Case announces arrests of teens, new safety programs after students robbed

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CLEVELAND — Case Western Reserve University police announced on Thursday the arrests of three Cleveland teenagers, accused of robbing students at gunpoint in the university’s Wade Campus building on July 19.

Two of the suspects are 16; the third is 13 years old. All three face multiple charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, and one count each of aggravated burglary.

Police said one of the teens reportedly waved a silver handgun and demanded laptops and cell phones from the victims.

In a press release, Case Western Reserve Police Chief Arthur Hardee, said, “I commend Detective Schemmel and our officers for the energy and intensity they brought to identifying the perpetrators of this crime. I also want to thank the University Circle and Cleveland police departments for their assistance on the day of the incident, as well as their additional vigilance in the northeast area of campus since then.”

Also announced on Thursday: major new programs to increase safety on campus ahead of students returning in August.

The university said in the next few weeks, it will launch a targeted crime-prevention program for the northeast part of campus.

That includes:

  • The appointment of several new security officers, who will patrol in the evening and early-morning hours. Case said most of the new officers will patrol from the North Residential Village to classroom buildings south and west of student housing. Patrols will extend to East Blvd. and Bellflower Rd. One officer will be stationed in an elevated security booth in the heart of the North Residential Village. The university said the approach is designed to cover key areas where students and others walk after dark.
  • The assignment of a nighttime police supervisor to coordinate short and longer-term initiatives to gather intelligence, identify potential risks and deploy officers strategically to address potential trouble spots.

The university also said that first-year students will attend multiple orientation sessions regarding university policies and ways to increase their own personal safety (Example: calling the campus Safe Ride van when traveling across campus or to the Coventry neighborhood in Cleveland Heights after dark.)

In September, the university will host a safety fair for all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional.)

This fall, Case will evaluate physical security measures, including lighting, cameras and access control to buildings.

The university said it will also retain an external expert to provide a comprehensive assessment of all police and security efforts on campus.

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