Dear Campus Community,
An armed robber stole a backpack from a La Verne commuter student who was coming to visit a friend at the Oaks residence hall about 11:30 p.m. Monday February 8.
At this point, we would like to stress that there is no active assailant on campus.
The University issued a lockdown message to the campus via the Emergency Notification System shortly after the incident and all who were on campus at the time were asked to stay indoors. La Verne police apprehended a man suspected in the crime a short time later on the railroad tracks near campus, but subsequently released him when it was determined he was not linked to the armed robbery.
La Verne Police Department conducted a thorough search on campus and the surrounding area, and the University only lifted the lockdown shortly after 1 a.m., once LVPD concluded the search and did not find the suspect. They continue to actively investigate the case. Campus Safety is increasing patrols. We ask students, faculty and staff to remain diligent and aware of their surroundings.
We invite the campus community to attend a meeting at 1 p.m. today at Campus Center Ballroom A to discuss the incident and share resources for assistance. Various representatives from University departments including Campus Safety, housing and counseling will be present to answer questions.
Please activate your emergency notification system (E2Campus) account so you can receive emergency alerts in a timely manner. You may contact the Help Desk at extension 4130 for assistance. We recommend adding the University’s security app LiveSafe, by logging on to http://sites.laverne.edu/technology/livesafe-emergency-application/.
Additionally, anyone who feels the need for counseling due to this incident may reach out to our Counseling and Psychological Services department at (909) 448-4105 during business hours and (909) 448-4650 after hours.
Campus Safety recommends that students, faculty and staff travel with a friend or in a group and use well-lit, well-traveled routes to get to your destination. You may also request an escort through Campus Safety, 909-448-4950. Please report any suspicious activity using the same number.
Interim Senior Director, Campus Safety and Transportation