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Assault reported on NC State's campus

Posted May 1, 2013

— North Carolina State University police sent a crime alert to students early Wednesday after a female student reported an assault on the north side of Daniels Hall, an academic building in the eastern part of Main Campus. 

The student said she was approached around 11 p.m. Tuesday night by a man who started to engage her in conversation and then put his arm around her. The student sprayed the man with pepper spray, ran and was able to call police. 

Campus and Raleigh police were actively searching for the man early Wednesday.

Authorities said he was black, 19 to 20 years old and stood about 6 feet 3 inches tall. They said he has a full beard and was wearing a red sweatshirt with a black "S" and blue jeans at the time of the reported assault.

He was also carrying a black bag. 

Anyone with information about Tuesday night's assault should call N.C. State police at 919-515-3000. 

Less than a week ago, a student reported being sexually assaulted near the Free Expression Tunnel, a connector between the central and northern parts of Main Campus. 

Campus security has been heightened as a result of the attack, and campus police have urged students to be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Authorities reminded students of the following safety tips:

  • Never walk alone at night
  • Always choose well lit pathways
  • Consider the using the Safety Escort Program, which runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly
  • Have 911 or 919-515-3000 pre-programmed into your phone
  • Report any suspicious activity or persons to Campus Police
  • Be aware of your surroundings, don't walk with headphones playing

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  • zenonx6 May 1, 4:12 p.m.

    IT's gonna get to where every body has to carry something.. Mines gonna bark over here and bite over there.

  • ifcdirector May 1, 4:11 p.m.

    Will this student now be prosecuted for having pepper spray on an educational campus? What does the NC State police chief have to say about wanting to keep students from being unable to defend their lives now that he has a rash of assaults and a robbery on his own beat? Rest assured none of these kids were related to him or any legislator who wants to keep some ridiculous demarcation line that makes it perfectly legal to practice concealed carry off campus but makes that same person a criminal if they step one foot onto a campus.

  • ncno12 May 1, 3:41 p.m.

    tsquaring, Pepper spray is legal in NC. They even sell it in the bookstore on campus. Everyone just needs to be aware of their surroundings and try to walk with someone whenever they go out or call one of the campus security escorts. Simple. Crimes like this are unfortunately normal at the beginning of the semester and the end. At the beginning, students aren't aware of the risks and at the end, everyone is preoccupied with finals.

  • Obamacare survives May 1, 3:01 p.m.

    Pepper spray may rarely, if ever, kill someone. However guns NEVER kill anyone. The people using guns may kill people but the guns don't do it on their own. People have got to stop blaming the tool. It's the worker using the tool that's to blame.

    With your logic, pepper spray never killed anyone either.

  • rargos May 1, 2:50 p.m.

    NC State appears to be more worried about CCW permit holders (who have undergone extensive background checks and have been fingerprinted) leaving weapons in locked cars on campus than they are about rapes, robberies, and assaults.

  • Pirate01 May 1, 2:48 p.m.

    Just recently the NCSU police chief said that YOU do not need to protect yourself on campus with a gun. He also said that he can not stop people from breaking into cars and recently there has been a sexual assault in the "Free Expression Tunnel", a mugging, and this recent incident. Seems to me the wrong people have the guns on campus!!

  • WageSlave May 1, 2:39 p.m.

    "so this happened at 11 PM and they notified the students THE NEXT DAY????????? Am I the only one this doesn't make sense to?"

    Text alarm went out shortly after it happened....we got it before midnight.
    Grand Union

    Yep, I got a WolfAlert email at about 12:50am.

  • ronnyg0447 May 1, 2:23 p.m.

    pepper spray rarely, if ever, kills anyone...guns kill tens of thousands each year.
    Grand Union

    Pepper spray may rarely, if ever, kill someone. However guns NEVER kill anyone. The people using guns may kill people but the guns don't do it on their own. People have got to stop blaming the tool. It's the worker using the tool that's to blame.

  • jdo823 May 1, 2:20 p.m.

    Pepper spray and an air horn are good things to have when walking around campus at night.

  • carrboroyouth May 1, 2:00 p.m.

    "She has the right to be left alone!"

    Thank you! Some one finally gets it. Apparently no one has ever had finals in college. You stay up all night and all day studying, and its within students' rights to do so.