Friday, January 30, 2009

Police looking for suspect in sexual assaults on the U of M's West Bank

Police looking for suspect in sexual assaults on the U of M's West Bank
By Rhoda Fukushima

University of Minnesota police are looking for a man suspected in three incidents of sexual assault on the University of Minnesota's West Bank on Thursday morning.
Police said the criminal sexual contact involving inappropriate sexual contact happened around 8:30 a.m. In each case, the man rode up to the woman on a bike, reached from behind and grabbed her genital area, according to police.
In the first case, the female student was walking on the West Bank Plaza near Anderson Hall when the assault occurred. He fled on the bike toward Wilson Library.
Minutes later, the man assaulted another female student near 19th Avenue South and Washington Avenue.

The man fled and the second victim saw him do the same thing to a third woman nearby. That victim has not yet contacted police. Police are encouraging her to do so as soon as possible.
The man is described as black, about 29 to 39 years old, with a tall, thin build and dark complexion. He was wearing a green hat, brown coat, white tennis shoes and sunglasses. He was riding a red bike.
Campus police are investigating these incidents as well as a similar assault Dec. 9.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Women accuse YSU employee of rape

Women accuse YSU employee of rape

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009
YOUNGSTOWN — Two women, one of them a Youngstown State University student, have accused a YSU employee of rape.
A YSU police report said the victims were both assaulted in the student’s apartment in University Courtyard Apartments between 12 and 3 a.m. Jan. 17.
The assaults weren’t reported until Jan. 21, police said.
The women told police they know the man involved and have spent time with him in the past watching movies, eating dinner and working out. The YSU student said she’s known him for about five years.
The women said they had dinner with the man at a restaurant in Boardman on the night of the assault and then went to the Courtyard apartment to watch movies.
At some point, both victims told police, they found themselves in bed with the man but didn’t know how they got there. Both also said they recalled regaining consciousness to find the man on top of them and having intercourse with them without their consent, according to police

Sexual Predator Attacks Students Near UC Berkeley

Sexual Predator Attacks Students Near UC Berkeley

Berkeley police said Wednesday night that they are seeking the community's help in catching a predator who they believe is responsible for assaulting at least three college-aged women south of the University of California at Berkeley campus.Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said detectives believe the suspect is focusing on women who are wearing skirts.She said that in each case the suspect approached the victim from behind, lifted her skirt and tried to sexually assault her.

Drexel Students Accused in Alleged Temple Sex Assault
updated 8:15 p.m. ET, Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009

Police are investigating a report of sexual assault, allegedly by two Drexel students.The victim, according to police, is a Temple student.The 19-year old Temple student was on her way home from a party early Saturday morning, according to police. She was walking in the area of the 3300 block of Arch Street around 1:30 a.m.Two men approached the Temple student, according to police. The Temple student ended up inside a dorm on the Drexel campus where both men, according to Philadelphia police, sexually assaulted her.

Woman escapes Overture assault

Woman escapes Overture assault

by Heather Burian
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A woman walking though the Overture Center parking ramp Tuesday morning protected herself from attack by kicking the perpetrator in the groin.

Around 10:30 a.m., the 28-year-old Stoughton woman was walking from her car to the stairwell on the second level of the parking ramp when she noticed two men hidden in the stairway.
According to Joel DeSpain, spokesperson for Madison Police Department, the woman did not pay much attention to the men.

The victim was then pulled to the ground by one perpetrator. To free herself, she kicked her foot into the perpetrator’s groin.

“Certainly she’s shaken up by this, and it’s got to be very scary and very alarming, but I don’t think she’s physically injured,” DeSpain said.

The victim ran to safety and dialed 911, and MPD was immediately dispatched to the site.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Two apartments robbed at gunpoint in San Luis Obispo

Two apartments robbed at gunpoint in San Luis Obispo

A scary night for one college student, after his door is kicked in and he is taken against his will.

At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night, officers were called out to the 1200 block of Murray Street in San Luis Obispo.
"I was able to hear the cops breaking up the fight. I could hear them talking through their speaker but I didn't know it was a fight at the time," said Cal Poly student Phoebe Pynchon, who lives in the complex.
Investigators said it was like something out of a movie. Police officers were dispatched to the apartment complex, where they said a man kicked in the front door of a 19-year-old Cal Poly student's apartment.
The victim told police that once the suspect was inside, he showed off his gun and demanded the student's property. Investigators said when he wasn't satisfied, he took the student at gunpoint to a neighbor's apartment and kicked in that door and began to take things.
"That's a little scary. That's more extreme than anything I've heard of going on this street," said Pynchon.
Investigators said before officers arrived, the apartment manager fought off the suspect, who then ran away.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Staff reportPublished: January 26, 2009
Student reportedly assaulted at fraternity

A 19-year-old student reported he was assaulted at the Delta Chi fraternity parking lot on Biggio Drive early Saturday morning, according to an Auburn police report.The Auburn University student said he was confronted by several men in the parking lot and they physically assaulted him, Auburn police Capt. Tom Stofer said.The man received medical treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening, Stofer said. He said he did not have further details on the man’s injuries.The incident reportedly occurred between 2 and 2:30

BREAKING NEWS: UD police investigating December rape

BREAKING NEWS: UD police investigating December rape
Student reported incident on Sunday
Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 2:41 PM CST

The University of Delaware announced on Monday afternoon that campus police are investigating the rape of a student that reportedly occurred last month.In a statement released on UD’s news Web site,, campus officials said the student reported the incident to University Police on Jan. 25.The assault is alleged to have occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2008 in a wooded area behind the Christiana East Tower residence hall on the northern end of the university’s Newark campus.

Three men allegedly participated in the student’s rape. Two of the suspects are described as 6-feet-1-inch tall, clean shaven, with large builds. One of them was wearing a black puffy jacket and dark pants and may have been armed with a handgun. A second suspect reportedly had a chain around his neck and was wearing dark clothes, while athird suspect is described as having a small build and wearing work boots and a dark-colored beanie hat.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

SUU student suspected in kidnap, rape attempt

SUU student suspected in kidnap, rape attempt

By Erin Alberty

The Salt Lake Tribune
Posted: 01/22/2009 04:43:07 PM MST

A Southern Utah University student was arrested this week on suspicion of kidnapping a classmate and trying to rape her.
The victim, 22, accepted the man's invitation to watch a movie at his home in Cedar City after a date Sunday, said Cedar City police Sgt. Jerry Womack.
Instead, the man, 21, grabbed the woman by her hair and dragged her to his bedroom, Womack said. He threatened her with a knife, molested her and "made several attempts" to rape her throughout the night, Womack said. The woman fought him off until morning, when she persuaded the man to let her go, Womack said. The victim and the suspect both are international students from South Korea, he said.
He was charged Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and attempted forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies.

ND student reports sexual assault

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ND student reports sexual assault
Observer Staff Report
Issue date: 1/20/09 Section: News

NDSP is investigating a sexual assault reported by a Notre Damestudent on Jan. 17. The assault occurred in a residence hall onFriday, Jan. 16 and was reported as committed by an acquaintance.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available at and from the Office of Student Affairs at report a crime in progress, suspicious activity, fire, or medical emergency, call 9-1-1 from any campus phone or NDSP at 631-5555.

Woman talks her way out of rape situation, police say,5143,705279285,00.html

Woman talks her way out of rape situation, police say
By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 11:53 a.m. MST

A quick thinking woman managed to talk a man out of raping her several times, Cedar City police said.
The 21-year-old woman went out on a first date with a fellow student at Southern Utah University on Sunday night, police said, ending up at his apartment.
"It was the first time they'd met and been together for any length of time," Cedar City police detective Mike Bleak said Wednesday. "They went back to his place and were watching a movie and he allegedly jumped her."

Police said the woman tried to fight him off, but was dragged into the bedroom.
"She tried to escape and he held a knife to her throat and told her if she'd escape, he'd kill her," Bleak said.
The woman told police the man attempted to rape her several times, but she fought him off and managed to talk him out of it. For the next several hours, Bleak said the woman was held captive in the apartment.

"He assaulted her several times, but she was able to talk him down several times and get him to calm down. Then he would attack her again," Bleak said.
About 7 a.m. Monday, police said the woman was able to persuade the man to let her go. She went home and told the family she was living with, who took her to the hospital and notified officers. Police later arrested Woonghee Cho, 21, and booked him into the Iron County Jail on investigation of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and forcible sodomy. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Anderson University coed reportedly kidnapped, raped

ANDERSON — Security for coeds at Anderson University was stepped up early today following the reported rape of an 18-year-old student.

According to Anderson police, the student was abducted by two men as she walked near the school’s soccer field about 1 a.m. at Calhoun Street and Kingsley Road. She was driven to another location and reportedly raped and returned to campus about an hour later, according to a spokesman for the Anderson Police Department.

Randall Williams, the police spokesman, said the two men have not been arrested. Each one faces charges in the attack on the woman.

The woman was treated at AnMed Health Medical Center, according to the incident report.
Williams said the victim did not know her attackers.

Williams said students should not venture outside at night unless they go with a companion, are aware of their surroundings and have a cellular phone with them.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MSU police: Student assaulted by three men

EAST LANSING — A 19-year-old Michigan State University student was assaulted Tuesday by three men as she walked on campus, police said.The woman told police she was walking to her vehicle near Fee Hall at about 6 p.m., when one man approached her from the right and placed his arm around her left shoulder, according to a news release from MSU police.A second man approached her from the left and placed his arm around her right shoulder, as a third man followed her from behind, police said.The men made obscene comments. As they reached some railroad tracks, the two suspects released her and began running, police said.

The student was not injured and refused medical attention, police said.The suspects, two black males and a white male, were described as ranging in age from 18 to 23 years old and approximately 6 feet tall. One black male was described as “heavy set,” wearing baggy jeans with a black-and-gold leather jacket. The second black male was thin, wearing a silver chain, a “puffy, multicolored” jacket with unidentified lettering and black jeans. The white male wore a blue and white flat-brimmed baseball cap.Anyone with information is urged to call Michigan State University police at 355-2222.

Chico State Rape Arrest

A Chico man is arrested for raping a student at Chico State. 23-year-old Richard Bassett was arrested Tuesday. The attack happened back in October. Police say Bassett kidnapped the victim at gunpoint and raped her somewhere between Kendall and Trinity Halls. Bassett is charged with rape by force, kidnapping, robbery and making criminal threats. He was booked into the Butte County Jail.

Monday, January 19, 2009

UWM Student Assaulted, Suspect Nabbed

A UW-Milwaukee student was sexually assaulted in her off-campus apartment on Saturday morning, according to Milwaukee police. The accused attacker was arrested within an hour of the assault.

MILWAUKEE - A University of Wisconsin Milwaukee student was sexually assaulted in her off-campus apartment on Saturday morning, according to Milwaukee police. The accused attacker was arrested within an hour of the assault. The alleged attack happened in an off-campus apartment on Oakland Ave. Police may have caught the suspect so quickly because the victim fought back. The attack happened just blocks from the UWM campus, according the police. On Sunday, TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Michael George spoke with young women who go to school at UWM. "I'm not surprised, but by how close it is, actually, I'm very frightened. I was actually just on my way for a walk. But now I'm thinking of going back and doing an inside workout," said UWM sophomore Carly Zietlow.

A 19-year-old student told police she woke up to find a stranger in the bedroom of her apartment. She says he got in through an unlocked door, sexually assaulted her, and fled. Just as disturbing as how the crime happened is when it happened: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The victim did manage to injure her attacker, and that's how police caught the suspect. A Shorewood police officer spotted an injured man before the report of the assault had even come in. The suspect claimed he'd been in a fight, but when the officer questioned him, he said he didn't want to file a police report.

Fortunately, the officer did ask for his name and address. Minutes later, when the attacker's description went out, the officer realized she had just met him. Police arrested him at his home within an hour of the alleged assault. But many students were still worried about their own safety. "It's scary. Cause, I mean, most of the time you think stuff like that happens at night, and it's broad daylight now. So, you gotta make sure you're protected at all times," said sophomore Vanessa Medina. The suspect is a 28-year-old man with a criminal record. He has not been charged with a crime, but the district attorney's office is expected to look into the case on Monday.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quick Police Apprehension after Student is Raped

Quick Police Apprehension after Student is Raped

MILWAUKEE -- A college student is allegedly raped in her off-campus home and police quickly apprehend the suspect.
It happened around 11 a.m. on the city's east side.
The 19-year-old U-W Milwaukee student says she was sleeping in her home when she awoke to a stranger sitting on her bed.

Police say the 28 year-old suspect entered the home, attacked and sexually assaulted her.
The suspect then fled on foot and was stopped by a suspicious Shorewood police officer. The officer got his name and address and then waited until a friend picked him up.
Minutes later the same Shorewood officer heard a sexual assault suspect description over the scanner, matching the same man she had just spoken with. The officer contacted Milwaukee Police.

The suspect was arrested less than an hour after the alleged assault. He's being held on pending 2nd degree sexual assault charges.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Murder trial begins in Italy for UW student

By KOMO Staff & News Services
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PERUGIA, Italy - A judge ruled Friday that the trial of an American student accused of killing her British roommate would remain open to the media despite concerns about the indignity of releasing sensitive details of an alleged sexual attack.On the first day of the trial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, presiding Judge Giancarlo Massei rejected a request by the family of victim Meredith Kercher to have the proceedings closed to the public and the media.Massei barred cameras from filming, but ruled the trial would remain open to print journalists - although some sessions could be closed. The next session was scheduled for Feb. 6.The ruling was one of several technical issues ironed out at the start of the trial of Knox, 21, from Seattle, and Raffaele Sollecito, 24.Both are charged with murder and sexual violence in the slaying of Kercher, who was found stabbed to death Nov. 2, 2007 in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of Rome where both were exchange students.

Lack of women in OU police force may stop girls from reporting rape

Lack of women in OU police force may stop girls from reporting rape
Published: Friday, January 16, 2009

The Ohio University Police Department has 26 officers, and only one of them is female — meaning women make up about 4 percent of the force. About 51 percent of OU’s Athens campus student body was female during Fall Quarter 2007. In contrast, women make up 11 percent of the police force at Miami University, 20 percent at the University of Toledo and 29 percent at Kent State University.
OUPD has to change.

This is not merely a matter of equal representation or affirmative action or something else warm and fuzzy and politically correct. This is about having officers in place that may better be able to handle sexual assault cases. In 2005, according to the 2008 Clery Report, 17 forcible sexual assaults were reported among OU students. In 2006, four were reported. In 2007, that number was 12. The results are not yet in for 2008, but the numbers are likely similar — and study after study has shown that across America, reported sexual assaults are a mere fraction of what actually takes place.

How many were never reported at OU because a student was uncomfortable and ashamed of discussing it with a male officer, we can never know. But it is not just speculating to assume that a young woman who has undergone a horrific, traumatizing rape might recoil from recounting the story to a man. This isn’t sexism: This is about creating an environment in which rape victims feel comfortable to come forward.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

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CHARLESTON SC (WCSC) - On Wednesday night at around 8:30, a woman walking home downtown was hit on the back of the head, knocked down, and robbed. It happened near the intersection of St. Phillip and Morris Streets. We talked to a witness, who doesn't want to be identified. She says she was getting out of her car when the other woman was attacked.
"I'm still in shock that it happened there could have been so many times that it happened to me or one of my friends", the witness said.

According to police, the victim turned from King to Radcliffe and heard a man say "she's alone get her before her house". She turned and saw 2 men standing on the street, so she started walking faster, and they started walking faster and the next thing she remembers is being hit on the back of the head and falling on the ground.

"I didn't want to run after them because what if they would come on to me to then nobody would know what was going on", the witness said

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Student Fights Off Intruder

A criminal justice student stops an alleged armed burglary in his own home. Patrick Houlihan is from New London and was home on Christmas break when he says a man broke into his home. According to a report, Timothy Hill held him and his three friends hostage by gun point.
Patrick says the man entered the house through an open garage, and secured two guns from a safe. Patrick and five others friends were hanging out in the recreation room when the man allegedly broke in. "He told us he was actually downstairs in that room after he had the guns, he said he watched us for about an hour, waiting for people to leave," Houlihan said.
Patrick says two of his friends went out to get something in the car, and when they didn't return, Patrick went looking. That's when he found his two friends face down on the pavement of his driveway, with a gun pointed at them. "He assured us the whole time the guns were loaded, and I will blow your brains out right now," said Houlihan.

Patrick is a second year criminal justice student at UW-Platteville. He decided to pursue the law enforcement degree because of his involvement with the New London Police Explorers during his high school years. And he says these skills helped him during this hostage situation.
"Once I was on the ground, he had the control point of him having the gun, but the whole conversation for the most part I was controlling him, I was find out exactly what he was doing, exactly what was going on," said Houlihan said.

19 year old Timothy Hill has been charged with six felonies in connection to the crime.

Monday, January 12, 2009

College Student Fights Off Intruders Armed with Toy Gun

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Police are looking for three men who broke into a college student's apartment, fought with him, and ran off leaving a toy gun behind.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the incident happened Friday at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of North Don Quixote Circle, a block south of Beach Boulevard and San Pablo Road.
A 20-year-old University of North Florida student told police three men knocked on his door around 11:30 p.m. He says he opened the door and the guys told him they had the wrong apartment.
The man says about 20 minutes later the same three men came back to his apartment. He says one of the men forced the door open, and pulled out a gun.
The victim says he hit the gun as hard as he could, then got into a fight with the suspect. At this time the other two suspects barged in and tried to take an X-Box 360 and laptop computer.
The student tells police he fought with all three men. He says one of the suspects dropped the gun, and picked up the victim's BB gun before taking off.
After the suspects left, the victim examined the gun they'd left, and realized it was a fake.
Police questioned the victim's two roommates, who were home at the time of the incident. They told police they heard a scuffle, but it happened so quickly that they came out and found the suspects had gone.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Assault at UT Dallas leads to call from, arrest of man on campus

An unnamed woman working in the South Engineering and Computer Science building on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas was attacked and assaulted Friday evening (Jan. 9). She was able to offer a description of her assailant before being taken to a hospital, instigating a campus-wide search.

Less than an hour later, a man called university police to say that he was the guy they were looking for; he was taken into custody at a student housing facility.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Neb. student to go to trial on sex assault charges

Associated Press - January 9, 2009 12:05 PM ET
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) - A Wayne State College student charged with three counts of sexual assault on the northeast Nebraska campus will face trial in May.
Police arrested 20-year-old Lance Fick of Inman in October for an incident they say involved one victim that took place on the college campus.
Fick pleaded not guilty Thursday in Wayne County District Court. His trial has been set for May 26.
Fick remains free on bond.

Goshen man convicted in BRCC sexual assault

Goshen man convicted in BRCC sexual assault
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STAUNTON — A man accused of sexually assaulting a Blue Ridge Community College student inside a car on campus was found guilty today of sexual battery in Augusta County General District Court and sentenced to 30 days in jail, but 19-year-old Coltan J. Strong will remain free while he appeals the conviction.

Strong, of Goshen, was arrested in October on allegations he forced an 18-year-old woman into a car on Sept. 24 and repeatedly fondled her as she struggled to break free.
The victim testified that she and Strong were "strictly friends." He became agitated upon seeing a text from her boyfriend, snatching her phone and taking her car keys between classes at the college.

She said Strong grabbed her by the hood of her sweatshirt and pulled her into the parking lot, forcing her inside her car. "I figured he was just playing," the woman testified.
With Strong driving, she said they went to a nearby gas station and then back to a school parking lot. As she tried to exit the car, she said Strong grabbed her clothing and kept her in the vehicle, then drove to a second parking lot on campus.

The woman said Strong pulled her arms behind a front seat and, holding them with one hand, fondled her as she struggled.
"I couldn't get free," she said. "Finally, he got on top of me."
The woman said she bit Strong's lip and got out of the car. She said Strong followed her to a class they shared. After class, the woman said she went home and told her parents of the incident. Authorities were then notified, she said.

FAU police on the search for sexual assault suspect

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January 9, 2009 - 12:25 AM
Althea Paul
The search is on for a suspect who police say sexually assaulted two women at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus.
"You think that when you're on a school campus, you're in a safer area. There's more people around," said FAU student, Danielle.

But that was not the case for two women Thursday, according to police at Florida Atlantic University's Boca campus. Authorities say at about three o'clock in the afternoon, a female student was sitting on a bench in parking lot 16, when a stranger approached her. He grabbed her arm and tried to get her to follow him into the parking lot.

"He grabbed her by the arm again and she pulled away from him. He actually grabbed her up into a bear hug and he touched her inappropriately, said some inappropriate things to her. She was able to push him off and he ultimately left," said FAU police chief, Charles Lowe.
About an hour or so after that, police say a female staff member was approached while she was outside the library. The man also grabbed her, touched her inappropriately and said inappropriate things.The victim was able to push him off as a nearby friend walked up and the suspect took off.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Littlejohn gets 25 to life in kidnapping of York College student

A Queens Supreme Court judge showed no leniency when he sentenced Darryl Littlejohn to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday for impersonating a law enforcement officer and kidnapping a York College student on her way home from school more than three years ago.

The 44-year-old Jamaica man, who is also awaiting trail in Brooklyn in the rape and murder of a John Jay College student, was dressed in a navy suit and silent as Judge Gregory Lasak issued his punishment for his convictions on kidnapping, assault and robbery charges. Lasak chastised Littlejohn, who has had five earlier convictions since 1980, for ruining 22-year-old Shanai Woodard’s life when he handcuffed her and threw her into his van on Oct. 19, 2005.


On Wednesday evening, January 7th, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a femaleUniversity student was assaulted while walking north on Avenue South. The student fought back with her fists and umbrella while screaming for assistance, as the suspect grabbed her by the waist and tried to pull her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the assailant fled south on Avenue and then east on Street. The victim reported no injuries.