EKU Police are still searching for the individual who allegedly sexually assaulted a non-EKU-affiliated male on university property, said EKU Police Chief Brian Mullins in an email notice. The victim reported the assault at 2:13 p.m. and said it happened 200 to 300 feet behind the Baptist Health Medical Center in a wooded area.
The suspect is described as being a white male 40 to 45 years of age, over 6 feet tall and weighing 240 to 275 pounds. The man was also described as having a black goatee, black bushy hair shorter than shoulder length and was wearing blue jeans, white shoes with green accents and a white shirt that read “Berea Swim."
The victim said the suspect followed him on foot from the area around the Arby’s on the Eastern Bypass to the wooded area behind the hospital. EKU Police are currently investigating.
Mullins also sent a list of precautions for members of the campus community to follow in order to keep themselves safe:
Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark to see that academic buildings, walkways, facilities and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
Use the campus escort or shuttle services at night.
Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door and request that someone call the police. Note the description of the person following you.
Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
Download and use the free LiveSafe app.
Report suspicious activity or people to EKU Police Department.
You can request an escort through the LiveSafe Mobile App or by calling the EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.
Those with information about this incident can call EKU Police at 859-622-1111. They can also provide information anonymously through the LiveSafe app or the EKU Police Tip Reporting form at http://police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.