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NC State beefs up security after sex assault

Posted April 26, 2013

— 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.

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  • kmt Apr 29, 9:42 a.m.

    Why show a picture of a man when he's not a suspect? Now it seems as if he is a suspect.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 26, 7:52 p.m.

    "Young ladies should really not be out at 4:00 a.m. by themselves on school days without a friend nearby."
    welfarequeen

    And by friend, you mean firearm.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 26, 7:52 p.m.

    Young ladies should really not be out at 4:00 a.m. by themselves on school days without a friend nearby.- welfarequeen

    Rapists should not be out at....ANYTIME. But its always the victims fault in your mind

  • welfarequeen Apr 26, 7:39 p.m.

    Young ladies should really not be out at 4:00 a.m. by themselves on school days without a friend nearby.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 26, 7:26 p.m.

    Blah blah blah "beefs up security after...assault." Don't they say the same thing after every tragedy? I seem to remember armed guards in movie theaters after the batman shooting, UNC has rapes monthly, and how long do you think they are going to fund 'resource officers' at public schools when they can't even control class sizes due to cut backs?

  • mfarmer1 Apr 26, 6:54 p.m.

    this area has been an Issue for years, close it or add more security including many Video cameras (with good resolution, not cheep cameras that do absolutely no good). there upgraded security is too little too late, and I am sure there will be a law suit over this shortly.

  • stymieindurham Apr 26, 6:14 p.m.

    Ask a vitim if they want more security today or, yesterday when they were victimized. Bet even YOU know the answer.
    GET PRO-ACTIVE!!!

  • MzLadySmiling Apr 26, 6:05 p.m.

    so they are "beefing up security"....after the fact....
    had they done so BEFORE the attack, maybe it could
    have be prevented in the first place...
    Dern, no rocket science there, fellas.... smh

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 26, 5:56 p.m.

    "How about yesterday's victim - genius? I think she would have liked this "beefed-up" security YESTERDAY. The campus P/D should learn to be pro-active, not re-active, GENIUS."

    Since time travel is not yet possible, there is nothing we can do about yesterday's crime.

    However, we can be proactive RIGHT NOW about the FUTURE, which is something you complain was not done sooner. But yet, you complain that they decided to do this NOW.

    Genius.

  • stymieindurham Apr 26, 5:51 p.m.

    "How about tomorrow's crime, genius?"
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    How about yesterday's victim - genius? I think she would have liked this "beefed-up" security YESTERDAY. The campus P/D should learn to be pro-active, not re-active, GENIUS.

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