Eugene Police share attempted car-jacking near campus
The University of Oregon is sharing the following news release from Eugene Police, which was distributed to local media on February 15, 2016 at 1:38 p.m., because of the seriousness of the report and the proximity to campus and student residences.
Attempted Car Jacking at 14th and Mill
EPD Case 1702442
At 4:36 p.m. on February 14, 2017, 25-year-old man from Eugene was parked near 14th Avenue and Mill Street. A man he didn’t know opened the passenger door and displayed a handgun. The victim hit the gas and accelerated away. The suspect fell on the ground and then ran from the scene.
Police officers and a K9 unit arrived on scene and conducted a search and did not locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, age 35-40, approximately 5’10” to 5’11”, with a medium build, hair below his ears and possibly a goatee. He was last seen wearing a maroon sweatshirt, white undershirt and blue jeans.
This incident is under investigation by Eugene Police. Anyone with information about this or similar crimes should contact Eugene Police at 541-682-5111, or in an emergency call 9-1-1.
The University of Oregon will not have or provide further information on the above Eugene Police Department case; please refer to local media or the Eugene Police website for future information if available. The following general tips may be useful to the campus community:
SAFETY TIPS FROM UOPD
No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
- It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
- Bystanders should try to be aware of their surroundings, and if there are signs of a person in distress, bystanders should make themselves known and offer assistance if it is safe to do so, and/or seek immediate help from police or security personnel.
- Every person and situation is different; survivors must decide for themselves what actions or responses are safest in any situation. If someone attempts to touch you against your will, you have the right to yell "NO" loudly, or do whatever is necessary to get the person to let go, and flee to a safe place and seek help. When safe, try to remember as much as possible about the person's appearance and behavior. Regardless of what happens during an incident, you have the right to report the crime and to receive services and accommodations.
- Assaults by strangers are far less common than assaults by people known to survivors. Self-defense classes can prepare people to deter or escape an assault, and have benefits for improved awareness and confidence. Credit courses are available from the Physical Education department under the "PEMA" subject code (http://uocatalog.uoregon.edu/pe_rec/#courseinventory) and from UOPD and SAPP (http://police.uoregon.edu/content/self-defense).
- Students may use UO Safe Ride (541-346-RIDE ext. 2), call a taxicab, or contact UOPD for an on-campus escort (541-346-2919).
- For emergencies or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious, illegal or unusual activity on campus, call UOPD at 541-346-2919.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SURVIVORS OF CRIME
- Survivors have a right to report crimes to police and have crimes investigated and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
- Call 541-346-SAFE at any time or visit safe.uoregon.edu to learn about options and resources.
- For students, a range of support services are available through the Office of the Dean of Students, 541-346-3216; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For students, personal counseling and other support services are available through the University Counseling and Testing Center, 541-346-3227 (available 24 hours); counseling.uoregon.edu/dnn.
- For students, medical and sexual assault examination services are available at University Health Center, 541-346-2770; healthcenter.uoregon.edu.
- For employees, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 541-346-3123, and Office of Human Resources, 541-346-3159, can assist in connecting to resources.
- Other community resources available are Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), 541-343-7277 (24 hour crisis line) or 541-484-9791, Womenspace, 541-485-8232 or 541-485-6513 (24 hour crisis line), and White Bird Clinic Counseling, 541-342-8255 541-687-4000 (24 hour crisis line).