At 12:41 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, a fraud occurred on campus in front of Nassau Hall. The incident was reported to the Department of Public Safety at approximately 1:45 p.m. the same day.
According to the email statement from the Princeton Alert system, the victim was approached by the suspect, who asked for four hundred dollars cash in exchange for a check. The victim agreed and handed the suspect the money, after which the victim attempted to cash the check via electronic deposit. The deposit was rejected by the victim’s bank.
When the victim attempted to cash the check, the suspect immediately fled the scene on foot, heading east on Nassau Street. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, 150-160 pounds, 6’3”-6’5” tall, “a long face and dry lips,“ last seen wearing a red button-down shirt with blue jeans. He was also carrying a green notebook.
Assistant Vice President for Communications Daniel Day said that he has limited additional information on the case. Acting University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss could not provide further details as to how long the suspect was on campus before approaching the victim, or the appearance of the fake check that was used.
The Department of Public Safety is actively investigating the incident. Anyone with additional information is asked to call DPS at 609-258-1000.