Florida State University Panama City Campus Safety

  • Agency: Florida State University Panama City Campus Safety
  • Address: 830 West Jefferson St, Tallahassee, 32306 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: (850) 644-1234
Fax: (850) 644-3205
Email:

Florida State University Panama City Campus Safety is located at 830 West Jefferson St, Tallahassee, 32306 FL. The Florida State University Panama City Campus Safety phone number is (850) 644-1234.

Florida State University Panama City Campus Safety News

Active Crime Scene: The City of Tallahassee Police have responded to a shooting incident on Lafayette Street. FSUPD officers responded to a nearby car crash that is related to the incident. There is no threat to campus. The shooting incident appears to be between two subjects not affiliated with the university originating from an earlier disagreement. Please avoid the area which will be an active crime scene until more information can be provided by the Tallahassee Police Department.

Arrests Made for Robbery Team: October 24, 2018 On October 23, 2018 at approximately 1:37am the Tallahassee Police Department was made aware of a robbery that occurred near the intersection of Macomb Street and College Avenue. The victim reported that two suspects approached him as he was entering his car. One of the suspects armed with a silver revolver asked for his car keys at gun point. Instead of taking the car, the suspects took the victim's wallet, cellphone, and computer. After the robbery, the victim observed an SUV parked close to him and asked the female driver to call the police. The two armed robbery suspects re-approached the victim, entered the SUV, and fled the area. Fearing a carjacking and abduction had just occurred, the victim pursued the SUV. While pursuing, the suspects shot at the victim causing him to discontinue the pursuit of the armed robbers. A follow up investigation revealed the suspects used the victim's bank card at a local store. Surveillance video of the suspects which consisted of a lighter skin male, black male and a white female were captured. TPD Investigator's canvassed other area businesses and obtained better video images of the three described persons. Later this same day, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and Tallahassee Police Department responded to the Bank of America, located at 5676 Thomasville Road, in reference to a robbery/shooting. The victim was robbed at gunpoint while using the ATM outside the bank. She was shot during the course of the robbery. Deputies used their agency issued tourniquet to treat her while on scene and she is expected to recover. While canvassing the area TPD officers were able to locate the robbery/shooting suspect who had crashed their vehicle after fleeing the crime. Inside the vehicle officers found a white female and the juvenile suspect/shooter identified as Weldn Powell. Both occupants matched the description of the suspect and female involved in the early morning robbery, and previously obtained surveillance photos. After further investigation Jarred Jenkins was also identified as the 2nd suspect involved in the Macomb Street and College Avenue robbery. Jenkins was taken into custody at his residence by members of TPD's Violent Crime Response Team. It was later discovered that Weldn Powell had an active warrants for Burglary and Grand Theft out of Palm Beach County. Jarred Jenkins was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility, and Weldn Powell was booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center. Weldn Powell and Jarred Jenkins were both charged for the robbery that occurred near Macomb Street and College Avenue (TPD case #18-33606). Weldn Powell was charged with the robbery and attempted homicide that occurred at the Bank of America, 5676 Thomasville Road (LCSO case #18-155309). • Arrestee: ◦ Weldn Powell, DOB: 09/14/2001 • TPD Charges: ◦ Robbery with a Firearm ◦ Aggravated Assault with the Intent to Commit a Felony • LCSO Charges: ◦ Robbery with a Firearm ◦ Attempted/Homicide ◦ Possession of Weapon by Delinquent ◦ Out of County Warrant • Arrestee: ◦ Jarred Jenkins, DOB: 06/06/1994 • TPD Charges: ◦ Robbery with a Firearm ◦ Aggravated Assault with the Intent to Commit a Felony ◦ Violation of Probation/Possession of Cocaine Contact Information Dave Teems, Public Information Officer, 606-3342; or Damon Mller, Jr., Public Information Officer, 891-425

Crime Bulletin - Armed Robbery On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at approximately 2:15 AM, FSUPD responded to 528 W. College Avenue to assist the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) with an armed robbery that occurred in an FSU parking lot. The victim was walking eastbound on W. College Avenue to his vehicle, parked in the parking lot, when he noticed two males walking in the parking lot. As he entered the lot from the sidewalk, the males approached him and robbed him of his cellphone, computer and wallet at gun point. After the robbery occurred both males fled the area heading east on College Avenue away from campus. The description of the suspects’ vehicle they fled in was a silver or beige SUV. FSUPD is working closely with The Tallahassee Police Departments Violent Crimes Unit on this investigation. The suspects were described as the follows: Suspect #1 – Suspect #1 is a light skin black male wearing a black hoodie and had curly to bushy hair. He is described at approximately 6’00” tall, thin build. Suspect #2 – Suspect #2 is a black male with a camouflage cloth covering his face. He is described at approximately 6’00” tall, medium/athletic build. Robbery Prevention Tips: - Always pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid becoming absorbed in listening to music, phone applications, or other distractions. - Show confidence, don’t look like an easy target. Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up and avoid carrying lots of packages…It can make you look defenseless. - Do not travel on foot alone. If possible, use resources like SAFE Escort or Nole cab. - Avoid isolated locations. Stay in well lit, well populated areas. Criminals most often seek isolated persons to victimize. - Report suspicious behavior and activities immediately to police. If you see something, say something. If you are robbed of your personal property: - Remain calm. - Make personal safety the number one priority. Money and property can be replaced. - Carefully observe the physical characteristics of the robber. Be a good witness. Note as much detail about the suspect(s) as possible. (Age, race, height, facial hair, speech, clothing, odor, etc.) - When it is safe, notify the police by calling 911 or use a Campus Blue Light telephone. - Police dispatch will ask for the location of the robbery, whether anyone is injured, the exact time the robber(s) left and their direction of travel, the kind of weapon used, description of the vehicle, the robber(s) description, their clothing, appearance or unique features, money or items taken, and other information to assist responding officers. - Protect the scene of the crime. Be careful not to touch anything to avoid destroying evidence. - Ask any witnesses to stay until police arrive. If they cannot stay, get their name, address and phone number. - Write down all suspect information immediately and do not discuss the robbery with others until questioned by the police. Comparing notes could cause memories to be skewed.

FSUPC CAMPUS REMAINS CLOSED; ONLINE COURSES TO RESUME MON. OCT. 15 While the Tallahassee campuses of Florida State University will reopen on Oct. 15, 2018, the FSU Panama City campus remains closed until further notice. However, online classes offered by FSUPC professors will resume on Monday, Oct. 15 and continue while the FSUPC campus is closed. Please continue to monitor the FSU Alerts page and your email for notices regarding the FSUPC reopening and start of classes. University administrators continue to work with local officials to assess the situation and will announce a new campus reopen date as soon as possible. If you have traveled out of the Panama City area and do not have friends or relatives to stay with, please do not return to the area at this time. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

While there are no power outages on the main campus, the administration is aware that some students living off campus, as well as faculty and staff, may not yet have power in their homes. However, City of Tallahassee officials are confident that 90 percent of the city will have power restored by Sunday. Many Tallahassee businesses, including grocery stores and gas stations, are open around the city. Accordingly, FSU will reopen the campus for regular business as planned on Monday, Oct. 15. Classes will resume on Monday and the main campus is expected to be fully operational at that time. All faculty and staff should expect to return to normal schedules at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. Supervisors are encouraged to be generous in approving annual leave for employees who are unable to return to work in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. FSU reminds everyone to please travel safely

TALLAHASSEE MAIN CAMPUS UPDATE Florida State University administrators continue to work closely with local officials, who are optimistic that 90 percent of power in the city will be restored by Sunday. 800 utility and resource workers are currently deployed throughout the city. The university’s goal remains reopening on Monday for regular business and classes as planned. Stay tuned to alerts.fsu.edu for further information and updates.

FSU Panama City students should not return to campus, or to the Panama City area if possible, at this time. Florida State University administrators completed a preliminary assessment of the FSUPC campus on Thursday. The campus sustained roof and water damage as well as multiple broken windows. Crews immediately began repairs Thursday evening, but the campus will not reopen on Monday as originally planned. University administrators are working with local officials to assess the situation and announce a new reopen date as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available and we ask the public to please avoid the area so as not to impede repair work.

ALL CLEAR: Warnings regarding Hurricane Michael are lifted or cancelled for the Tallahassee campus. All FSU students, faculty, and staff should exercise extreme caution on campus and avoid debris. Please report any new or previously undiscovered hazardous campus conditions related to the storm to FSUPD at 850-644-1234. Individuals should follow the instructions of local authorities for their surrounding areas. The Leach center will open today from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. for students, faculty, and staff. Main campus fields and west side courts will be open during daylight hours. Suwanee Dining Hall will open today at 11:00 am and remain open until 8 p.m. Please continue to follow alerts.fsu.edu for additional storm related updates.

Hurricane Michael has created hazardous conditions throughout Tallahassee, Panama City and Big Bend area. It is extremely dangerous to go outside. Remain inside away from doors and windows until the storm passes and FSU issues an ALL CLEAR which is expected to be tomorrow by noon. During this time, residents should stay indoors to allow first responders to most effectively respond to emergencies, hazards and life-safety emergencies. There are widespread power outages, downed trees and other debris through-out the impacted areas. Damage caused by the storm can pose serious threats to safety and responders must be able to effectively respond, assess and mitigate these threats

Weather conditions are anticipated to further deteriorate throughout the day. Individuals are advised to remain inside away from doors and windows until an ALL CLEAR message goes out. It will be unsafe to go outside during severe conditions as the effects of Michael pass through our area. Students remaining on campus should continue to follow the direction of the Residence Life Staff and Law Enforcement. Students living in off-campus housing should stay updated with university and local emergency management information posted here. For more info go to https://alerts.fsu.edu/

FACILITY STILL ACCEPTING OFF-CAMPUS FSU STUDENTS, FACULTY/STAFF UNTIL NOON: Florida State University's facility at the Donald L. Tucker Center is still accepting current registered students who live off-campus, and faculty/staff who may feel unsafe to weather Hurricane Michael in their current living situation. Individuals must arrive by NOON TODAY as conditions in the Tallahassee area will become unsafe for travel at that time. The facility will remain open for the duration of the storm until FSU issues the ALL CLEAR. A current FSU ID is required for entry. Immediate family members may join FSU students, faculty and staff. Individuals are encouraged to dress in layered clothing and close toed-shoes, and should be prepared to stay for a minimum of 48 hours. Be prepared to bring: - A blanket and pillow (no cots will be provided) - Water and non-perishable food and snacks for 2 days - Charged mobile devices and backup charging devices - Flashlight with batteries - Necessary medications (and storage needs) - Homework/reading material Service animals will be allowed at the facility. An emotional support animal will be permitted with appropriate medical or mental health provider documentation. No flammables, alcohols, weapons, or illegal drugs will be allowed. All individuals and belongings are subject to search by the FSU Police Department. Please note, it is anticipated that the facility may lose power. Bedding, food, and drink will not be provided. Prior to coming to the facility, students are encouraged to communicate with family and friends regarding their storm plan.

Florida State University will open a facility at the Donald L. Tucker Center tonight (Tues. Oct. 9) for current registered students who live off-campus, and faculty/staff who may feel unsafe to weather Hurricane Michael in their current living situation. The facility will remain open for the duration of the storm until FSU issues the ALL CLEAR. A current FSU ID will be required for entry. Immediate family members may join FSU students, faculty and staff. Individuals are encouraged to dress in layered clothing and close toed-shoes, and should be prepared to stay for a minimum of 48 hours. Individuals should arrive and check-in at the Tucker Center between 9 p.m. and midnight tonight (Tues. Oct. 9). Individuals must arrive by midnight as weather conditions will begin to deteriorate at that time. Be prepared to bring: • A blanket and pillow (no cots will be provided) • Water and non-perishable food and snacks for 2 days • Charged mobile devices and backup charging devices • Flashlight with batteries • Necessary medications (and storage needs) • Homework/reading material Service animals will be allowed at the facility. An emotional support animal will be permitted with appropriate medical or mental health provider documentation. No flammables, alcohols, weapons, or illegal drugs will be allowed. All individuals and belongings are subject to search by the FSU Police Department. Please note, it is anticipated that the facility may lose power. Bedding, food, and drink will not be provided. Prior to coming to the facility, students are encouraged to communicate with family and friends regarding their storm plan.

Based on the most recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florida State University will close for the week effective 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, Oct. 9. On-campus housing and dining service operations will continue throughout the closure. The university is expected to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, Oct. 15. Due to the uncertainty of power, Students are encouraged to discuss possible travel plans with family and friends and leave the area. DO NOT travel into the path of the storm. Please continue to monitor the latest weather information from the National Weather Service or other official weather sources. FSU is prepared to support students throughout the storm. All university departments are engaged and prepared to respond to student needs. On-campus residence halls and dining facilities will remain open for current residential students during the closure. Students who chose to stay will be advised to follow a "shelter in place" protocol. That is, stay indoors, away from doors and windows during the storm. Meals will be delivered to the residence halls during the storm. Employees should communicate with their supervisors regarding their expected participation in post-storm assignments and clean-up efforts. Stay tuned to alerts.fsu.edu and the SeminoleSAFE mobile app for further updates as they develop.

Florida State University is actively monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Michael. A decision will be made later today regarding the university’s operational status for the remainder of the week. At this time, all university operations continue as normal. The FSU community is encouraged to use this time to make necessary preparations. See FAQ AND HELPFUL LINKS below for more. Any official announcements regarding changes to the university’s regular operations and schedule will be announced via the FSU ALERT emergency notification and warning system which includes the SeminoleSAFE mobile app and the 850-644-INFO telephone hotline. University officials will monitor and review storm data throughout the day and consult with local and state government officials regarding any protective actions for Tuesday and beyond. If you have received an FSU ALERT message, additional emergency information and instructions will be posted here as it becomes available. Refresh this page for updated information.

Crime Bulletin – Carjacking of Motor Scooter On September 28, 2018, at approximately 2:24 p.m., a student reported an unknown suspect threatened to spray her with pepper spray and stole their motor scooter. This occurred at the northwest entrance to the Spirit Way Parking Garage. The suspect pushed the victim off of their scooter and attempted to grab their cellular phone. The suspect drove off on the victim’s scooter and was last observed traveling north on stadium drive. The suspect was described as a middle eastern male, in his forties, approximately 5’6” tall wearing black sweatpants, a gray tee shirt, sunglasses, and sandals. The suspect was wearing a black backpack, and was described as having a heavy accent. The scooter is a 2018 Gator scooter, black with a white front cover and orange handlebars. The scooter has a displayed Florida Tag of MATR57. The FSU Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information concerning this offense or suspect, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850-644-1234. If you wish to provide information anonymously, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS, or online at www.bbcsi.org. Remember, with Crime Stoppers, you don’t have to give your name and the information you provide may make you eligible for a reward of up to $3000. Crime Prevention Tips: 1. Walking in groups can reduce the chances of being robbed. Criminals often seek to isolate their targets. 2. Always report suspicious persons to law enforcement. Your actions may help prevent others from being victimized and provide law enforcement valuable information concerning criminal activity. 3. Download the free SeminoleSAFE mobile app for your smart phone. It has numerous resources and other tools to help enhance your personal safety. This information is provided to you as a public service of the FSU Police Department and is intended to assist you with making informed decisions concerning your safety.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement partners are still attempting to locate 19 year old Justin Dean Shields. The Florida State student was last seen on FSU campus by friends on Wednesday 09/05. Shields' car was found on Old Magnolia Road yesterday afternoon. Someone matching Shields' description was seen walking on Old Magnolia Road near his vehicle Friday morning around 7AM. Yesterday, the Sheriff's Office utilized K9 teams and aviation to search the area around where Shields' car was located. Today, detectives are in the area continuing to try to and locate Shields. Because we are utilizing K9s in our search, we are requesting the public not canvas the area at this time. The K9s are scent oriented and an influx of people may compromise the search. We will keep you updated on efforts and if or when they shift. Anyone with information should call 850-606-5800

*FSU ALERT!* Severe Thunderstorm! A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the the main campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately in the nearest building, away from doors and windows. Obtain additional information and updates from http://alerts.fsu.edu

*FSU ALERT!* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM! Main Campus - Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows. http://alerts.fsu.edu or 850-644-4636

*FSU ALERT!* TEST TEST! Main Campus - Tallahassee. This is just a test. Continue normal activities.

*FSU ALERT!* All Clear. Main Campus - Tallahassee. All warnings have expired or cancelled or all hazardous or dangerous situations have been made safe. Resume normal activity.

*FSU ALERT!* TEST TEST! Main Campus - Tallahassee. This is just a test. Continue normal activities.

Florida State University will conduct a comprehensive TEST of the FSU ALERT Emergency Notification and Warning System today, between 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM. This TEST will include: - Test - All Clear and then, 2nd TEST which will include: -Test -All Clear In the event that an actual emergency occurs during the test, emergency messaging will be made distinct and obvious. It is strongly recommended that students and faculty verify that they have registered their mobile telephone number in order to receive FSU ALERT SMS text messages here: https://emergency.fsu.edu/services/fsu-alert-emergency-notification-warning-system/fsu-alert-sms-text-messages Any technical issues identified during this test can be reported to the Emergency Management Division at contact@emergency.fsu.edu

*FSU ALERT!* Tornado Warning! A Tornado Warning has been issued for of the Main Campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately in the nearest building, away from doors and windows and remain there until the warning has expired. Obtain additional information and updates from http://alerts.fsu.edu or by calling 644-INFO.

*FSU ALERT!* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM! Main Campus - Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows. http://alerts.fsu.edu or 850-644-4636

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