Police Files 4/6/2022: Harassment, threat of extortion

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Maggie Willard

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Tori Coker, Content Editor

Harassing Communications

Around 3:00 a.m. on March 10, 2022, an Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) officer was following up on several reported disturbances inside Hamlin Hall when he spoke to a resident who reported that she kept receiving unwanted visits from one individual she knew and several others she didn’t, with the latter group making attempts to fight her upon arrival.

The victim had reportedly been arguing frequently with the subject she knew leading up to the string of incidents. Upon being contacted, said subject claimed to have been threatened by the victim during their disputes.

All three subjects were ordered to refrain from contacting the victim further, with the latter two advised to remain within the dorm until 7 a.m., when they were to leave.

The next night — around 2:21 a.m. on March 11 — the OUPD officer was informed by the victim that the subjects had returned to her dorm, despite her objections to contact with the subject she knew and the previous orders made to the ones she didn’t to depart campus. The latter group was reportedly once again making attempts to fight her.

Upon arriving, the OUPD officer saw subject(s) outside of the victim’s door before attempts to flee were made. Detainment of the two threatening subjects followed — in response, one of them began behaving disorderly, resisting the officer’s verbal commands and physical attempts to subdue her before she was led out of the building. Both subjects were ultimately released at the scene and ordered a second time not to return to campus.

Extortion – Threat to Injure Reputation

Around 1:08 a.m. on March 11, 2022, the OUPD was contacted by someone on campus reporting a threat of extortion.

The victim reported that he had received a direct message via Instagram around 12:30 a.m. from someone he did not recognize but who shared mutual followers with him. The two parties began a conversation that eventually moved onto Snapchat and gradually evolved into one of sexual nature. The subject began sending the victim nude photos, before requesting a photo of the victim’s face. The victim complied with this request, though did not reciprocate the sharing of nudity.

The subject then sent the victim a nude photo of someone who looked similar to the victim — close enough so that the victim was not positive it wasn’t him in the photo. The subject threatened to send this photo to friends and family of the victim’s through social media unless he received $400 from the victim.

The victim did not comply with this last request, opting instead to block the subject on each account he knew to be his. The subject then attempted to make contact through a different account — in all, he utilized three different profiles in efforts to reach the victim.