Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to several crimes on campus in recent days, in what officials said was an unusual period of activity in a semester that has seen relatively few incidents. MPD responded to a simple assault shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 13. Darryl Harrison, director of the Department of Public Safety, said that MPD arrested a Georgetown student at Village A for involvement in an incident with another individual who does not attend Georgetown. A report was filed with the MPD but was not made available to the public. Harrison said no one was treated for injuries in the assault. He said that charges against the student were recently dismissed by the United States Attorney’s Office. Six days after the assault, Amirai Mali, a research assistant at Georgetown University Hospital, reported a theft at the New Research Building. At 3:10 p.m. on Monday, a Sony Vaio laptop and a backpack were stolen from a lab in the building, according to an MPD incident report. Harrison said that the stolen items were left unattended and that there were no witnesses to the theft. He added that no suspects had yet been identified. Mali could not be reached for comment. The two crimes are a departure from what has been characterized by university safety officials as a relatively quiet semester. Both Harrison and Vice President for University Safety David Morrell said that crime rates have been low since the start of the spring semester. “We have had very few thefts on campus since the beginning of the new year,” Harrison said. Last month a student was held at gunpoint near campus but escaped unharmed. “Things have been pretty quiet so far,” Morrell said. “We’ll have to see. With the weather getting nicer, sometimes there’s a tendency for activity to pick up.” The MPD Detective Bureau declined to comment on both incidents, as both remain under investigation.

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