Riverside police arrested a suspect March 14 for an alleged break-in attempt at The Colony Apartments at California Baptist University. No students or personnel were harmed.
A CBU employee called Public Safety after observing a unidentified man jumping over a fence onto campus, according to a press release from Dr. Mark Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication at CBU.
A Riverside Police Department officer, who happened to be on campus, responded to the call and requested backup, the press release continued.
“The cops started to signal to us to move,” said Valentine Mendez, junior political science and philosophy double major, who was present when police arrived on the scene. “We went into a nearby apartment and witnessed as the police moved in on the area where the (suspect) was located.”
Police soon located and apprehended the unarmed intruder outside the Colony after “a brief communication and struggle,” wrote James Walters, director of the department of public safety, in a statement emailed to students and faculty.
The university sent notices via email and text message to Colony residents to notify students of the situation. The messages advised them to stay indoors if they were in the Colony and to stay away if they were not. Resident advisers were stationed at entrances to the apartments to warn students and passers-by of the situation.
The incident began shortly after 11 a.m. and concluded approximately an hour later. Students are free to return to their apartments.