Volume 90, Issue 86

Friday, March 07, 1997



Abduction attempt thwarted

By Kevin Gale
Gazette Staff

A woman barely managed to avoid being abducted in broad daylight yesterday morning in the second attack against a woman on Western's campus this year.

Sgt. Jack Churney of the London Police Force said at 8:00 a.m., the woman was being forced into a car by two males when she kicked one of her assailants in the groin, allowing her to break away from the men and escape without injury.

The incident occurred on the northeast side of Western's dental building, in the traffic circle by the John P. Robart's Research Institute.

Police are looking for a six-foot-one, 250-pound white male in his late 20s with black hair and a beard who was wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

Also being sought is a second white male who is six-feet-ten inches, 180 pounds in his mid-20s who was wearing a black fleece coat and high winter boots.

Both suspects were last seen by the victim leaving the scene in a small grey four-door car. The criminal investigations division of the LPF are still investigating and neither the city nor campus police are aware of any witnesses at the scene.

Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department said the woman returned home before reporting the incident to police and initially contacted the London police. McGowan was unable to confirm the woman was a student. "This is one of the reasons we would like to see a campus watch program in place," she said. McGowan added it would make it faster to relay information about incidents faster to groups like Foot Patrol and the police to help prevent these attacks. "We should take caution regardless of whether these occurences happen."

This is the second attack since January against a woman on campus, the other being an attempted sexual assault against a female Western student at the base of University College hill late at night. This is already up from one a year for the last five years.

University Students' Council campus safety commissioner Christine Mazzuca said she has done presentations to frosh about sexual assault and campus safety and has been working with McGowan and Foot Patrol on communication improving initiatives. "There is always room to improve," she said.

To Contact The News Department: gaznews@julian.uwo.ca

Copyright The Gazette 1997