USAPD: student abducted, assaulted on campus


University of South Alabama Police say a man who allegedly kidnapped a student and sexually assaulted her is still on the loose.

The university police department says the woman reported being held at gunpoint then forced into her car in the North chemistry building parking lot at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 23.

The victim told investigators she was sexually assaulted at the student health parking lot and nearby Langan Park before her alleged abductor drove her back to the campus after stealing her cell phone and cash.

“It’s scary because it’s like 100 feet from the building that’s where I park. I was running late to class this morning and was here at 9 a.m.,” said USA student, Darci Estefan.

“It was very bizarre it was that early in the morning and the email said it was at gunpoint the fact someone had a gun out at that time, I don’t know (what to think),” said USA student Aaron Chinners.

Students notified hours after alleged kidnapping

Students were sent an e-mail about the crime at 1 p.m. Wednesday, four hours after the alleged abduction. Fox10 News asked why it took so long to alert the campus community.

“We want to make sure we have all the facts right and so we did interviews with the victim to get everything from her so were very accurate,” explained Interim Public Relations Director, Bob Lowery.

History of forcible sex crimes

Lowery says since 2010 there have been 15 reports of forcible sex crimes on campus.

2010: 6
2011: 4
2012: 5

Statistics for 2013 are not released under federal Clery Act guidelines until September.
The victim described her attacker as a black male, early 20′s, close cut hair, slight mustache and whiskers, 5’10″ tall, 180-200 lbs., medium complexion,
green shirt, tan undershirt, blue jeans, and wearing prescription glasses.
Everyone is reminded to always be aware of their surroundings and to notify USA Police at 460-6312 as soon as possible of anything, or anyone that appears suspicious.

 

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