A suspect in the carjacking that happened on July 8 has been taken into custody this morning. The West Allis Police Department apprehended one of two suspected perpetrators, who is now in Marquette University Police Department custody. The vehicle, a red Chevrolet Cruze with license plate number AJR7273, was recovered.
MUPD reminds the campus community to lock all residence and car doors. If you observe any suspicious behavior or fear for your safety at any time, contact MUPD at (414) 288-1911 or through the mobile Blue Light feature on the EagleEye app.
Please note that race, ethnicity, gender and/or religious affiliation are NOT considered the basis for suspicion; only behaviors are considered suspicious.
The purpose of this warning is to aid in the prevention of similar crimes by alerting the community about the incident and to provide information that allows individuals to make informed decisions about their personal safety.
STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED:
- Text alerts inform the campus community of immediate action steps that will preserve safety. These steps include:
- Use caution: If you are in the area, use caution and be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid area: Stay away from the area.
- Shelter in place: Stay where you are until an all clear is given.
- Evacuate: Evacuate the building you are in immediately.
- Run, Hide, Fight: If you can safely leave the area, leave. If you are unable to leave the area safely, find a safe and secure location to hide. If you are left with no other option, use materials at your disposal to fight the active threat.
- Opt in to text alerts via CheckMarq (students) and MyJob (faculty and staff).
- Download the EagleEye safety app for one-click location services and access to MUPD. The app also allows riders to see scheduled arrival times and track EagleExpress in the area. Location services must be enabled. The app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android; it can also be found by searching “Marquette EagleEye” in either app store. Need to enable location services.
- Mobile BlueLight: By tapping a button, MUPD will be dispatched to your device’s location to immediately respond.
- Friend Walk: This allows you to send your location to a friend so the friend can ensure you get to your destination safely or call emergency services if they are concerned. When you finish your trip, disconnect, and it will stop tracking.
- Utilize MUPD’s free EagleExpress transportation services on campus from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. 365 days per year. There are multiple vans in the EagleExpress Services fleet, each holding up to 12 passengers, as well as a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, which holds four passengers. All rides are dispatched and managed through the EagleExpress – Marquette app available at the App Store and Google Play.
- Enter MUPD’s number in your phone so you always have it handy. MUPD non-emergency: (414) 288-6800. MUPD emergency: (414) 288-1911.
- Always travel in pairs or groups and stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
- Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
- Give up your property if approached; do not offer more than is asked of you.
- Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to MUPD using one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
- Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots. Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.).
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well populated, well-lit area and contact MUPD.
- When using a ride-sharing service or taxi for transportation, please take steps to ensure your safety.
- 450 Blue Light emergency phones are located throughout campus. The phones are connected to the MUPD 24-hour communications center and identify the phone location if the caller is unable to speak. The phones can be used to request help or an escort, and to report suspicious activity and crimes.
- 1,200 security cameras across campus provide real-time campus visibility to MUPD.
- The use of alcohol by students under age 21 is against the law and against university policy. If you do plan to drink, be responsible and do so in moderation.