Department of Public Safety
November 14, 2022

Aggravated Assault


Timely Warning

The Brown University Department of Public Safety provides this notice in compliance with the Timely Notice provision of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.


On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 11:32 AM, a Rhode Island School of Design faculty member responded to the Brown University Department of Public Safety to report an assault. The faculty member reported that on Monday, November 14 at approximately 6:30 PM while walking east on Power Street at the intersection of Thayer Street, an unknown occupant in a red four-door sedan fired four unknown projectiles at him striking him in the shoulder.  The suspect vehicle drove off in an unknown direction.  The faculty member did not sustain any injuries. 


This incident appears to be a continuation of the projectile incidents that are being fueled by a social media challenge affecting communities and campuses across the country. The incidents we’ve seen locally appear to be random — we have no information to suggest any particular group of people is targeted. The trend in these attacks suggests that those who commit these acts do so from their cars, often traveling across several communities. The projectiles are generally small gel balls that are non-toxic and designed for play.


The Providence Police Department has been notified of this incident.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Providence Police Department at 401-272-3121 or the Brown University Department of Public Safety at 401-863-3322.


The Brown University campus community is always encouraged to take the following steps to keep yourself and others safe:

• Be aware of your surroundings
• Please travel on well-lit streets and throughways
• Report suspicious behavior, even when you are not directly threatened
• If you feel unsafe in any situation, trust your instincts and call Brown DPS at 401-863-3322 or the Providence Police at 401-272-3121

Please review the Brown DPS web page for additional safety awareness information and resources.


 Power and Thayer Streets