Police on lookout for wanted campus robber
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:02
Police are looking for Michael Moses Tarpeh in connection with a robbery at an on-campus apartment at the University of Connecticut.
According to an email alert sent out to students, the victims identified Tarpeh as the person they invited into their apartment and then stole several items, including credit cards, while they were sleeping, according to an alert email sent out by the police department.
In addition to theft charges, Tarpeh is wanted by the Morgantown, W. Va. Police Department for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault. He is also wanted by Massachusetts State Police for an armed carjacking, robbery, and assault and battery of a motorist in Lee, Mass.
UConn student Jillian Slycin, known as @JSlycin on Twitter, clarified on the social media site that the residents of the apartment did not invite Tarpeh in personally. She said in a tweet at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, “Just wanna clear up that WE, the residents of our apartment did not invite Bigggggg Mike over. Someone else brought him as a “friend.’”
Another resident of the apartment, Chelsea Fenton or @Chelss278 on Twitter, said, “Wow we are so lucky. Apparently the guy that robbed us is wanted in 3 states for burglary and sexual assault.”
The alert described Tarpeh, who is not a UConn student, as a black “heavy-set” male, who refers to himself as “Bigggggg Mike.”
Slycin and Fenton did not immediately respond to emails from The Daily Campus.
Police do not believe Tarpeh is still on campus, as he was last seen in Waterbury.
Police encourage anyone with information about criminal activity on campus to call 860-486-4800 or email CrimeAlerts@uconn.edu.