January 27, 2004  
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NEWS

On-campus assault
Take precautions: officials

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff
Matt Prince/Gazette
PROTECTING THE MASSES. Due to a recent assault on campus, the emergency phone pillars set up across campus become even more important.

Officials are warning students against walking alone on campus after a female student was assaulted in a brazen attack near the D.B. Weldon Library parking lot last Wednesday night.

“The complainant had spoken to the [Campus Community Police Service] and has been reassigned to us,” said Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department, adding the case is being handled by the sexual assault and child abuse division.

According to Martin, the woman was allegedly attacked from behind at 9:40 p.m. while walking on campus. “It is important to take any precautionary measures [such as] the buddy system,” he advised.

Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the CCPS, said the victim suffered no injuries and the alleged attack was considered a minor assault.

He explained that the area where the alleged assault took place was under heightened security, with officers posted in the Weldon lot at night. “We talked to quite a few people in that area [as part of the investigation].”

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 years old, 5’11”, with short blonde hair, Austen confirmed, adding he was also reportedly wearing khakis, running shoes and a black or dark brown coat.

Austen advised students not to walk alone at night and to stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas. He noted that in this case, however, the Weldon lot is actually well-lit.

“If people feel uncomfortable walking at night they should contact Foot Patrol,” he said, adding Foot Patrol only operates until midnight. Campus police can be contacted to escort pedestrians after midnight, Austen added.

“We would hope that in today’s day and age all women would be safe [walking at night],” Martin said. “The concern now is that women utilize the common practices of safety.”

He added that the investigation is still ongoing. “We are working in conjunction with the university police.”

“In light of the event, students should take precautions: walk in groups, use well-lit areas especially at night,” said Adrienne Kennedy, the University Students’ Council’s VP-campus issues. “Be aware of your surroundings and use Foot Patrol.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact CCPS or Crime Stoppers.

 

 

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