UWO students warned about suspicious activity

Jessica Johnson

A UW Oshkosh Titan Alert was sent out Saturday night in regards to suspicious activity involving 7-8 white males chasing a non-student female down Wisconsin Street. The alert was issued after the female was yelled at and chased down the 700 Block of Wisconsin St., followed into JT’s Wash N Mart and then pursued down the street until they drove away. The female involved was not injured, and it is still unknown why the incident occurred, or the reasoning behind it. According to the alert, the male subjects were dressed in dark clothing and were driving a dark colored SUV. University Police Chief Kurt Leibold said the police on duty searched the area, looking for the described vehicle, but didn’t find anything that matched the description.According to Leibold, the Oshkosh Police Department is handling the case, but the UP is in contact with them and is waiting to hear about any updates regarding the case. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter said the University decided to send out a Titan Alert because the event took place close to campus and in an area where many students live and could be impacted. “We take campus safety and security seriously and want to make sure that the campus community is informed about any safety issues, as well as get helpful reminders and information to make this campus more secure,” Roter said. UWO Junior Joe Sobralski said he was surprised and alarmed to see the Titan Alert on Saturday. “It has been a while since the last Titan Alert so I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” Sobralski said. Roter said it takes the involvement of the entire community to make sure everyone stays safe. “We generally include safety information, resources and tips in our Titan Alerts and if appropriate, we include a person with knowledge or leads that would assist in the investigation by contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency or do so anonymously through Crime Stoppers,” Roter said. Sobralski said it is concerning to hear about these incidents, especially occurring so close to campus, but he is glad the University lets the students know what is going on. “On one hand it is unfortunate to get these alerts, but at the same time it’s nice to be in the loop and know where these incidents are occurring,” Sobralski said.