Police Files: June 5, 2019

Ben Hume, Web Editor

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Snapchat stalker

The Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) received a concerning behavior complaint that came in from a student on the afternoon of March 25, 2019. The email from the student contained several screenshots of unwanted Snapchat messages and calls from a blocked number. Half an hour after reading the complaint, OUPD reached out to the concerned student via phone call.

The student returned OUPD’s call an hour later with further details. He said he had been receiving unwanted messages from this person throughout the last year. He said he had been ignoring them until now because the person was including threatening messages regarding his friends and family as well.

The officer asked if he knew the person harassing him, or if he had any previous relationship with them. He said he did not know the person, but thinks she lived in Vandenberg Hall and was able to provide a first name. He told the officer he did not wish to press charges, but wanted the harassment to stop. The officer said he would look into the matter and contact him when he found out more information with what the victim provided.

The officer found two students with a matching first name in Vandenberg Hall, and one of the two matched the description given. After a few failed attempts over two days to garner a response at her room, a neighbor contacted her and had her call OUPD. When asked if she was the person who had been sending unwanted Snapchat messages and calls, she said yes. OUPD advised her that she could be charged with stalking and harassment charges if she did not stop. She said she understood, and said she would not contact the victim in any way going forward.