UR security officers helped dissuade a potential jumper from leaping off of the Elmwood Avenue Bridge into the Genesee River early Saturday morning.
According to Director of UR Security Walter Mauldin, UR Security received a phone call from the Blue Light emergency phone located at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Trustee Road at 3:32 a.m. Saturday morning. The caller told the dispatcher that he intended to jump off of the bridge.
The dispatcher kept the caller on the line for nearly two minutes, at which point the caller ended the phone call and hung up.
In that time, the dispatcher had notified UR security officers as well as the Rochester Police Department.
Security arrived in the area where the call was made. Officers arrived before the two minutes were up, and they intervened with the caller just as he was about to walk onto the bridge.
The officers proceeded to engage the caller in conversation until RPD officers arrived shortly after.
The RPD officers placed the caller under mental hygiene arrest for protective reasons and transported him to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Pizza prankster apprehended
A joint team of RPD officers and UR security offers apprehended Michael Infantino as he attempted to leave Strong Memorial Hospital Saturday night.
Infantino had placed a false order at a local pizza shop.
According to Mauldin, this was not the suspect’s first offense of this nature.
Infantino, who is 44, had reportedly called an area pizza shop from the hospital with another person’s cell phone. He then ordered pizzas using a fake name and fake credit card number.
Local vendors, having already experienced Infantino’s deceptive practices, had alerted RPD when the questionable call was placed. The police officers contacted UR security officers once they arrived at the UR Medical Center.
Infantino was arrested around 7:30 p.m. He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
He was also charged with several other charges from prior incidents.
Student reports stolen vehicle
A student reported the theft of his car from Valentine Lot. According to Mauldin, the student said that the car was stolen between Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.
The student said that his vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, had been secured when he last left it the day earlier. The student also claimed that no one had any access to the car and he had not given anyone prior permission to drive the vehicle.
There were no remnants of forced entry at the scene. Mauldin said that examples of remnants are broken glass or door trim pieces from the trespasser’s point of entry.
RPD officers responded to the students’ call and took down a report.
Information provided by UR Security.
Wrobel is a member of the class of 2010.