Dear Campus Community:
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at approximately 12:31 a.m., the CI Police Department received a report of suspicious subjects in a vehicle on Ventura St. heading toward University Dr. The caller reported that four subjects were in a vehicle on Ventura St., and that one of the subjects in the vehicle stated that they were lost and asked for directions. The caller believed that the subjects were not affiliated with CSU Channel Islands, and that their presence on campus was suspicious. A CI police officer located the vehicle driving on campus shortly thereafter and conducted a traffic stop in the SH2 parking lot after observing a traffic violation. At that time, the CI police dispatcher informed the officer that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles.
As the subjects inside the vehicle were being detained, officers saw that the driver had an injury to the front of his abdomen. The subject told officers that he had been stabbed. He said that the incident occurred somewhere in Los Angeles and he did not know who it was that stabbed him. The subject was uncooperative and failed to provide officers with any additional details about the stabbing.
The driver of the vehicle was transported by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital for treatment of superficial wounds to his abdomen. He was released from the hospital after a short time and was taken into custody by CI Police for suspicion of vehicle theft.
CI Police have coordinated with Los Angeles Police Department as well as allied law enforcement agencies in Ventura County, and as of this time there is no further information available regarding a stabbing incident. Police are certain that the stabbing did not occur on the CI campus.
All four subjects were booked at the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft.
There is no information to suggest that any of these crimes occurred on the CI campus or involved any members of the CI community, and at no time was there any threat to members of CI community.
CI Police Department
11/9/15 Robbery-Crime Alert and Timely Warning Notice
On the afternoon of November 9, 2015, a male subject reported to the CI Police Department that he had been robbed on campus the night before. The victim reported that on November 8, 2015, at approximately 9:00 p.m., he was on foot at the corner of Camarillo Street and Channel Islands Drive when he was approached by four male subjects wearing bandanas. The subjects physically assaulted the victim, took his wallet, and fled in an unknown direction.
The incident is being investigated by the CI Police Department. If you have information about this case, please contact the CI Police Department at 805-437-8444. You may also provide crime information anonymously by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
Robbery is a crime of violence that can threaten any person or business. Remember that money and material items can be replaced, but your life cannot. To protect yourself from becoming the victim of robbery, consider the following safety tips:
- Travel well-lit and populated routes. Avoid walking or parking in dark or shadowed areas. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to your surroundings. Glance under your car, around it, and in the back seat before you get in.
- Avoid text messaging or talking on the phone unless you absolutely need to use the phone.
- Avoid displaying and carrying large sums of money in public. Only carry the credit cards you need.
- Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. A purse snatcher could injure you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
- There’s safety in numbers. Consider walking to class, doing errands, or shopping with a friend or two, especially at night.
- If you are confronted, cooperate! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards, electronics, etc. Your life is more valuable than your possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering the person’s description and call police immediately.
- Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the CI Police Department by calling 805-437-8444 or 911.
09/29/14 4:45 PM Subject: Timely Warning - Burglaries in Bell Tower East
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 28, 2014, CI Police received a report that a faculty office space on the 2nd floor of Bell Tower East was burglarized, and two computers and an external hard drive were taken from inside the office. Unknown subject(s) broke a window to access the doorknob and gain entry into the office. The crime is believed to have occurred between Friday at about 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at about 3:00 p.m. In the same area, with a timeframe of Saturday at about 6:00 a.m. and Monday at about 8:30 a.m., two computers were stolen from a table top in a common area of Bell Tower East. CI Police are investigating these possibly-related crimes, and at this point there are no suspects.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim of burglary, take steps to safeguard your property and prevent it from being seen as a desirable target to thieves. Ensure that offices and other personal spaces are secured when unattended, and that exterior doors remain closed at all times. Contact the CI Police Department immediately if you notice suspicious persons or circumstances.
If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact the CI Police Department at 805-437-8444. You may also report crime information anonymously by contacting Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
10/12/13 7:17 PM Subject: Timely Warning- Sexual Assault (Rape) Follow-up Information
The suspect in this case, CI Student Torell Smith, age 19, was arrested today at approximately 6:10 p.m. With regard to this case, there remains no continuing threat to the campus community. If you have additional information about this crime, please contact the CI Police Department at 805-437-8444.
10/12/13 5:01 PM Subject: Timely Warning - Sexual Assault (Rape)
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the CI Police Department responded to the report of rape inside a residence in Santa Cruz Village at approximately 11:30 that morning. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately 18-20 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build. The investigation is underway.
To protect yourselves from becoming the victim of rape or other sexual assault, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be careful about when and where you drink alcohol, and always keep an eye on your drink. Use the buddy system when you attend parties or other social gatherings. Communicate openly and directly with your partner about sex. Be sure your friends know where you are, and most of all, trust your instincts.
If you have information about this crime, please contact the CI Police Department immediately at 805-437-8444. You may also provide crime information anonymously by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org
05/14/13 Timely Warning Follow-up
Yesterday, the CI Police Department issued a timely warning notification to the campus community, alerting you to the fact that a robbery was reported to have occurred on Camarillo Street at Lewis Road, on public property immediately adjacent to the CI Campus. As of this morning, the only additional information to report is an enhanced description of the suspect.
The suspect is described as being a white male in his early 20’s, approximately 5 feet 8inches tall with a thin build. He had shaggy, shoulder-length, dirty blond hair, an unkempt appearance, and he was barefoot. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown-colored T-shirt.
If we receive new information about this case you will be notified, as appropriate. If you have information about this case, please contact the Camarillo Police Department at 805-388-5100. You may also report crime information anonymously by contacting Ventura County Crime Stoppers at http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/ or 800-222-TIPS.
05/13/13 Timely Warning - Robbery Adjacent to CI Campus
On Monday, May 13, 2013, at approximately 5:15 p.m. deputies with the Camarillo Police Department received a report of a robbery that had occurred at the book buy-back van approximately 4:45 p.m. The van was parked on Camarillo Street at Lewis Road, on public property immediately adjacent to the CI Campus.
It was reported that a male subject approached the book buy-back vendor and demanded money. The subject then physically assaulted the vendor, took personal property, and fled on foot, southbound on Camarillo Street. No weapons were involved in the robbery.
The suspect is described as being a white male in his early 20’s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. The subject had dirty blond shaggy hair, an unkempt appearance, and he was barefoot.
Further inquiries should be directed to the Camarillo Police Department at 805-388-5100.
To protect yourself from becoming the victim of robbery, take steps to be seen as an undesirable target. Robberies mostly occur during the hours of darkness. Robbers tend to like isolation, prefer lone victims, good escape routes, and few witnesses in addition to a good cash score. Consider the following:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with a purpose, with your head up, and looking around.
- Be conscious of people just “hanging around” anywhere, especially near pay phones, public rest rooms, building entrances, etc.
- Be aware of people around you when you when using an ATM. When you go to a bank, restaurant, convenience store, etc., do not openly display large sums of cash.
- Be cautious when wearing “flashy” jewelry or carrying valuable items.
- Stay in lighted areas at night. The robber does not want to be seen.
- Stay with the crowd. There is safety in numbers.
- Vary your routine. Don’t do the same thing at exactly the same time every day.
- If someone watches you closely, follows you, or otherwise acts suspiciously, get to a well-lit populated area and contact the police.
11-2-11 4:15 p.m.
SoCal Edison has informed the University that all power to the campus will be shut down at approximately 4:30 p.m. today due to wind damage to power poles and will remain out for approximately 12 hours. All classes and activities have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Additional information will be available at the University's Hotline at 805-437-3911 or Web site at: www.csuci.edu.