Police issue safety warnings after Towson students assaulted

September 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Towson University police have issued campus-wide safety warnings after two female students were assaulted.

Capt. Robert Novak said police e-mailed warnings and posted fliers last week reminding students to lock their doors and not to let unescorted guests into dormitories. Students also are being reminded that the university offers an escort service so that they don't have to walk alone.

The two assaults were reported last week and are being investigated by Baltimore County and university police.

The first assault - categorized as a third-degree sexual offense - took place Aug. 31 when an 18-year-old woman reported being fondled by a young man she and her roommate had met at a Towson restaurant, campus police said. The incident took place after the women returned to their dormitory room at Prettyman Hall. They left their door unlocked, and the man, accompanied by another man, was able to enter the room, police said.

About 3:30 the next morning, an 18-year-old female student returning to her dorm from Cross Campus Drive near York Road, where she had been dropped off by friends, was attacked by two men who threw her to the ground, county police said. A third man also was present but did not attempt to touch her, police said. The woman told police she was able to run away from her attackers.

From 1999 to 2001, there were 12 rapes and five other sexual offenses reported on campus, Novak said. Most of the victims knew their attackers, he said.

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