Pullman PD sees increase in calls, multiple assaults this Halloweekend

Pullman residents experience theft, alcohol offenses, assaults

TYE CRUZ, Evergreen reporter

The Pullman Police Department saw an increase of 23 phone calls this Halloween weekend compared to last year, amounting to 150 calls.

“Halloween is fun, and sometimes people’s alter egos come out,” said Operations Cmdr. Aaron Breshears.

Pullman PD received six calls related to alcohol offenses, 13 theft and burglary offenses, 16 noise complaints and 11 calls about parking issues, according to the Pullman PD police log. It received three calls related to a suicidal person at risk, compared to five similar calls last year.

Other occurrences over the weekend include several assaults, Breshears said.

On Friday, a 26-year-old was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. Additionally, a 20-year-old was charged with fourth-degree and second-degree assault as well as residential burglary, according to the police log.

On Saturday, a caller reported being assaulted by five women the night prior, and the department’s investigation is ongoing, according to the police log. A 21-year-old was arrested and charged with second-degree assault on Sunday.

Pullman PD also arrested 3 individuals for DUIs, according to the police log.

Dawn Daniels, WSU Police Department assistant chief, said they were not anticipating an increase in calls this year, and they did not increase staffing.

The most activity came from people out of town, rather than WSU students, she said.

However, officers responded to an overdose at Scott Hall with medics at around 12:57 p.m. on Saturday and transported the individual to the hospital. Officers and medics also responded to an unconscious person near Stephenson North the same night, according to the police log.

“Moderation is good, don’t use it in excess. Good Cougs watch out for each other,” Daniels said.

On Halloween, WSU PD responded to one report of vandalism near Global Scholars Hall, and a report of theft near Hillside Dining Hall, according to the police log.