DPSS is aware of several unrelated incidents causing concern to members of our community. There is no current public safety threat. However, we would like to provide information and updates to keep our community informed. Please see descriptions of the incidents:
Between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sept. 4, the Ann Arbor Police Department spoke with individuals who saw a suspect with a gun. One of the individuals was threatened with a handgun and assaulted by a group of suspects on Oxford Rd. At around 1:40 a.m., four suspects (unaffiliated with the university) were arrested and taken into custody.
At approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 4, the Ann Arbor Police Department responded to reports of two individuals pointing guns on the top level of the parking structure on Forest Ave. AAPD and UMPD identified and released two individuals who were pointing “Orbeez” guns (guns that shoot gel or water beads) at each other.
At approximately 11 a.m. on Sept. 6, the mother of a student reported suspicious behavior in her daughter’s class. The student reported that an individual dressed in black entered the class, sat down in the back, and kept opening and closing a briefcase. The student was concerned by the behavior and left the classroom along with another classmate. A DPSS police officer responded to the scene and confirmed with witnesses that a gun was never seen. The individual was pulling a headphone case out of his briefcase.
At approximately 3:50 p.m. on Sept. 6, Landmark Apartments’ administrative staff sent an email to residents reporting that there may be an individual located near their parking garage with a gun based on a video seen on Tik Tok. After the Ann Arbor police responded and did not find a threat, it was discovered that the video was a recording of the police response to the Forest Parking Structure on Sept. 4. Landmark and AAPD both put out clarifying statements to the community.
The safety and security of our community are our top priorities. We appreciate the vigilant community members who reported incidents to public safety officials. If you see criminal activity or suspicious behavior, please call 911 or (734) 763-1131.