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Police Beat • 02/16/2024 to 02/20/2024

February 21, 2024 08:00 PM
Information
An officer was dispatched to call the complainant about a reported delayed fraud. The officer called the complainant, who stated that she had been scammed by a locksmith when she had been locked out of her car in Lot 22. The locksmith arrived and opened the vehicle for the complainant, and then charged her $500. The officer referred her to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau as well as the Division of Consumer Protection.

DUI
An officer checked license plates at the Y-Trailhead and found a vehicle that showed it did not have insurance. The officer stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation as it left the trailhead. The officer verified that the vehicle did not have insurance and learned that the driver had a suspended license for no insurance. Officers also located alcohol in the passenger footwell of the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger admitted to drinking alcohol in their vehicle while parked at the trailhead. The driver submitted to field sobriety tests, which indicated that he was too impaired to drive. The officer arrested and booked the driver into Utah County Jail for DUI, no insurance, suspended license, drinking in a vehicle, and failure to signal. The officer cited the passenger for drinking in a vehicle. The vehicle was impounded for DUI and no insurance.
 
Traffic Accident
An officer was dispatched to call the complainant regarding a delayed traffic accident. The complainant stated that both parties had exchanged information at the time of the accident and were unsure if they needed a police report. The complainant stated that they had already filed a claim with the insurance company. The officer advised the complainant that a police report was not necessary as traffic accidents are a civil matter and that we were just there to facilitate the exchange of information. The officer answered further questions and the complainant stated that they understood and did not need any further help.

Harassment
An Officer was dispatched to contact a female student by phone who was concerned about being harassed by a man she had dated and now won’t leave her alone. The Officer talked with the complainant and then met with her in person at the Police Department. The Officer determined that the facts of this case were borderline harassment and attempted contact with the male suspect. The Officer was not able to contact the suspect but left a message on his last known telephone number, requesting a callback and advising him to STOP any further contact with the complainant. The complainant was advised to follow up with this case if the suspect has any other direct or indirect contact with her. This report will be referred to investigations and BYU Police Victims Advocate.

 Traffic Accident
An Officer was dispatched to a BYU parking lot on a report of a hit-and-run accident report. The Officer met with the complainant who believed his vehicle was damaged while parked at that location sometime today. The Officer followed up by reviewing camera footage of the incident location and was able to view the complainant's vehicle from the time it arrived until the time of report and found no evidence to support the belief that the damage occurred at that location. The complainant was contacted and told of the Officer's findings. Case closed pending further investigative leads.

 Suspicious
An Officer took a report on a suspicious circumstance in Lot 22. A concerned person reported seeing a suspicious person remove food items concealed under their food handler's coat and put them into the trunk of a car. The complainant has observed this person doing the same thing over an extended period and decided to report it. Information was gathered and referred to the Investigations Division for follow-up.

Vehicle Burglary
An Officer was dispatched on a Vehicle Burglary that occurred in a campus parking lot. The owner had left the vehicle unlocked and returned to find the laptop had been stolen. Officers are working on viewing camera footage to determine suspect information and will refer this case to investigations for follow-up.

Suspicious
Officers were dispatched to the Snell building for a suspicious female. Reporting parties advised the female was talking to herself and acting strangely. Officers located the female who advised she had recently been discharged from the hospital for suicidal thoughts and mental issues. The female requested to be checked into the hospital again and stated she was still suicidal. Officers transported the female to UVRMC for a voluntary commitment.



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Police Beat • 02/15/2024

February 17, 2024 08:11 AM
Hazardous Conditions

A police officer responded to lot 2 after a concerned citizen reported that the push bar gate in lot 2 was damaged, and the bar was in the roadway causing a hazard. When the officer arrived, he found the bar had already been removed from the roadway and placed on the grass. The officer asked dispatch to notify the grounds department to have a work order placed for the gate to be fixed.

Disturbance

An officer responded to the Indoor Practice Field on a report of individuals trespassing there. When the officer arrived, he met with BYU extramural staff who had asked three individuals to leave the facility. The officer contacted the individuals and asked them to leave. The individuals did not leave. The officer explained that they would be arrested for trespassing if they refused to leave. The individuals complied with the officer and left the building.

Suspicious

An officer responded by phone to a delayed report of suspicious circumstances regarding a man who had visited the Former President’s Home earlier in the day. The complainant reported that a Caucasian man, about six feet tall, with a large nose and dark hair, wearing a white shirt and tie had visited the building, and made strange comments to the employees. The complainant reported that one of their employees had also seen the same man on the south side of the Joseph Smith building later in the day.

Traffic Accident

An officer was dispatched to Helaman Halls, to the west of the Taylor Building, to take a vehicle accident report. The officer took photos of both vehicles and attached them electronically to the report. The drivers exchanged contact, vehicle, and insurance information.

Harassment

An officer was dispatched to phone contact regarding a possible harassment incident. The officer called the complainant but received no answer. The officer left a voicemail and a text message requesting a call back.

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Police Beat • 02/14/2024

February 15, 2024 03:54 PM
Fire Alarm

An officer responded to Helaman Halls, Stover Hall on a fire alarm. The officer observed the odor of burnt incense or candles. No smoke or flames were present. The alarm was caused by someone activating a pull station inside the building.

Theft

An officer responded by telephone to a report of a bike theft in Heritage Halls. The officer contacted the complainant who reported that their red Fezzari brand bicycle had been stolen from the bike racks near Heritage Halls, building 15. The case is under investigation.

Suspicious

An officer responded to Lot 52 on a report of suspicious circumstances. It was reported that there was a car with bullet holes in it by the Foreign Language Student Residences. The officer located the vehicle, which did appear to have bullet holes in it. The officer contacted the owner and checked on their well-being. The owner stated that they were okay and that the vehicle had bullet holes in it at the time they purchased it.

Found Person

Officers were dispatched to a lost child at the WSC. Before the officers arrived, the child was reunited with their parents. No action was taken.

Medical

BYU EMS responded to the Smith Field House to a report of an individual who injured their arm. The patient was transported by private vehicle to an Insta-Care for further medical treatment.

Fire Alarm

An officer responded to Taylor Hall on a fire alarm. No smoke or flames were present. The alarm was silenced and BYU electrical was notified so the alarm could be properly reset. The alarm was caused by someone activating a pull station inside the building.

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Police Beat • 02/13/2024

February 15, 2024 03:30 PM
Accident – Hit and Run

An officer responded to Lot 18 for a report of a delayed hit and run. The officer met with the complainant, who stated that their vehicle had been hit while it was parked and unoccupied in Lot 18. The incident was documented, and the complainant was given a case number.

Traffic Offense

An officer responded to Lot 52 regarding a traffic offense. The officer arrived in the area but was unable to find a vehicle matching the description given.

Suspicious

BYU Police officers responded to Heritage Halls, building 5, on a delayed report of a suspicious male. The complainant stated that they observed a male, 20 to 30 minutes before reporting him, who was standing barefoot in the Heritage 05 lobby, and matched the description of a stalking suspect from a previous case. Two officers responded to the building and searched the area but could not locate him.

Family Problem

An officer responded to the Information Technology Building on a report of a family problem involving a juvenile. When the officer arrived, the officer met with the family and the juvenile. The officer transported the juvenile to a treatment facility without incident.

Harassment

A BYU officer responded by telephone to a report of electronic harassment. The case is under investigation.

Medical

BYU EMS and an officer responded to the Benson Building on a report of an individual feeling sick. The patient was transported to the Student Health Center urgent care.

Suspicious

Officers responded to HR 12 on a report of a suspicious male asking for help finding a female. It was reported that the suspicious male had entered the lobby of Heritage Halls Building 12. Officers located the male who was delivering packages for Walmart. The officer located the female who needed to sign for her delivered package.

Fraud

An officer responded to the Jesse Knight Building on a fraud report. The complainant reported being scammed out of money electronically. The case has been referred to Investigations for follow-up.

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Police Beat • 02/10/2024 to 02/12/2024

February 15, 2024 02:43 PM
Agency Assist

Two BYU officers responded to the area of Lavell Edwards Stadium on an agency assist for Provo Police regarding a report of a potential kidnapping. The officers remained in the area for approximately 30 minutes but were unable to locate any suspects.

Y-Medical

First responders and BYU EMS responded to a medical incident that occurred at the Marriott Center during a sporting event. The patient was outside and had passed out. The patient was evaluated and transported via private vehicle to the hospital.

DUI

A police officer was traveling northbound on State Street in Provo when they observed a vehicle driving extremely slowly and swerving out of its lane of travel and into the bike lane twice. The officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon contact with the driver, the officer observed signs of impairment as well as the presence of the odor of alcohol. After performing standardized Field Sobriety Tests the driver of the vehicle was arrested for DUI and booked into Utah County Jail. The vehicle was impounded.

Suspicious

An officer was dispatched to the area of Wymount Terrace on a report of possible fireworks in the area. The officer contacted the individuals who were off campus and setting off fireworks to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Contact was made with the complainant to explain the noises they were hearing.

Suspicious

A police officer took a report of a suspicious male making unwanted contact with a female student. This case has been referred to the investigations division.

 Medical

A police officer, Provo Paramedics, and BYU EMS responded to a residence in Wyview Park on a report of a baby having a medical emergency. When the officer responded, Provo Paramedics were on the scene assessing the patient. The patient was transported by paramedics to Utah Valley Hospital.

 Found Property

A concerned student found a holstered handgun left in a restroom stall in the Tanner Building and reported it to their professor. An officer located the handgun, identified the owner, and took appropriate action.

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Police Beat • 02/09/24

February 11, 2024 09:32 AM
Suspicious
An officer responded to the McKay Building after an anonymous complainant reported seeing two individuals using a tool at the bike rack to unlock a bike. The complaint did not describe the suspects or their exact location. The officer observed high foot traffic between the buildings and the bike racks but found no suspicious activity.

Medical
BYU EMS and BYU Police responded to a medical report at the Harman Continuing Education Building. The patient had called complaining of a minor injury. BYU EMS evaluated and treated the patient before releasing them per their protocols. The injury had occurred at an earlier time off campus.

Welfare Check
An officer responded to Lot 41 Helaman Halls to check on a student who reportedly was feeling suicidal a couple of weeks ago. The officers met with the student and their friend. Initially, the student did not want to talk to the officers. The friend said the student made a statement about wanting to harm themselves a couple of weeks ago, and the friend was concerned about them. The student said they did not have a plan to harm themselves.

The student agreed to answer the questions of an on-call BYU CAPS counselor. The CAPS counselor spoke with the student and afterward reported that they developed a safety plan and communicated it to the officers. The CAPS counselor and officers determined the student was not a harm to themselves or others at that time.

Medical
An officer responded to the Nichols Building to assist Provo Fire with a medical call. When the officer arrived, they learned the patient was in the adjacent Benson Building. After directing Provo Fire to the patient's area, the officer learned that the patient was working in a lab on the fourth floor and was trying to move solvent from one container. Witnesses stated that the solvent splashed on the patient's face. Provo Fire said the substance could potentially cause second-degree burns, so they obtained consent from the patient and then transported them to Utah Valley Hospital. BYU Risk Management was informed of the incident and arrived on the scene.

Accident – Property Damage
A BYU officer took a report of a minor traffic accident that occurred in Lot 50 between a BYU commercial truck and a personally owned vehicle in a parking lot. The BYU vehicle sustained no notable damage, and the other vehicle sustained minor cosmetic damage to the driver-side taillight. The officer provided both parties with a driver exchange form.

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Police Beat • 02/08/2024

February 08, 2024 05:03 PM
Fire Alarm
An officer responded to the Benson Building on a fire alarm. The officer walked to the lower level, where the alarm panel indicated the smoke was detected. The officer did not detect any smoke or fire and silenced the alarm.

Medical
An officer responded to the WSC on a report of an individual who had fallen while roller-skating during an event, injuring their tailbone. BYU EMS responded and evaluated the patient. The patient opted to be transported to urgent care by a friend.

Theft
An officer responded to the theft of a purse from the third floor of the Tanner building. The victim left their purse on the floor while doing custodial work. An officer reviewed security surveillance cameras and found a suspect taking the purse within two minutes of being left and walking into a study room. The BYU police detectives are following up on the surveillance footage to identify the suspect.

Medical
An officer responded to the Richards Building, where an individual was playing basketball and injured their shoulder. BYU EMS responded and treated the patient for a possible dislocated shoulder. Several friends of the individual gave them a ride to the Utah Valley Hospital Insta-care.

Medical
An officer responded to the Richards Building for an individual who had potentially dislocated their shoulder while playing racquetball. BYU EMS responded and evaluated the patient. They opted to be transported to an urgent care center by their friend.

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Police Beat • 02/07/2024

February 08, 2024 01:34 PM
Agency Assist
Officers responded to Kiwanis Park to assist Provo Police with a possible disorderly individual damaging property. BYU officers arrived first in the area and located the individual. The individual immediately became more agitated, started to hit themselves, and aggressively approached the officers. For officer safety and the safety of the individual, the officers drew their Tasers. However, on further observation, the officers determined that the individual could be having a mental health crisis. A citizen approached the officers and stated that the individual was their adult son and that they were autistic and in crisis. Officers determined, along with Provo PD, that nothing criminal had occurred. Officers let the individual leave further into Kiwanis Park per the parents' request, who said they would de-escalate their adult son.

Suspicious
A complainant reported two people in a large pickup truck shining a light into other vehicles parked at the Y trailhead. The responding officer located the described truck and contacted the two occupants. The officer did not observe anything suspicious but advised the two of the complaint and asked them to refrain from using their lights in this manner, and the department received no other complaints.

Found Property
An officer took a report on found keys in the Talmadge Building. The officer took the keys and left them in the building care office, which serves as that building's lost and found.

Animal Problem
An officer responded to Harmond Building for an injured deer. The officer found a deer severely injured after being hit by a car. The deer was lying in the bushes near the building. The officer put down the deer using their duty weapon. The officer notified the BYU Grounds Office to pick up and transport the deer.

Suspicious
An officer responded to the LDS Philanthropies Building on a 15-minute delay of a suspicious individual in the lobby. The officer searched the building but did not find the individual. The officer met with the building manager, who pulled security camera footage and verified that the suspicious individual had left the building.

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Police Beat • (02/06/2024)

February 07, 2024 10:39 AM
Hit & Run Accident:
An officer took a hit-and-run accident report in lot 39. The complainant believed their vehicle was damaged while parked in the lot. No one left a note or any other information about the accident.

Attempt-to-Locate:
The BYU Dispatch Center reported that a vehicle registered to an individual with a University Ban entered campus several times, passing the LPR System. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle on campus but did not find it.

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Police Beat • 02/03/2024 to 02/05/2024

February 06, 2024 05:04 PM
Welfare Check
BYU Police took a report of a BYU student at Helaman Halls having suicidal ideations. The officer spoke with the student who said they had been suicidal earlier in the day but was now with their relative in Provo. The student said they were no longer having any suicidal ideations and were not planning to harm themselves. The officer gave the student several resources including the 988-suicide hotline number as well as CAPS contact information. BYU Police administration was notified about this incident.

Fire Investigation
An officer and Provo Fire responded to the report of a dumpster fire. There were no flames, but smoke was coming from a dumpster at Wymount Terrace. Provo Fire extinguished whatever was creating the smoke. The cause is unknown.

Citizen Contact
Officers responded to a vehicle theft report in Lot 30. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they found their vehicle and no longer needed police assistance.

Fire Alarm
An officer responded to Heritage Halls for a fire alarm. The officer found the alarm was triggered by steam from a shower. The officer silenced the alarm.

Traffic Stop
An officer observed a vehicle that did not stop at a stop sign. The officer stopped the vehicle and found that the driver did not have insurance or vehicle registration. The officer impounded the vehicle, cited, and released the driver.

Lewdness
An officer responded to the call of a 13-year-old male who reported lewdness in the Richards Building men's locker room. The officer spoke to the juvenile, who said he and two other 14-year-old friends were in the sauna on the east side of the men's locker room when three males entered the sauna together. The juvenile stated a fourth male, probably at least 18 years of age, entered the sauna without any clothes on or a towel covering their body. The juvenile described the suspect. The juvenile said the suspect male then engaged in conversation that was derogatory towards women. This case will be referred to the Detective Division for further follow-up.

Trespassing
Officers responded to a call of trespass at the closed soccer fields north of the Student Athlete Building. Officers found approximately 80 individuals playing soccer. Officers explained that fields were closed, and they all left without incident.

Suspicious
A concerned person reported hearing a whistle and shouting coming from outside their building. Officer spoke to several individuals outside the building that were seen on camera, but they did not have a whistle and denied shouting or causing a disturbance. The officer did not observe any suspicious activity in the area while searching.

Medical
A missionary passed out at the MTC and was having trouble breathing. Provo Fire and BYU Police responded. When units arrived, the patient had regained consciousness. The patient passed out again before regaining consciousness and vomiting. The patient reported that they had chest pain earlier in the day. Provo Fire transported the patient to the ER by for further treatment.

Theft
An officer took a theft report. The reporting party stated that sometime between 1/28 and 1/30, a set of keys came up missing from their office in the WSC. The RP said that there was a suspicious individual near their office on Sunday, but after the reporting party made contact with the individual, they left the area. The individual was seen checking doors. The RP does not know if the suspicious individual and the missing keys are related.

Citizen Contact
An officer spoke with a Teaching Assistant (TA) who works in a lab on campus and was reporting an incident that happened in the lab the prior day. A student made a statement in frustration, telling the TA that if they (the student) had an AR-15, the lab would be shut down for a month. The TA believes the student was joking but advised them that they have to report the incident. Officers contacted the student and did a risk assessment. After the risk assessment, the student made arrangements for a family member to keep his firearms for safekeeping. The officer stood by as the firearms were given to the family member. The proper notifications were made to the BYU administration.

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