Crime Watch: Outbreak of criminal activity before winter break


Suspects arrested for possession of firearm on campus

Last Tuesday, parts of UCR Family Housing were lit up by searchlights from an overhead police helicopter, as the University of California Police Department (UCPD) searched the area well into the night for suspects who fled the scene following a short police chase.

Earlier that night, officers were following a vehicle that ran a red light around 10:20 p.m. According to the UCPD, the vehicle did not stop immediately and continued onto Linden Street and Canyon Crest Drive near Family Housing. When the vehicle finally stopped, three suspects inside the car fled the scene.

Multiple police officers, community service officers, a search dog and a police helicopter were brought in to set up a perimeter around Family Housing and search the area for the suspects. UCPD was able to arrest two of the three but was unable to locate the third suspect. Officers suspended the search around midnight.

The two arrested suspects were Brandon Durousseau and James Marks. Durousseau was arrested on a previous outstanding warrant while Marks was booked on possession of a loaded firearm on school property.

According to Lieutenant Jason Day, the suspects were not students and did not have a connection to the university.

Officers are continuing to search for the remaining individual.

Individual shot, killed near First Street

A Riverside man was shot and killed by a Riverside police officer late Friday, Nov. 22 after the man allegedly opened fire on the officer.

The slain individual was identified as 37-year-old Riverside resident Adolfo Ramirez.

According to a police report, the unidentified officer was checking on a parked vehicle around 11:30 p.m. when a person armed with a handgun emerged from the car. The officer took shelter behind his vehicle and radioed for assistance. The two exchanged fire, during which Ramirez fired three shots and was killed by the officer.

The Riverside Police Department is pursuing an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Attempted burglary at Stonehaven Student Housing

A Stonehaven resident was the victim of an attempted burglary last Saturday, Nov. 23.

At about 5:55 p.m., the resident witnessed an unidentified male entering her apartment through a window and yelled. The intruder then fled through the apartment complex. UCPD was called to respond, and is investigating the incident.

According to the UCPD, crimes increase as the holiday season approaches. The department encourages students to secure or remove their belongings from their residence before leaving for winter break.

UCPD to students: Be vigilant of online modeling scams

UCPD is urging female students to be wary of online modeling agencies that “scam” students into posing nude and providing personal information.

According to the police department, some websites such as Facebook or Skype have been used as a platform to search for female students. An online statement from UCPD reported that students have been asked to share photos and videos and pay a fee for modeling services.

“If an electronic invitation is received, please do not fall for this scam,” read an online statement by the police department.

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