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Chief Clouse Statement

February 20, 2019

 

Fellow Bobcats,

Over the last several days, we have experienced three incidents of violent crime involving Texas State University students on or in the vicinity of the San Marcos campus. Understandably, these incidents raise concerns throughout our entire university community.

The armed robberies that occurred on Feb. 13 in the Blanco Parking Garage and early this morning in Bobcat Village are actively being investigated by UPD, so I am not able to share specific details at this time. As I am able, I will provide updates on the status of both.

I want the community to be aware that UPD is taking actions to enhance overall safety and awareness.  For example, the university has authorized more positions to UPD and we are planning increased and new services to the campuses in the near future.  More information will be available on these initiatives soon.

Our UPD officers will be available from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the lobby of the Nueces Building to visit with students, faculty and staff, and answer questions you may have regarding safety at Texas State.

In addition, I want to remind you of actions you can take to stay safe on our campuses.

  • First and foremost, do not walk alone late at night. Use a buddy system and walk with a friend. You can also call 512-245-7233 to be accompanied by a Bobcat Bobbie or to ask for a Safety Escort from UPD.
  • Stay alert. Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Download and use the free Bobcat Guardian App that lets your friends and family know where you are and when you will arrive at your destination. Or use the share your location feature on your mobile device so others can know your whereabouts, especially when you are out at night.
  • Violent crime is often associated with illegal drugs, including marijuana. Do not put yourself in situations that leave you exposed to criminals or criminal activity.

I also want to address the murder last week of TXST student Aaron “Jack” Peterman. The discovery of Aaron’s body was reported to the San Marcos Police Department at 7:24 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. It was an off-campus incident so the investigation was handled by local authorities. 

UPD learned through local media reports of the death at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.  A UPD officer recognized Aaron’s name and confirmed that he was a student.  At no time was the UPD notified that a Texas State student had been a victim of the crime.

Suspects were arrested in Austin on Friday evening, Feb. 15 and have been charged with murder. The arrest was made by the San Marcos Police Department with assistance from the Austin Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force and the Texas Rangers. Detectives believe that a drug-related robbery was central to the crime and the investigation is ongoing.

Our officers were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Aaron and our thoughts remain with his friends and family.

Out of respect for the privacy of families and other considerations, deaths are not announced by the university on an individual basis. Texas State is a large campus of more than 38,000 students and, sadly, members of our community pass away throughout the year. Every April the university holds Bobcat Pause to honor members of the campus community who have passed away during the year. This year’s 32nd Annual Bobcat Pause is scheduled for 6 p.m., April 11 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

If you have any questions or concerns to discuss about these issues or others, I invite you to attend the event with our officers this Thursday, or contact UPD 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday at 512-245-2890, or on nights and weekends at 512-245-2805. You can email police@txstate.edu

For information and updates on investigations or safety related issues, follow UPD on Twitter and Facebook or go to police.txstate.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Chief Laurie Clouse

University Police Department