NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Multiple incidents near the Yale campus in New Haven this month have some community members on edge, and the university’s police department is upping patrols.
According to Yale police, the most recent incident happened just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 18 when a Yale “affiliate” woke up to a man dressed in black in their Mansfield Street apartment. The suspect allegedly assaulted the person and took off on a bicycle toward Compton Street.
“I walked by 20 minutes after it happened without even knowing,” student Daniel Denny told News 8. “I was pretty surprised. I was a little bit frightened a little bit as well cause a lot of times I will walk here late at night alone.”
Police said a man dressed in black robbed a Yale graduate student at gunpoint at around 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 11 near the corner of Mansfield Street and Compton Street. The suspect allegedly took the student’s wallet and walked toward Sachem Street. No injuries were reported in this case.
On Nov. 8 at around 8:30 a.m., police said a Yale “affiliate” was waiting to cross the street at Grove Street and Whitney Avenue when an unknown man inappropriately touched them. The man, described to police as tall and thin with dreadlock-styled hair and wearing layered clothing and a hoodie, then left.
Sofia Lambert said she uses the university’s resources to avoid unsafe situations.
“I’m in architecture, and we tend to leave school pretty late, so I always call an escort to walk me home,” Lambert said.
One student who did not want to be identified said it’s always important to be careful and smart, but he won’t change his behavior.
“I think it’s scary,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s important not to let things like that deter you.”
News 8 contacted Yale police for additional comment but did not hear back.
Anyone with information on the incidents is urged to call the Yale police at 203-432-4400 or send an anonymous text tip through its LiveSafe app.
Visit the Stay Safe on Campus page for available services.