Buffalo State PD looking for burglary suspect

Posted at 7:56 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 13:10:55-04

Police are looking for a man they believe broke into a female Buffalo State student’s office campus home, Wednesday morning.

Both the University Police Department at Buffalo State and the City of Buffalo Police Department say, Willie E. Caldwell, a 51 year old, stalked the student near the school's library before the alleged break-in.

Police say Caldwell ran after the student yelled for help around one o’clock Wednesday morning. The student was unharmed.

Caldwell has an extensive criminal history and active warrants for his arrest. He's wanted in Jamestown for public lewdness and Erie, PA for a campus related incident.

Buffalo State University Police Chief Peter Carey says they have no leads on Caldwell's whereabouts.

He also says multiple safety resources are available to students, like police escorts, a campus shuttle and emergency blue lights.

The attempted burglary happened at the victim's off-campus apartment, so Buffalo and campus police are working together.

Since many students live off-campus, security and safety for those students once they leave school grounds will be left to the law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction. Caldwell is not a student at Buffalo State.

Chief Carey says there are no plans to close the campus to non-students. Police are asking if you encounter the suspect, call University Police at (716) 878-6333 if you are on campus, or call 911 from off campus.

If you have any information that may be of assistance, please call University Police or the City of Buffalo Police “D” District office at (716) 851-4413.

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