Archived Police Releases:

This is a media release from the FHSU Police Department on 2/29/12

Subject: Altercation at Rarick Hall/Arrest of Offender.

Jacob Paul Flax, age 24 and a student at FHSU, was arrested by the Fort Hays State University Police Department and charged with 7 counts of misdemeanor battery, 2 counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and 1 count for obstruction of justice. There were 9 victims total: 1 professor, 6 students and 2 law enforcement officers. The arrest was for a physical altercation that occurred at 9:30 a.m. today in room 310 Rarick Hall.  The altercation was physical in nature, however no weapons were involved and no victims required medical attention. Hays Police Department assisted UPD officers with subduing Jacob Flax during this altercation.

Please keep in mind that the arresting and/or charging of an individual is merely an allegation of criminal wrongdoing. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 FHSU Police - KBI Investigate Rape Case

09/18/11 ks/eh local
HAYS, Kan. -- The Fort Hays State University Police Department was dispatched at 8:11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, to investigate the report of a rape adjacent to the McMindes Hall parking lot, 410 Agnew Lane.

Responding officers interviewed the victim and later transported her to Hays Med for treatment and a sane/start examination. The victim described her unknown assailant as a black male, 5’8” to 5’9”, medium build, wearing a ski mask and a black hoodie, with black pants.

The rape is being investigated by the FHSU Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Investigators are asking that anyone with information about this incident please contact the University Police at 785-628-5304.

The following general practices are recommended for your personal safety. Be aware of your surroundings and travel in pairs. Avoid isolated or secluded areas. Inform others where you are going and when you will return. Report any suspicious person or activity you see to the police immediately. If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to make a scene or draw attention to yourself. Use an air horn, a whistle or shout to get people's attention if possible. Keep you cell phone handy to dial 911.

If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, get to a safe place and contact police by calling 911. If you don't want to contact the police, go to the nearest hospital so that you can be examined and treated for possible injuries. Sexual assault nurse examiners are available to assist victims of sexual assault at Hays Med.

Police encourage members of the community who have been assaulted to be aware of the free resources available, such as Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Northwest Kansas. The 24-hour hotline is 800-794-4624. Services offered by Options can be found at http://www.help4absue.org. Additionally, the FHSU Office of Student Affairs and the Kelly Center offer programs and services to members of the campus community. The Kelly Center is located at Picken Hall and can be reached at 785-628-4401.

This is a media release from the Hays Police Department on 9/17/11

Subject: Hays Police Investigating Attempted Armed Robbery/Aggravated Battery Case

On Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm the Hays Police Department received a 911 call reporting a stabbing in the 500 block of W. 7th Street. Responding officers located a 29 year old male who had been stabbed while attempting to deliver a pizza order. It was reported a black male wearing a stocking hat attempted to take the delivery man's money and then stabbed him. The victim was taken to Hays Medical Center for treatment. The victim is in stable condition.

The stabbing is being investigated by the Hays Police Department and the (KBI) Kansas Bureau of Investigations. The police are asking that anyone with information about this incident please contact the Hays Police at (785) 625-1030 or (785) 625-1011.

8-3-11 - This is to keep you informed and is a follow up to the previous advisory. This is a media release from the Ellis County Attorney on 7/29/11.

"Tre Miekale Carrasco, age 16, has been charged in Ellis County District Court for a sexual assault attack that occurred on July 1,2011 in the 2900 block of Country Lane in Hays, Kansas.  Carrasco was arrested Wednesday, July 27, 2011 following an investigation by the Hays Police Department.  Carrasco was charged Thursday, July 28, 2011, with one count of Aggravated Criminal Sodomy and one count of Aggravated Battery.  Tre Carrasco has also been charged in Ellis County District Court, as a juvenile, with two counts of Aggravated Burglary for entering into a Hays residence on January 23 and 26, 2011, with the intent to commit a theft therein and for a battery that occurred during the burglary.  Carrasco appeared at a Detention Hearing on Thursday, July 28, 2011.  He has been placed into the temporary custody of the Kansas Commission of Juvenile Justice Authority and is being held at the Saline County Juvenile Detention Facility."  

"Please keep in mind that the arresting and/or charging of an individual is merely an allegation of criminal wrong-doing.  All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of Law."

7-12-11 - The Hays Police Department is investigating the rape of a 22 year old female that was reported in the early morning of 07/10/2011. The incident occurred at an apartment approximately two blocks from campus.  The suspect is reported as a black male with short cropped hair. If you have any information regarding this or any other crimes, please contact the Hays Police at 785-625-1011.

The following general practices are recommended for your personal safety. Install and use locks on residential doors and windows. Avoid opening doors to strangers and place lights at doors and in dark areas.  Place lights on timers or motion sensors.  Occasionally change your routine to avoid predictable patterns. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid secluded or isolated areas.  Inform others where you are going and when you will return. Report any suspicious person or activity you see to the police immediately.  If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to make a scene or draw attention to yourself, use an air horn, a whistle, or shout to get people’s attention. Keep your cellphone handy to dial 9-1-1.

If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, get to a safe place and contact police by calling 911. If you don't want to contact the police, go to the nearest hospital so that you can be examined and treated for possible injuries. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are available to assist you at Hays Medical Center.

https://www.fhsu.edu/WorkArea/edit.aspxUniversity Police urge members of the community who have been assaulted to be aware of the free resources available, such as Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Northwest Kansas. The 24-hour hotline is 1-800-794-4624.  The services offered by Options can be found at http://www.help4abuse.org Additionally, The Office of Student Affairs and the Kelly Center offers programs and services to members of the campus community. The Kelly Center is located at Picken Hall and be reached at 785-628-4401.

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