Yale police said Monday there have been no major developments in the investigation of two armed muggings that occurred on campus Sept. 15. In the incidents, female Yale students were robbed by a man with a kitchen knife near Kline Biology Tower and on York Street, near Toad’s Place. Police believe a single suspect is responsible for both muggings. New Haven police spokeswoman Bonnie Winchester said the investigation is ongoing.
The Idiot’s Guide to Justified Force
At 8:58 a.m. on Sept. 19, Omoyeni Frank, 27, of West Haven, was pulled over by two Yale police officers at Prospect and Trumbull streets, Yale Police Lt. Michael Patten said. But what might have been an ordinary vehicle violation became a felony charge.
Frank did not stop his car immediately when ordered to by police; when he did stop, he refused to give the officers his license and registration. While arguing with police, he reached over to the gear-shift as if he was going to put the car in drive. And then, when an officer tried to remove the keys from his ignition to prevent him from driving away, he fought back, police said.
After struggling briefly with the officers, Frank was subdued and charged with reckless driving, failure to obey a police officer’s signal and two counts of assaulting a police officer, Patten said.
Two Yale police officers sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.
PO’d at KBT
Johnny Edwards, 53, an employee at Kline Biology Tower, was shunned, and not too happy about it.
Sept. 24, at 8:30 a.m., the New Haven resident went to the break room in the basement of the building, where he found that his chair had been moved to the other side of the room away from all of his coworkers.
“They kind of shunned him, I guess you might say,” Patten said.
In an effort to improve his popularity with his fellow employees, Edwards began yelling and threatening them with physical harm, Patten said.
The Yale Police were called, and Edwards was arrested for disorderly conduct and threatening.
The Great Wall of Vanderbilt
On Sept. 13, a Berkeley freshman learned a harsh lesson in cultural sensitivity at Yale. At 1:10 a.m., he was in his room In Vanderbilt Hall and heard someone yell to him to open the door. The student left his room and opened the door for an Asian male.
As the student went to get the door, he was speaking Chinese to a guest in his room, he said. The man thought that the student had assumed he was Chinese and was talking to him, and became enraged. The man responded by grabbing the freshman by the head and slamming his head against a wall, Patten said.
“I don’t know what he thought,” the assaulted student said. “He was very drunk.”
The case has been ruled a simple assault. The Asian male was not identified, and it is not clear if he is a Yale student.
Patten summed up the moral of this story.
“If you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door,” Patten said. “And if you do open the door [for someone], don’t talk to him.”
The student, who said he suffered no major injuries, asked that his name not be used because he was worried the man would return.
“It is my strong preference that I not get my head thrown into a wall again,” he said.
Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., a female Yale student was crossing the street at Chapel and Park streets when she was approached from behind by a man riding a bike. As the bike made a pass, so did the man.
“A guy riding a bike went around her and as he went around he slapped her on the behind,” Patten said.
Yale police were called, but the drive-by spanker has not been caught.