Broadside Crime Beat Writer Antonieta Rico

UPDATE: Potentially dangerous juvenile recently spotted on campus 'still at large'

A potentially dangerous runaway from a juvenile detention facility was seen recently on the George Mason University Fairfax campus, and Mason Police are asking for help in locating him. 

The individual is described as a "Juvenile Male 15 years of age Asian 5’7” height 155 lbs. Black Hair Brown Eyes." He was last seen wearing a "Gray T-Shirt or Sweatshirt Bluish/Greenish Pants Bright Orange Shoes."

George Ginovsky, assistant chief of police for University Police, said he was deemed potentially dangerous because of a history of edged weapons use. 

Mason Police hope to combat sexual assault with defense classes

Rubi X. Chavez, a Mason graduate, demonstrates self-defense techniques against Lt. Kevin Barrett, an officer with the GMUPD, Tuesday Sept 28 at a gym on campus. She took a previous RAD class as a member of the GMUPD Police Cadet Program. (Antonieta Rico) 

Gas leak evacuates campus buildings

Several buildings on campus were evacuated around 11 a.m. Wednesday after a gas leak in the Northeast end of campus was reported to the George Mason Police Department.

No one was injured in the incident, according to Mason Police.

 Video: Gas leak near Northern Neck


Clothesline Project gives opportunity to 'break the silence' on sexual assault

Turn Off the Violence week began Monday with the arrival of hand-painted t-shirts bearing the voices and messages of those affected by sexual assault.

Dangling in the wind near the main sidewalks on George Mason University's campus, the t-shirts make up the Clothesline Project, which runs through Thursday and is one of the week's several activities designed raise awareness and prevent violence in relationships.

Mason Police release annual security report outlining campus crime

George Mason University Policed released the Annual Security Report, which includes crime statistics on campus, on Oct. 1. The statistics only include incidents that were reported to police or school officials.

Of the reported incidents, the Fairfax campus saw a decrease in more than half (from 11 to 5) of forcible sexual offenses from 2008 to 2009 according to the report. 

Police officer assigned to work out of dorms

Students now have a police officer working out of a dorm to alleviate concerns of George Mason University residents.

Officer Emily Ross of the Mason Police Department started the assignment on Sept. 13 as the first Mason housing liaison officer. Her office is located in room F204 in the Potomac Heights dorm.





Not so bad boys: A day in the life of Mason Police

Officer Jorge Feliciano pats down a Fairfax, Va. man who was arrested for use of false identification to avoid prosecution and driving a car without a driver’s license Sept. 12 on a road near the Mason campus.(Antonieta Rico)