by Jess Hoogendoorn
The main entrance to the Lawrenceville campus was closed earlier than usual Wednesday evening in response to a harassment incident.
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 11, students who were walking on campus were verbally harassed and intimidated by a person driving or sitting in a vehicle between 6:50 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., according to a notification bulletin sent to the Rider community on Wednesday.
The person was allegedly playing loud music and in one incident was said to have been driving erratically.
The bulletin states that the main suspect is Enzo Rodriguez, 23. Rodriguez was a Rider student, according to Dean of Students Anthony Campbell. The car he was allegedly driving is believed to be a 2008 silver Dodge Charger with tinted windows and 20-inch chrome wheels. The vehicle has a New York license plate that reads EEV-245.
Lawrence Township Police were notified of the incident and additional Public Safety officers were put on patrol.
“We have made contact with him, and I think the situation is being handled effectively,” Campbell said early Thursday. “We will update the warning notices as more information becomes available.”
Another updated bulletin was sent yesterday evening stating that Rodriguez met with Campbell and is no longer enrolled at Rider. Rodriguez is no longer permitted on either of Rider’s campuses.
The bulletin sent to the community was a timely warning notice that is required by the Clery Act.
“The Clery Act requires that if we think something is going on that might affect the safety of the campus, we have to notify the students,” said Campbell. “With the concerns we had from the reports we got from students, and the fact that we didn’t know where he was, we wanted to make the community aware.”