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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of the University of Georgia Police Department or his designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through a campus wide e-mail to all faculty, staff and students, as well as through local media outlets.

Anyone with information about an emergency situation or other situation warranting a timely warning should contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 706-542-2200.

Media Release – Death Investigation

March 19th, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

At approximately 6:03 p.m. University of Georgia Police Officers responded to Russell Hall in reference to a call for medical assistance. Officers and EMS personnel responded and began first aid efforts. By all appearances the victim was believed to be deceased at that time. The Coroner confirmed that the victim was deceased upon arrival.

University of Georgia Police Investigators and the Coroner are on scene and the investigation is on-going. Preliminary investigation revealed no obvious cause of death, nor were there any obvious signs of foul play.

The victim was identified as 21 year old female University of Georgia student Mikal Ghirmazghi.

Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.

Timely Warning – Robbery Advisory

March 19th, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

Athens-Clarke County Police (706) 546-5900

This advisory is in reference to several Armed Robbery incidents that have been reported recently to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

On March 17, 2015 at approximately 11:48 p.m. two individuals reported being robbed at knife and gunpoint while walking in the area of West Hancock Avenue and North Church Street. The perpetrators were described as two dark skinned black males wearing hoodies, one of which had a beard.

On March 19, 2015 at approximately 12:30 a.m. an individual reported being robbed at gunpoint while walking in the area of College Station Road and College Circle. The perpetrators were described as two black males in their early twenties or late teens, wearing white masks. Athens-Clarke County Police also received a separate report approximately 15 minutes prior to this incident of two individuals fitting this description with white t-shirts covering their faces following the reporting party in the area of Foundry Street and repeatedly asking to use his phone.

There are a number of personal safety strategies that individuals can employ to lessen their chances of becoming victimized under these or other circumstances. Some of these include:

  • Always travel in groups when possible
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Always travel in well-lit areas when possible
  • Never display cash or other valuables in public
  • If consuming alcohol, consume responsibly and moderately
  • Report suspicious activity or individuals to law enforcement immediately

If you have been the victim of a crime or have information about the incidents described here or any criminal incidents that may or may not have been reported to law enforcement, you are encouraged to contact the Athens-Clarke County or University of Georgia Police Department as soon as possible.