Purdue police investigating reported sexual assault

May 9, 2014  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University police are investigating a reported sexual assault that allegedly occurred around 3 a.m. Friday (May 9) on campus.

A student told police she had left Hicks Undergraduate Library and was walking in the 400 block of Wood Street when she was shoved, pulled into an alley and knocked to the ground. The man briefly got on top of the woman before suddenly getting up and running away.

The suspect was described as dark-skinned, with a ponytail and wearing dark clothing.

As general precautions, police advise not walking alone at night, to walk in well-lit areas, to make noise and attract attention if confronted, and be aware of your surroundings. Purdue's Student Security Patrol and the university police department offer the Safe Walk program, which provides escorts to and from campus buildings. Students in need of an escort can call 765-494-SAFE (7233). Walking escorts are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221, or the WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463). 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Source: Lt. Fred Davis, Purdue University Department, 765-494-8221, fvdavis@purdue.edu

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