Clery Crime Alerts

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Columbia University is required to alert the campus community to certain crimes that pose a continuing danger to the campus community in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Burglary

On October 7, 2017 at approximately 9:30 AM, an affiliate had his laptop stolen out of his office inside of B230 (410 West 118th St). CCTV shows the unknown person in the photos below entering the affiliate’s office area. Upon the return of the affiliate, he discovered his laptop missing. The unknown male was last seen on CCTV entering SIPA (420 W/118th St). If the identity of the person is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Attempted Robbery

On September 19, 2017, the New York City Police Department notified Columbia University Department of Public Safety of an Attempted Robbery that occurred on September 17, 2017, at approximately 9:20 PM.The incident occurred at the corner of West 125th Street and St. Clare’s Place. Approximately 5 -7 unknown persons attempted to remove, through the use of physical force, a non-affiliate’s cell phone. The persons ran southbound on Riverside Drive from St. Clare’s Place. Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact the NYPD by dialing 911 or Public Safety at (212) 854–5555.

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Burglary

On August 14th, 2017, between 6 PM and 6:30 PM, CCTV shows the person in the photos below entered the Faculty House located at 400 W. 117 St. and Business Law located at 1125 Amsterdam Avenue and while inside these buildings removed property. The person in the photos is last observed walking south on Amsterdam Avenue at W. 114 St. Anyone with any information should contact the 26 Precinct Detective Squad or the undersigned. If the person is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Robbery

On August 10th, 2017, the New York City Police Department notified CU Public Safety that on Wednesday August 9th 2017, at about 12:52 am, on the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Ave and W 166 St, the sidewalk along Mitchel Square Park, the unidentified persons shown below forcibly robbed a non-affiliate of his bicycle. If you have any information about this crime, or can identity any of these persons, contact the NYPD 33 Pct. Detective Squad at 212 927-3780.

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Attempted Burglary

On August 7th, 2017, at about 10:50 P.M. CCTV shows the person in photos below attempting to gain access to the courtyard of 549 Riverside Drive by removing the protective fencing on the service gate. The person is last seen riding a blue and white bike north bound on 12th Avenue. If the person is seen please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Anyone with any information regarding he person in the photos should contact Detective Fernandez at the 26 Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the undersigned.

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Motor Vehicle Theft

On Friday June 2nd, 2017, at 6:36am an affiliate’s vehicle was stolen in front of 1161 Amsterdam Ave – Casa Italiana by the unknown person in the photo below. This person is seen on CCTV entering the vehicle and last seen driving north on Amsterdam Ave towards 120th street. If the identity of the person is known or if seen please call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or 911.

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Burglary

On Saturday, February 4th, 2017, between 1:00 p.m. and 1:45p.m. an unidentified person entered Fayerweather Hall and removed computer equipment. If you have any information about this crime or the person responsible, please call the 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the Columbia University Investigations Unit at the numbers provided below.
When entering campus buildings during off hours, please be aware of anyone attempting to follow you in, after you have swiped your CUID for access. If you believe someone has entered without authorization, call Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

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Fondling

Teachers College Public Safety has reported that an affiliate was the victim of fondling on January 27th, 2017 at about 4:25 p.m., as she was walking her dog on Morningside Drive near W. 116 st. The victim was approached by two males, one of whom fondled her. The males then ran into Morningside Park at W. 118 St. If you have any information about this crime contact the undersigned or Teachers College Public Safety at 212-678-3333.

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Burglary

On January 26th, 2017, at about 11:00 p.m. a laptop computer was stolen from a cubicle on the sixth floor of Uris Hall. A review of CCTV shows Robinson Santos, previously arrested on campus for burglary, shown in the photos below, was observed entering the building at 10:52 p.m. removing property from a locker and leaving at 11:05 p.m. If observed contact NYPD immediately.

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Robbery

On December 29, 2016 at approximately 1:05 AM an affiliate was the victim of a Robbery that took place on West 113th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The victim was approached from behind by the two unknown persons in the photo below who forcibly removed her property. Both individuals fled south bound on Amsterdam Avenue from West 113 Street. If the identity of the individuals is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Fondling

The Department of Public Safety was notified of a Fondling incident that occurred on September 10, 2016, at approximately 2:00 P.M. The person in the photo below grabbed the buttocks of another person inside of 2897 Broadway (Nussbaum & Wu - Bakery & café), Columbia University owned property. If the person is seen, or his identity known, please call Public Safety at (212) 854-5555.

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Fondling

On August 13, 2016 at approximately 11:01 PM inside of a building on West 112 Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave a Non-Affiliate was forcible touched by the unknown person in the photos below. The victim was followed into her building and was groped by the person. The unknown person then fled out of the building and ran toward Amsterdam Ave. The person wanted in this case is also wanted in connection with an Attempted Larceny/Purse Snatch that occurred on August 10, 2016 at West 121st Street and Broadway. If the identity of the person is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. 

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Burglary 

On July 24, 2016 at 4:09am the unidentified individual pictured below is observed on CCTV entering the lobby of 421 W 118th street by using a device to bypass the lock. Once inside, the individual removed a bicycle belonging to an affiliate. If you have any information about this incident or know the identity of this individual please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911.

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Suspect was apprehended July 27, 2016.


Burglary 

On April 28, 2016 at 5:30am the unknown individual pictured below was observed removing unattended packages from the lobby of 195 Claremont Ave. The subject is also seen on CCTV entering and exiting different buildings in the area prior to this incident. If you have any information about this incident or know the identity of this individual please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911. 

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Suspect was apprehended May 5, 2016.


Burglary 

On April 20, 2016 at approximately 4:25pm an affiliate had a laptop and cellphone removed from an office inside of Kraft Center at 606 W 116th street by an unidentified person. If you have any information about the incident please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the 26th Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351. 

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Fondling

On April 20th, 2016, NYPD informed Columbia University Department of Public Safety that on Thursday, April 14th 2016, at about 8:04 pm, the unidentified suspect shown below was aggressively panhandling and then fondled a female victim as she walked by on the sidewalk in front of the P&S Building (630 W 168 St). If the identity of this individual is known or if seen, contact Public Safety Operations at 212-305-7979.

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Fondling

On April 20th, 2016, NYPD informed Columbia University Department of Public Safety that on Thursday, April 14th 2016, at about 8:04 pm, the unidentified suspect shown below was aggressively panhandling and then fondled a female victim as she walked by on the sidewalk in front of the P&S Building (630 W 168 St). If the identity of this individual is known or if seen, contact Public Safety Operations at 212-305-7979.

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Forcible Touching

On Friday April 1, 2016 Public Safety was notified of a forcible touching incident that occurred inside of a Columbia owned property located on 119th street between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive. The victim states that she hired a massage therapist, pictured below, from an online company. During the course of that massage the subject did touch her inappropriately.

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Attempted Robbery

On March 25, 2016 at approximately 4:35 PM an affiliate was the victim of an Attempted Robbery that took place at the corner of West 116 Street and Broadway. The victim states she was approached by the unknown individual in the photos below and that the male did attempt to grab her cell phone out of her hand while she was talking on the phone, striking her in the face. The individual then walked off southbound on Broadway toward West 115 Street. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Sexual Assault

On Monday March 21, 2016 a Columbia student reported that she was sexually assaulted by the male shown in the photo below. On the morning of March 18, 2016, the subject accompanied a group of students from the 1020 Bar, located on W. 110 St. to their building, spoke with the students for a short time in a common area and then followed the student to her room. The subject had previously been designated persona non grata on Columbia University property.

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Robbery

On January 31, 2016 at approximately 7:10 PM an affiliate was the victim of a knife point robbery that occurred in the southbound bus stop at West 120 Street and Amsterdam Ave. The victim was approached by the unknown individual shown in the below photos. The individual did display a knife and demanded money from the victim which the affiliate handed over. The unknown individual then fled on foot north on Amsterdam Ave toward West 121 Street. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Robbery

On January 19, 2016 at approximately 7:04 PM a student was the victim of a Robbery that occurred on Claremont Ave between West 121 Street and West 120 Street. The victim was approached by two unknown individuals shown in the photos below, one of the individuals stated he had a gun and demanded money which the student handed over. The two unknown individuals fled northbound on Broadway from West 120 Street. If the identity of the two individuals is known or if seen, please keep them under observation and call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Robbery

On December 24, 2015 at approximately 6:25 PM, a student was the victim of a robbery in front of 434 West 120th Street. Two unknown males approached the victim and demanded cash and property. One of the males was wearing a ski mask. After the robbery the males fled into Morningside Park. The victim describes the males as early 20's, medium build, wearing dark clothing. If the identity of the suspect is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Sex Assault

On Saturday November 21, 2015 Public Safety was notified of a sexual assault that occurred inside of East Campus between the hours of 3:00am and 4:30am. An identified student reported being the victim of a sexual assault by two other students known to her. As of this date and time, there is no further information available. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Investigations Office at 212-854-2054. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Attempted Robbery

On Monday October 19th 2015, at 8:27 pm, the unidentified suspect shown below in concert with another younger male attempted to forcibly remove a "razor" style scooter from an affiliate as he left the Irving Cancer Center in the vicinity of W 167 St and St. Nicholas Ave. The second suspect not shown is a much younger male, 10 - 14 yrs, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt. If the identity of this individual is known or if seen, contact Public Safety Operations at 212-305-7979. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Robbery

On October 17, 2015 at approximately 6:44 PM inside the lobby of 500 West 122nd Street an Affiliate was the victim of a Robbery. The unknown individual in the photos below did follow the Affiliate into their building and did display a knife and demanded the Affiliates money which they handed over. The unknown individual then flees northbound on Amsterdam Avenue toward West 123rd Street then eastbound on West 123rd Street. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Robbery

On September 25, 2015 at approximately 01:20 AM inside the lobby of 423 West 118 Street an affiliate was the victim of a Robbery. The unknown individual in the photos below did follow the affiliate into her building by "piggybacking" after her and did strike her several times removing her property. The unknown individual then fled northbound on Morningside Drive into Morningside Park. If the identity of the individual in the photos is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. Click here for PDF version of this alert.

Fondling

Columbia University Public Safety has been notified by the New York City Police Department that they are investigating a fondling case that occurred on September 15, 2015 at about 3:02 a.m. They reported that a non-affiliate was walking to her apartment house on W. 121 St. between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, when she was approached from behind by a male who fondled her. The victim resisted, and the subject fled east towards Morningside Drive. A review of available video shows the victim being followed by the subject, shown in the photo below. If you have any information about this crime or the person responsible, contact the NYPD Special Victims Unit at 212-860-6857. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Burglary

On September 15, 2015 at 10:08pm the individual in the photos below entered Havemeyer 3000 Broadway and went inside offices on the 5th and 6th floors removing property. The individual is seen on CCTV leaving with property of a Columbia University affiliate. If you have any information about this crime or know the identity of this individual please contact the Public Safety Operations Desk at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911. Click here for PDF version of this alert.

Suspect apprehended September 21, 2015.

Burglary

On August 16, 2015 at 12:35am and then again at 2:27am the individual in the photos below entered the lobby of 512 W 112TH street by using a device to bypass the lock. Once inside, the individual removed two packages. If you have any information about this crime or know the identity of this individual please contact the Public Safety Operations Desk at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Suspect apprehended August 24, 2015.

Burglary

On July 23 2015 at approximately 11:35 PM the unknown individuals in the photos below did gain entry into Pupin Hall (538 W/120 St) by "piggybacking" after an affiliate swiped into the building. The individuals are seen on CCTV/Security Video going in and out of office areas. They are also seen physically breaking a cable lock that secured an affiliates bike to a hand rail. The individuals are seen exiting the building with the affiliate's bike. If the identity of the individuals is known of if they are seen, please keep them under observation and call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854‐5555. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Attempted Burglary

On Wednesday July 15th, 2015 at about 3:30 P.M. an affiliate discovered the below individual in her apartment. The subject, when confronted, stated he was in the wrong apartment and fled. It was discovered that he entered through a window near the fire escape. The subject was seen wearing a black tee shirt with a light multi colored design on front, gold chain, dark jeans and sneakers carrying a red backpack with grey trim. He is believed to be in his late teens early 20's. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Robbery

On July 6, 2015 at approximately 07:10 hours the unknown subject in the photos below did approach a summer program counselor at West 106 Street and Amsterdam Ave and did engage him in conversation. The suspect told the victim that he had a gun and demanded his money. The suspect and victim walked together until they reached W. 120 St. and Amsterdam Ave. At this point, the victim takes money from an ATM and gives it to the suspect. If the identity of the suspect is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Suspect apprehended July 9, 2015.

Attempted Robbery

On May 1st, 2015 at approximately 11:30 PM, an affiliate was the victim of an Attempted Robbery while he was on Morningside Drive at the W 119th Street park benches. Both suspects attempted to physically remove an item from the victim. Suspects are described as being tall and thin, in their late teens to early 20's. They fled northbound into Morningside Park. Both suspects are shown below. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Robbery

On March 27th, 2015 at about 2:10 P.M., an affiliate was the victim of a robbery at 120th Street and Morningside Drive. The victim states that she was sitting on the park bench when she was approached, struck in the face and her phone removed. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 18 to 20 years of age, medium/light complexion, slim build, 6 feet, wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt. He fled southbound thru the park and was last seen at 115th street inside the park. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the undersigned or call the 26 Pct. detective squad at 212-678-1351. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Assault

On March 15, 2015 at about 4:20 am, a Non- Affiliate was the victim of an assault. The victim and subject, both of whom are homeless men, were engaged in a conversation at the corner of 114 Street and Amsterdam. The subject then assaulted the victim. The New York City Police Department has described the subject as a Male /5'3" / 150 lbs/35 to 40 years of age/ light skinned/ dark coat/ tan or red boots/ blue jeans/ hat with side flaps. After the assault the subject fled southbound on Amsterdam Avenue. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the undersigned or call the 26 Pct. detective squad at 212-678-1351. Click here for a PDF version of this alert.

Burglary

On February 5, 2015 at approximately 5:15 AM the unknown male in the photos below did enter a building through an unlocked door on West 114 Street between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway. The unknown male was confronted by an affiliate and fled the building. If the identity of the male is known or if he is observed, please call the 026Pct. Detectives at 212 678-1351 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. Click here to view a PDF version of this alert.

Suspect apprehended on February 5, 2015.

What Is a Timely Warning?

Timely Warnings, also called "Crime Alerts," are provided to enhance the safety of the community by giving students, faculty and staff notification of crimes that occur on or nearby campus property, and are considered by the Department of Public Safety to present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. These Crime Alerts are issued in compliance with federal law, specifically the Clery Act, for selected crimes in selected locations. They do not present, nor are they intended to present, a complete picture of crime on campus.

Timely Warning Policy

The Columbia University Department of Public Safety is responsible for preparing and issuing a Crime Alert whenever a crime that is reported to them represents a continuing threat to students and employees. Information for alerts may also come from information supplied to Public Safety by the NYPD.

Crime Alerts can also seek information from community members that may lead to the arrest and conviction of an offender and usually contain crime prevention tips and safety information. Pictures of suspects, rather than verbal descriptions are included in crime alerts whenever available.

When enough details about the incident are known, Public Safety will prepare and distribute an alert to the entire community, via the mass notification e-mail system. Alerts may also be posted on campus bulletin boards and in Columbia owned buildings throughout the community.

Timely Warning Procedure

The Columbia University Department of Public Safety will prepare a Crime Alert whenever a report is received of a crime against a person or property that represents a continuing threat to students, faculty and staff. Notices may be issued for such crimes that occur on campus property, non-campus property, or on public property immediately adjacent to or accessible from campus. Crime Alerts provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, or a picture instead, if one is available, information on whom to contact about the investigation, and often, crime prevention tips.

Information included in Crime Alerts:

  1. A succinct statement of the incident.
  2. Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
  3. Photo of the suspect, if available.
  4. Physical description of the suspect, if no photo is available.
  5. Date the bulletin was released.
  6. Other relevant and important information about the crime(s).
  7. Information on Crime Prevention, personal safety or other community safety resources.

Crime Alerts may be updated if new or more accurate information becomes available during the course of the investigation.

Crime Alerts are distributed by mass e-mail notifications sent to all columbia.edu e-mail addresses. These e-mails are approved by the Vice President of Public Safety or his designee and are distributed by the Department of Public Safety.