect vehicle.
UMass Police are actively investigating this case and seek information that might help to identify the suspect. Anyone with information that could be helpful is encouraged to contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department at (413) 545-8477, or online at www.umass.edu/umpd/anonymouswitness/
Crime Alert - Telephone Scam
Since mid-May 2014 the UMass Amherst Police have received two reports from University employees who've been targeted in a telephone scam. The phone calls are made by an unknown, adult male who claims the employee’s relative has been kidnapped or involved in a motor vehicle accident and money must be wired immediately to him or the relative will be harmed or killed. The victim is told to not hang up as doing so will also cause harm to their relative. Both of these calls were made to the UMass employee’s personal cell phone originating from the same phone number, (413)-535-9579 (Holyoke, MA).
This phone number has been used repeatedly in this scam since mid-June and area police departments are investigating. UMass Amherst Police is continuing to investigate this matter with the cell phone company and will provide updates as necessary.
The UMass Amherst Police Department recommends you take the following actions if you receive this type of call:
•Do not wire money;
•Do not divulge any personal information;
•Do not meet with the caller under any circumstances;
•Ask probing questions and gather as much information as possible;
•Contact the UMass Amherst Police Department at (413) 545-2121 immediately