Take precautions: officials
By Laura Katsirdakis
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
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
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