Two hit-and-run accidents reported to cops

March 4, 2014 Latest Print Print
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Crime reports received this week include two reports of hit-and-run accidents where the driver reported having been followed or chased on campus prior to hitting a parked car.

At approximately 4:37 p.m. Feb. 17, OCCC Police Officer Ronald Ventresca was called to a gas station located off campus at SW 74th Street and May.

Luis Calderon, 36, told the officer he called OCCC Police Department from the gas station because while on campus earlier, he felt he was being followed by another vehicle. Calderon said he was afraid to return to campus.

According to the report, Calderon had been on campus to enroll his daughter in soccer when, he said, a dark blue truck began following his car through parking lots and accelerating at the same time he did. Calderon said the driver didn’t display any threatening behaviors and the drivers never spoke to one another.

However, during his attempt to get away from the other vehicle, Calderon said he “hid” in Parking Lot A and while doing so, he backed into a parked vehicle.

At that point, Calderon said, the truck stopped following him, allowing Calderon to leave campus and call 911. The 911 operator referred him back to campus police who escorted Calderon back on campus to tend to the accident with the parked vehicle.

Just a short time later, at 4:50 p.m., a True Green employee identified only as Sara in the report, called campus police to report a hit and run in parking lot A.

Officer Jeffrey McIntire said a car with a Florida tag hit a parked car, then left the scene. He said Sara was able to identify the struck car from the police station via a surveillance camera showing the parking lot.

As McIntire was looking at the camera, a call came in to the office from Ventresca of a road rage incident. It was determined the suspect in that incident also was the suspect in the hit-and-run.

The driver, whose name was redacted from the police report, was brought into the police department and questioned. He admited to hitting the parked car. He told officers he had been followed by a blue vehicle and when he attempted to hide, he had backed into the parked car.

The man said he had been scared that the driver of the blue car said he was going to hurt him and his wife.

The owner of the damaged car, Micah Pilkenton, 20, was contacted and given the man’s driver’s license and insurance information.

Later that same day, around 7:36 p.m., OCCC student Conner Ottis, 20, reported that someone had switched his sunglasses with another pair.

Ottis said he had his grandfather’s sunglasses with black frames and purple lenses, located in the right side of his backpack. He said he placed the sunglasses in the backpack when he walked in the doors of the Main Building and noticed the sunglasses had been switched some time after he had set his backpack down in one of the science rooms in the Main Building.

Officer Jeffrey McIntire watched surveillance video but said he wasn’t able to see anyone switch the sunglasses.

Earlier in the week, at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, a wallet was found in the VPAC containing $43.17, two debit cards and a credit card. It was turned into the campus police. A call to the police department to find out if the wallet had been recovered by its owner resulted in the reporter being referred to Marketing and Public Relations Director Cordell Jordan.

At 1:37 p.m. on Feb. 18, Officer Gordon Nelson was called to a women’s restroom on the first floor of the Main Building on a grafitti complaint. Nelson reported something appeared to be to be scratched on a wall with a sharp object. Nelson took pictures of the vandalism and the case was closed.

Some names were redacted from reports under the direction of Jordan who said names are redacted “according to OCCCPD Standard Operating Procedures involving information released and information withheld.” To obtain a copy of the procedure, email cjordan@occc.edu.

To contact campus police, call 405-682-1611, ext. 7747. For an emergency, use a call box located inside and outside on campus, or call 405-682-7872.

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