Assault Charges Filed Against SSI Guard

A Harvard senior yesterday filed charges against a Security Systems Inc. (SSI) guard for allegedly assaulting her in the laundry room of 20 DeWolfe.

Accompanied by two Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) detectives, Jesse S. Downs '00-'01 registered her version of the events with a Middlesex County District Court clerk.

In the statement, Downs said she entered the first-floor laundry room around 11 p.m. on March 23 to finish cleaning her clothes.


DeWolfe security guard Errol Allen appeared behind her, grabbed her upper left arm, then stumbled around in front of her, she said in her statement.

Then, she alleged, Allen stammered something "unintelligible" and she turned and walked away.

Downs' complaint reports Allen's eyes were "extremely" bloodshot--and the guard could not walk straight.

In her report, she said she believed he was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

In an interview with The Crimson, Downs said, "Part of the reason I filed the report was I thought he was abusing substances while on the job."

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