To:  University Community

From:  Department of Public Safety

Date: September 17, 2018

Subject:  Security Advisory: Redlands Campus Report of Suspicious Incident

At 6:30 this evening, a University of Redlands student made a report to Public Safety that has now been investigated by Redlands Police Department (RPD). There appears to be no danger to the community at this time, but we are very grateful to our student for making the report and want to make the community aware. 

Our student was walking to Ann Peppers Hall, heading west on Sylvan Blvd., when someone in a dark blue Toyota Prius that the student recognized as a 2012 model, also heading west on Sylvan, put what appeared to be an assault rifle out of the left rear window when the car was approximately 50 feet past our student.  The person did not point the alleged rifle at our student or do anything else with it, no words were spoken, and the vehicle moved on.  Upon receiving the call, all on-duty Public Safety Officers immediately responded to the area and were unable to locate the described vehicle.

The alleged weapon appeared to be gray metal.  From our student’s description, RPD believes it was likely a realistic looking replica AK-47 or similar rifle.  RPD has received no reports of similar activity in the city of Redlands.  Nonetheless, Public Safety officers are actively patrolling the campus and surrounding area, reviewing video feed, and watching for this vehicle. 

As always:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and of the people and activity around you.
  • Walk with a buddy.
  • Call Public Safety at extension 8888, or 909-748-8888, if you see suspicious activity or people on or near campus or need assistance in any way.
  • Always call 911 in an emergency, or Redlands Police Dispatch at 909-798-7681 if you see or suspect a crime taking place off campus.

We will update this notice if needed.