Student suspected of sneaking into his old dorm room

By Ellie Schuckman
Staff Writer

• On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3:42 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to the main lobby of Wolfe Hall following the report of a suspicious male entering the quad on the second floor of Travers Hall. Upon the officer’s arrival, he met with two witnesses and two other females. At this time, two other males were in the lobby and attempted to leave the building after the officer began to speak with the witnesses, police said. The officer quickly determined that the females were the residents of the quad. At the time of the incident, the two male witnesses were in the lobby on the second floor of Travers. One male witness said he saw a male exit the foyer door of the quad and leave via the stairwell. According to reports, the male witness then entered the quad and woke the sleeping residents to ask if they had a male in the room, but they replied “no.” After the male witness tried unsuccessfully to wake their Community Adviser (CA) to inform him of the situation, he called Campus Police, according to reports. Upon the officer’s arrival, he asked the male witness to describe the male he observed exiting the room. He replied that the taller of the two other males in the lobby resembled the man he saw exiting the room, due to the stain on the back of his shirt. At this time, another officer arrived and escorted the females who live in the quad back to the second floor of Travers. The other officer then separated the two suspects to speak with them. One male stated that the two had been at a house in the surrounding neighborhood with friends and returned to campus around 2:30 a.m. He said that they both went to a room in the Towers, as one is a CA there. The male stated that he took a shower, leaving the other male in his room, police said. The male stated that when he returned to his room about 10 minutes later, the other male was in the same location. When the officer spoke to the other male, he told the same story. Since one of the males is a CA, he stated that when he saw people in distress, he attempted to help. That is when Campus Police arrived. According to reports, the officer went upstairs to meet with the other two residents of the quad. Both said they were asleep at the time of the incident. One of the officers spoke to the female witness and asked about the male she observed. She stated that she only saw his side profile. The officer asked the two suspects to accompany them to Campus Police Headquarters to further speak about the incident, and they both agreed. At 5:27 a.m., the officer spoke to one of the male suspects, who reiterated his story. The male said that he had been drinking earlier in the evening. Later in the interview, the officer asked the male where he had lived his freshman year at the College. He replied that he lived in the exact same room the supposed intruder had entered. The officer asked if he had visited that room since freshman year, but he said he hadn’t. The male continued to deny having entered the room. He said he had blacked out from drinking in the past, but that he does not believe he blacked out or entered the room that night. According to reports, the male stated that if there was even a small possibility that he had entered the room, it would only a 5 percent chance. At 6:40 a.m., the officer spoke to the other male suspect regarding the incident. He, too, told the same story, police said. He stated that he had been drinking, but not an excessive amount. The male also expressed disbelief about the possibility of his friend having entered the room. “I would be absolutely shocked if he did what he is accused of,” he told police. The two suspects met with the College’s Title IX coordinator regarding the incident. There are no charges at this time.

• On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:35 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Eickhoff Hall following the report of an intoxicated female being carried into a dorm room. Upon the officer’s arrival, he spoke to a CA who stated that she observed the incident. The officer spoke to another female student there, who stated that she was at an off-campus party with her roommate when she observed her roommate getting sick, police said. According to reports, the female said they were given a ride home from the party by an unknown person. The student stated that she saw her friend drinking, but did not know what she had consumed. According to police, the officer observed the intoxicated student sitting on the bathroom floor and vomiting into the toilet. The intoxicated student told the officer that she was at an off-campus party drinking Captain Morgan and did not know how much she had. Ewing Township EMS arrived and evaluated the student, who refused additional medical treatment. She was issued a summons for underage drinking.

• On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2:47 a.m., three Campus Police officers were dispatched to the sixth floor of Cromwell Hall following the report of an intoxicated female. Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with a student who stated that he observed an intoxicated student, pantless, sitting on the floor in front of a dorm room. The male stated that he contacted Campus Police because the student appeared to be “passed out.” The officers approached the student and observed her sitting upright against her dorm room, conscious, but not alert. According to reports, the officers observed vomit on the floor around her. One of the officers asked if she was OK, but she was unresponsive to immediate questions. The officer then lifted her head and again asked if she OK. The student mumbled her speech and the officer was unable to understand what she was trying to communicate, police said. At 2:53 a.m., TCNJ EMS arrived and provided patient care. They asked her what and how much she had to drink, to which she responded “vodka.” One of the officers detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath at this time, police said. According to reports, the student also exhibited slurred speech. TCNJ EMS again asked how much alcohol she had consumed, but the student was unresponsive. At 3 a.m., Ewing Township EMS arrived and took over patient care. When the EMTs lifted the student off the floor, she immediately exhibited a loss of balance and disorientation, police said. At 3:08 a.m., the student was transported to the hospital. She was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said.

• On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5:40 p.m., a Campus Police officer met with a student at Campus Police Headquarters who reported a theft. The student stated that he left his iPad Air 2 in room 128 of the Social Sciences Building at the end of his class on Friday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m. According to reports, when the student returned to the room at 11:30 p.m., the door to the classroom was locked and he could only see in through the window. The student reported that he did not see the iPad at this time. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the student went to the lost and found in the Social Sciences Building and in the Library, but had negative results, police said. According to reports, the student sent a snapchat to the tcnj.snap account with the hope of finding the iPad, but had negative results there, as well. The student disabled the iPad and put it in lost mode, police said.

• On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8:45 p.m., a student called Campus Police regarding the theft of his canvas jacket, which he described as red with a blue corduroy collar. According to reports, he was also missing his blue mug, which has “life is good” printed on it in white lettering. The mug was left on one of the tables next to the jacket on the fourth floor of the Decker Hall laundry room at approximately 1 a.m. The student returned at 11 a.m. and found the items missing, police said.

• On Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Bliss Hall to meet with a contractor who reported a stolen golf cart. The contractor stated that he parked the golf cart outside of Bliss Hall at approximately 12:30 p.m. According to reports, the contractor said no other individual had access to the golf cart and that he was the only one in possession of the set of keys. The officer searched the area around Bliss Hall, but had negative results. At approximately 2:40 p.m., the contractor contacted Campus Police dispatch and stated that he found the golf cart in a Lot 5 parking space, police said. The officer met with the contractor, who said there was no damage to the cart. He also stated that the ignition can be turned on without a specific key just by turning it to the “on” position.

• On Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8:35 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Lot 10 following the report of a stolen golf cart. Upon the officer’s arrival, he met with a Building Services worker who stated that between 7:50 p.m. and 8:25 p.m., his golf cart, which was parked next to the shed in Lot 10, was taken. According to reports, the worker said the golf cart could be started with a universal key, but that he was the only employee who was issued a key for that specific golf cart. At 9:06 p.m., a senior security officer notified Campus Police dispatch that he located the golf cart on the sidewalk of Building 200 in Campus Town. According to reports, the officer responded to that location and observed the golf cart on the sidewalk. The golf cart did not appear to be damaged. At 9:11 p.m., an officer escorted the Building Services worker from Lot 10 to Building 200. The worker stated that the golf cart was not damaged and that he would take possession of the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.