By Cassondra Kirby/editor
Within four days, four women and one man were assaulted at Eastern and two other Kentucky universities – causing school officials to increase patrol, cover the campus in safety flyers and send out mass e-mails alerting students.Two of the assaults, at the University of Kentucky and Eastern, occurred within two hours of each other Tuesday night and were similar. This lead the public safety division of each university to work together to determine if the attacker was the same man.
“There’s nothing we can see that connects them. There are some similarities, but there are a lot of dissimilarities too,” said Tom Lindquist, director of Eastern’s Division of Public Safety. “The victim at UK can’t identify our composite – there’s really nothing we have that will link the two at this point.”
The first attack occurred between 9-10 p.m. Aug. 26 at UK. According to an e-mail sent to students at the school by UK Police Chief Fred Otto, a 19-year-old female student was sexually abused in a parking lot at the corner of Woodland and Columbia avenues near the William T. Young Library. The suspect approached her from behind as she was walking through the parking lot, according to the e-mail. The suspect is male, white, about 6 feet tall, approximately 230 pounds and 20-30 years of age. He has short, light brown or blonde hair and was wearing a red shirt and denim pants. The victim described the suspect as muscular.
The woman, who suffered minor bruising, was able to fight the attacker off causing him to flee the area.
About an hour after the attack at UK, a student at Eastern reported that she was attacked while jogging north on University Drive. At the intersection of Crabbe Street, someone yelled at her, she reported. The victim told Eastern police that she thought it was someone she knew and said she stopped jogging as the male approached her.
After the attacker questioned her about whether she attended Eastern and what year she was, she then tried to jog away. However, according to the police report, after she took four or five steps the male grabbed the back of her shirt and started pulling her into the bushes near the Burrier Building.
According to the report, she started to pull away from the male, but he then grabbed her shorts and attempted to pull them down. The victim yelled at the attacker, pulled away and hit him in the face.
The male let her go and she ran back to her residence hall.
Police are looking for a male about 5 feet 6 inches, 22 to 25 years old with short brown hair, sideburns and a goatee. Although Lindquist says public safety has followed many leads in the case, none have led police to the attacker.
“We’ve had a lot of people provide information to us – people that have seen the composite and have people they think it looks like,” Lindquist said. “So, we’ve been following a number of leads but right now none of them have panned out.”
Along with the female who was assaulted while jogging, between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 22 another female student reported an unknown person entered her Dupree Hall dorm room and struck her on the back with a baseball bat. No injury was observed and the complainant refused medical attention. The incident is still under investigation.
The same day, a male student at Eastern reported he was assaulted just before 3 a.m. by three men.
“The individual knew the attackers,” Lindquist said. “There were words exchanged between the victim and three attackers and there was a fight that resulted.”
According to a news release from Western Kentucky University, on Aug. 23, a woman reported being raped at Barnes-Campbell Hall, a dorm that houses men and women.
After police interviewed the student, she was taken to the Medical Center at Bowling Green for examination.
Western Police Chief Bob Deane said a male student was questioned in the case, according to the release, then arrested for alcohol intoxication. He has not been charged in connection with the reported rape.
Eastern’s alleged attacker
The suspect is a white male; 22 to 25 years old. He is 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build and fair complexion.
He has short brown hair parted to the side with a goatee and sideburns. Last seen he was wearing a white T-shirt, khaki pants, and gray and white tennis shoes.
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