Public Safety Advisory: Several Recent Suspicious Soliciting Incidents Reported

Public Safety would like to advise the University of St. Thomas community of several suspicious incidents that recently occurred on and near campus.

On Wednesday, April 2, a UST student reported he was approached by Peter Carter (see Public Safety advisory from Oct. 22, 2013) outside of his residence on Cleveland Avenue. Carter informed the student he was suffering hardships and asked for money. The student gave him money. On Thursday, April 3, Carter returned to the student’s residence and the student gave him a ride to a bus stop at Carter’s request. After telling a friend about the encounter, the student was directed to the October advisory, and realized it was Carter.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6, a student reported two unidentified female suspects accessed 2085 Grand Avenue and were going door to door, soliciting donations for “Children’s Hospital.” The suspects were asking for credit card information.

The first suspect was described as a thin black female, late teens, with dark hair, wearing a gray stocking cap, pink fleece jacket, and tight gray sweat pants. The second suspect was described as a heavy set white female, late teens, with long dark hair, wearing sunglasses, a long sleeved pink shirt, and tight multicolored sweat pants.

That same afternoon, another student reported two unidentified male suspects accessed her apartment complex on Grand Avenue and were soliciting donations for “National Encore, Incorporated.” The student gave the suspects money, but when she asked for the money back, they refused.

The first male suspect was described as a white male, college aged, with blonde hair. The second suspect was described as a white male, thin with average height, college aged, and dark hair.

The University of St. Thomas believes that descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual. They are included here because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of this incident.

For more information, see Public Safety’s April 8 Advisory. Other recent alerts, advisories and bulletins, as well as crime prevention and safety tips, also are posted on the St. Thomas Public Safety website.

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