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Duke University Stepping Up Security After Series Of Attacks

Posted February 6, 2002

— Duke University is a campus on edge and on guard after three violent attacks within eight days.

Campus police said that the first incident happened on Jan. 30 when a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted in a bathroom in a dorm on East Campus.

The second incident occurred early on Feb. 2 in the Duke Gardens. Police said that a man with a knife reportedly tried to rob two students. The man was said to be wearing a ski mask and fled after two other students approached.

Then around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, a woman reported being attacked in a bathroom in Perkins Library.

Duke police do not believe the attacks are related. In all three cases, the victims described their attacker differently.

Campus officers are urging students to be very careful, and have stepped up their visibility on campus.

"We are exhausting all of our resources to try and investigate these attacks. We have a very safe campus and we are doing things to make it even more safe," Duke Police Chief Clarence Birkhead said.

Another step is to improve outdoor lighting around campus.

Duke has the largest number of campus police officers in the state. It has 63 uniformed officers, 65 security personnel and 143 employees overall.

Duke is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the sexual assault.

Anyone with information about the attacks should call Duke police at 684-4713.

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