Police Warn UConn Students of Dangerous Fugitive

Police are looking for a 23-year-old man who is believed to have stolen credit cards from a residential apartment at the University of Connecticut in Storrs Saturday night.

The suspect, Michael Moses Tarpeh, is a wanted fugitive in West Virginia and Massachusetts.

Tarpeh, a guest at an on-campus apartment, allegedly stole residents’ credit cards while they were asleep. The suspect and residents did not know each other.

Police describe the suspect as a heavyset black male who refers to himself as “Bigggggg Mike.” The suspect, whose last known address is in Virginia, is wanted in Morgantown, West Virginia for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault. He is also wanted by Massachusetts State Police for armed carjacking, robbery and assault and battery of a motorist.

Tarpeh was indicted by the Stafford County grand jury in Virgina in January 2012 for a written threat to kill. He was also arrested in Harrisonburg, Virginia in March 2010 for several counts of burglary, home invasion and receiving stolen property.

Police believe the suspect is no longer on campus. His last known location was in Waterbury.

Anyone with information about the suspect is advised to call UConn Police at 860-486-4800 or email CrimeAlerts@uconn.edu.

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