DPS looking for information about ‘suspicious' man on SU campus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety sent an email to students warning them about a suspicious man on campus who approached several women and asked them a number of unusual questions.

The individual told the women that he is conducting a survey, and that his survey requires that he asks the questions in a number of different settings.

At first, three different women reported that they were approached outside different residence halls, and since the DPS issued a warning email to students, six more women have come forward.

They were approached at the Brewster, Boland and Brockway complex, Shaw Hall and Watson Hall.

"What was odd about it, and gave us pause, was the mere fact that the subject was asking for them to answer these questions in different parts off campus, either outside of the building or in the lobby of the building. And moving from certain parts of a building to another,” said DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado.

The man is described as 5’8” with a thin build, dark hair and dark eyes. Officers are not sure if the man is a student or not.

Maldonado did not disclose what type of questions the man was asking.

DPS asks that if you are approached by anyone consistent with the description and mode of operation listed above, do not engage with the individual and call DPS as soon as you can.

"Maybe the individual is watching this thing and they had a legitimate reason for asking these questions, so I would ask that individual to reach out to DPS,” Maldonado said.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call DPS at 315-443-2224.

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