NC State beefs up security after sex assault
Posted April 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State University police said Friday that they plan to ramp up security over the next two weeks. The move comes in the wake of a sexual assault on campus early Thursday.
In a notice sent to students, campus police said they would increase patrols near D.H. Hill Library on the main campus and the James Hunt Library on Centennial Campus, which have extended overnight hours during final exams.
The increased patrols, as well as uniformed security overnight for the Brickyard and the pedestrian tunnels on the main campus, will continue until May 9, police said.
A female student reported being attacked on the north side of the Free Expression Tunnel at about 4 a.m. Thursday. She said she was walking from the D.H. Hill Library when a man pushed her from behind into some bushes and sexually assaulted her.
The graffiti-covered Free Expression Tunnel is a primary connector between two sections of the N.C. State campus, allowing students and others to go under railroad tracks that cut across campus.
After reviewing video from nearby security cameras, police on Friday released a photo of a man they want to question in the case, but they said he is not a suspect in the assault.
The attacker is described as black, about 20 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with short hair. He was wearing a black shirt with white writing and blue jeans and fled the area north on foot.
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
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call N.C. State police at 919-515-3000.