SMU Annual Report Shows Sharp Increase in Assaults

Crime statistics released in
accordance with the Clery Act and Title
IX show that there were eight aggravated
assaults at SMU last year. (Photo by Imani Lytle) 0
Crime statistics released in accordance with the Clery Act and Title IX show that there were eight aggravated assaults at SMU last year. (Photo by Imani Lytle)

SMU reported more aggravated assaults in 2015 than TCU, UT-Arlington, and the University of North Texas combined, according to statistics released Oct. 1. Campus police reported two on-campus incidents last year, while Dallas police reported six others near campus, bringing the total number to eight.

SMU only reported three aggravated assaults in both 2014 and 2013.

The six assaults reported by Dallas police occurred between 5200 and 5600 block of SMU Boulevard near SMU’s east campus, which is across Central Expressway from the main campus. None of the assaults involved students.

“The increase from no cases in that area to six cases is statistically significant, but overall numbers remain low,” SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer said. “We know that the number of incidents reported in different crime categories varies from year to year on campus and in other police jurisdictions, but we typically don’t have evidence that tells us why.”

Police Reports Oct. 10-16


Skulduggery of the Week: Political Sabotage

Between 8 a.m. Oct. 8 and 1:55 p.m. Oct. 11, a thief stole a blue Clinton Kaine sign from a house in the 3600 block of Dartmouth Avenue.


At 2:09 a.m., Jaquan L. Jackson, 24, of Dallas, and Taniaya Serena Sims, 24, of Dallas, were arrested in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Between 1:05 and 3:50 a.m., two miscreants broke into a garage in the 3600 block of Mockingbird Lane. It is unclear if anything was stolen, but remnants of marijuana cigarettes, drug paraphernalia, and a single empty beer bottle were found at that location.

Police Reports: Oct. 3-9


Skulduggery of the Week: Breakfast with Tiffany’s

Between 9 a.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. Oct. 6, a thief entered a house in the 3100 block of Westminster Avenue and stole $10,775 worth of Tiffany Audubon silverware.


Between 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3, a thief entered a white 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue and stole two $10 Stanley toolboxes, a $230 Stihl SR200 Power Sprayer, and $500 worth of stainless steel high-pressure sprayer nozzles.

At 8:30 p.m., George Potter Roach Jr., 33, of Dallas, was arrested at Potomac Avenue and Fairfield Avenue on charges of possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated.

Police Reports: Sept. 26-Oct. 2


Skulduggery of the Week: Ring the Alarm

Between 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. Sept. 26, a scoundrel stole a $2,800 Matthew Trent ring, a $6,120 Matthew Trent wedding band, and a $48,600 Matthew Trent engagement ring from a house in the 4300 block of Windsor Parkway.


Between 5 and 5:30 p.m., a thief stole two backpack blowers valued at $550 each from a blue 1993 Ford F25 in the 5800 block of Fairfield Avenue.

At 7:24 p.m., Jonny Ivan Lara, 25, of Dallas, was arrested in the 5000 block of Armstrong Avenue on a charge of tampering with government records.

Body Found in SMU Barr Pool


Update: According to a statement from SMU, the body was identified as an SMU student.

Foul play is not suspected, but SMU Police, with the Dallas County Medical Examiner, will conduct an investigation.

At 12:30 p.m., SMU released the following statement:

Police Reports: Sept. 19-25


Skulduggery of the Week: Food (Truck) Fight

At noon Sept. 22, threats were made during a sales turf dispute between two food truck drivers in the 7200 block of Airline Road.


Between 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 7:40 a.m. Sept. 19, a miscreant broke into offices in the 4300 block of Macarthur Avenue, stole property, and caused damages. 

Between 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 8:39 p.m. Sept. 19, a scoundrel stole a white 2005 Ford Excursion from the 3800 block of Gillon Avenue.

Police Reports: Sept. 12-17


Skulduggery of the Week: A Real Steak Out

At 11:46 p.m. Sept. 13, two scoundrels broke into Royal Blue Grocery at Highland Park Village and stole 10 pounds of flank steak, packaged hotdogs, and two large peanut cans.


Between 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9 a.m. Sept. 12, a thief entered a house in the 3700 block of Euclid Avenue, damaged a $2,000 wood and glass cabinet and stole a $300 piece of costume jewelery, a $1,000 subwoofer speaker, a $1,600 sound bar, a $3,000 flat screen TV, a $5,950 diamond necklace, and a $7,000 flat screen TV.

At 11:16 p.m., Jamie Lynne Wiseman, 31, of Plano, was arrested in the 5200 block of Auburndale on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Police Reports: Sept. 5-10


Skulduggery of the Week: Something Big’s Cooking

Between noon Sept. 1 and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10, a burglar broke into a home under construction in the 4400 block of Larchmont Avenue and stole $12,655.49 in kitchen appliances.


Between 8 p.m. Sept. 4 and 8 a.m. Sept. 5, a thief entered a garage in the 3200 block of Princeton Avenue and stole a ratchet set, two black wetsuits, and a pair of sailing gloves.

At 11:17 p.m., Jose Juan Carrizales, 49, of Dallas, was arre
sted in the 6500 block of Robin Road on a charge of tampering with government records.

UP Firefighter Reportedly Lured to Death


Investigators believe Michael Garza shot and killed UP firefighter Robert Poynter

New information released this afternoon suggests the wife of UP firefighter Robert Poynter may have arranged his murder.

According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, Chacey Poynter allegedly tricked her husband into thinking she was stuck on the side of the road. When he came to her aid, investigators believe he was shot in the head by Michael Garza.

Reports indicate that Chacey and Garza were having an affair. Robert Poynter apparently filed for divorce after the affair began.