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February 21, 2020

Early this morning at about 1:42 a.m., a UM student reported that as she walked past the Fine Arts building a male wearing a black cape emerged from under the stairs and followed her. He did not say anything. She described him as a male of medium build. She was unable to provide any additional physical description. She ran to Jesse Hall and did not see where the male went. The student was not grabbed or harmed. UMPD responded to the scene and searched for the subject but was unable to locate him.

The incident is under investigation by the University of Montana Police Department. If you have any information about this incident please call UMPD at (406) 243-4000 or 243-6131. UM’s GrizWalk service is a safe alternative to walking alone and can be contacted by calling (406) 243-2777.

February 15, 2020

On February 14, a UM student received a phone phishing scam where the caller identified himself as the chief of UMPD. The caller named the chief specifically. The caller ID displayed the correct phone number for UMPD. The caller informed the victim that a warrant had been issued for her arrest but she could avoid being arrested by paying $2,000. The caller sounded very convincing and even had police radio noises in the background.

Keep in mind the following:

  • UMPD will never ask for credit/debit card numbers, wire transfers or bank routing numbers.
  • Never divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • Never trust your caller ID.

If you are contacted by these callers, just hang up. You can always call UMPD for advice at (406) 243-6131.

February 12, 2020

3:04 p.m. update – The Missoula Police Department has given the all-clear for the incident in the downtown area. They continue to process the crime scene in the areas from Ryman to Orange Streets, between Pine and Spruce Streets. Anyone having information about this event is asked to contact the Missoula Police Department at (406) 552-5600.

2:33 p.m. update – All Missoula County buildings, including the Courthouse, Administration Building, Youth Court and Relationship Violence Services have been reopened. Law Enforcement activity continues in the areas from Ryman to Orange Streets, between Pine and Spruce Streets. Officials are asking the public to avoid these areas. There is no direct threat to the campus at this time. We will continue to share information as it is received.

2:15 p.m. update – Lockdowns have been lifted for the Health Department, Missoula Public Library and Partnership Health Center. The Missoula County Courthouse and adjacent buildings remain in lockdown. UM students and employees traveling to and from campus may still be impacted. This remains an emerging situation, with no direct threat to the campus at this time. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

1:22 p.m. update – The situation in downtown Missoula remains unchanged.  Officials are asking people to avoid the area. All buildings previously identified are still in lockdown. UM students and employees traveling to and from campus may still be impacted. This remains an emerging situation, with no direct threat to the campus at this time. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

10:23 a.m. – Missoula Police have blocked a portion of downtown Missoula near the police department and the Mountain Line transfer station after shots were fired at a police car being driven by an officer. No injuries have been reported. As a result, city buses are being rerouted, and streets surrounding the Missoula County Courthouse and police station (Spruce, Pine, Ryman, Woody, etc.) in a five-block radius are closed. Avoid travel in downtown. Employees or students traveling to campus may be impacted. No suspect details are available. This is an emerging situation, with no direct threat to campus at this time. UMPD officers are patrolling. We will share more information as it becomes available.

February 4, 2020

2:16 p.m. update – The downed power line has been repaired.

11:37 a.m. – NorthWestern Energy is advising to stay clear of the alleyway in the 600 block between 5th and 6th streets due to a downed power line.

February 1, 2020

February 2 update – The University Police Department has identified the subjects who were the focus of the UM Timely Warning Issued on February 1. The subjects are cooperating with the investigation. Based upon the preliminary information received, the University Police Department does not believe there is a continuing threat to our campus community.

The University Police Department would like to thank all those providing information, which helped us make this determination in a timely manner.

4:17 a.m. – The University of Montana Police Department has responded to two complaints from residents in UM housing off of Cinnabar Drive. These complaints are of three male subjects attempting to enter apartments. During the first incident, there were three males, two at the door and one waiting in a vehicle. The two males at the door were attempting to open the locked door at the time. They appeared to be in their early twenties, wearing hooded sweatshirts. The residents were home at the time and they did not recognize these individuals and notified 911. Officers responded and were unable to locate the subjects. The suspect vehicle is described as a gold 2004 Chevy sedan. This incident occurred on Wednesday Jan 29th, at about 19:30.

The second incident was similar to the first; with the exception that only one male was seen at the resident’s door. This male is approximately 5’10”, 150-170 pounds, wearing a baseball cap. The male has dark facial hair in the style of a goatee and bushy eyebrows. This incident occurred on Friday, January 31, at about 19:30. This male was lightly knocking on the door and the residents of this apartment did not recognize him.

Please keep the doors of your homes locked and verify who is at your door before answering it. We also recommend keeping your vehicles locked and do not leave anything of value in them.

If you see persons or a vehicle matching these descriptions, please notify the University of Montana Police Emergency Line at 243-4000 or non-emergency line at 243-6131.

January 23, 2020

The University campus has had a rash of vehicle break-ins over the past few days. These events have happened across campus in lots K, J and Y. The perpetrator is targeting vehicles that have been left unlocked and vehicles in which valuable items have been left inside in plain view.

UMPD would like to remind everyone to try to park in well lighted areas, lock their vehicles and avoid leaving valuable items in plain view. If you must leave valuable items in your car we suggest locking the items in the trunk.

We would also like to remind everyone to call UMPD at 243-4000 if they see something suspicious.

November 19, 2019

12:39 a.m. - On Monday night, November 18, 2019, at about 9:00 p.m., a UM student reported that while walking south from the Adams Center near McGill Hall, he heard the sound of running coming from his left. As he turned, he observed a subject described as 5’11” to 6’ tall, dressed in a black hoodie, gray sweat pants and wearing a black ski mask, running towards him. The subject had his hand raised and appeared to have a weapon which the student described as a sword or knife. The subject was about 30 feet away from the student when the student turned and ran. He did not know if the subject followed him. The student was not harmed but was fearful that he would be. The incident was reported to UM police at 11:00 p.m.

Always be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation. GrizWalk is available for escorts and can be reached at 243-2777.

This case is under investigation. Anyone having information about this incident should call the UM Police Department at 243-6131 or 243-4000. 

October 28, 2019

4:25 p.m. - Winter weather has created treacherous road conditions on campus, in Missoula and in surrounding areas. Crews are at work, but roads are icy. Please use extreme caution as you leave campus. Call 5-1-1 for current road conditions or visit MDT Travel Info.

October 25, 2019

2:08 a.m. - On Thursday, October 24, at about 11:30 p.m., a male was walking northbound with two friends between Washington-Grizzly Stadium and the Fitness and Recreation Center. As he approached the top of the stairs, his friends were near the bottom. He reports that an unknown subject came up behind him, tackled him, placed his hand over his mouth and dragged him into a doorway. The unknown male held him there until he was able to strike him and escape. He described the suspect as a white male, 5’10”, medium build, wearing all black including a black mask and gloves. The incident was report to UMPD on Friday, October 25, at 12:04 a.m. This incident is currently under investigation. Contact UMPD at 243-4000 or 243-6131 if you have any information about the incident.

UMPD encourages you to be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.

October 10, 2019

UMPD is investigating reports of a male exposing himself on the practice fields north of campus between the Madison Street bridge and the Van Buren footbridge. The suspect is a white adult male, age 40-50, 6' tall, with short blond/gray hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a large white overcoat/long shirt, with black leg stockings with shoes and no pants. He was last seen heading towards the Clark Fork River. Officers are searching the area and will continue patrolling. Contact UMPD or call 9-1-1 immediately if you encounter this individual or have additional information.