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Police Urge Caution After Attack Reported at UNC

Posted April 28, 2007

— Police at the University of North Carolina have warned those on campus to take extra safety precautions after a reported assault Friday evening.

The alleged assault took place near UNC's Arboretum around 11 p.m., police said, when a female UNC student was walking through the Arboretum and was grabbed from behind.

The student was able to struggle free and escaped without injury, police said. The attacker then escaped on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5'8" tall, with a scruffy beard, dark hair, and dark eyes, wearing jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt. He is believed to have been unarmed at the time of the attack

Public safety officials urged students and staff at the university to avoid walking alone at night and to frequent well-lit areas on campus. They also advised people to immediately report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement by calling 911.

UNC police asked anyone with information in connection with the alleged attack to call the department at (919) 962-8100 or Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515.


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  • tritech Apr 30, 2007

    who the hell wears flannel?

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 29, 2007

    OldRebel...lol. Steve Crisp....rofl. Keep up the good work!

  • sandlizzard12 Apr 29, 2007

    Little Red Riding Hood needs to stay out of the woods at night. Even a wolfet knows not to go into the woods after dark these days

  • Lemmonn Apr 29, 2007

    I'm not impressed UNC, NC State is constantly dealing with armed robberies and assaults on campus...try harder next time

  • Steve Crisp Apr 29, 2007

    Actually, I do feel sympathy for muggers. You see, one should always assume that muggers intend to takes ones life during the commission of their crime. As such, it is the resposibility of the muggee to swiftly remove the concealed weapon that one has been properly trained and licensed to use, aim it at the mugger, pull the trigger, and splatter his or her brains across a wide area. And we all know that a mind is a terrible thing to waste...

  • oldrebel Apr 29, 2007

    "I've (insert [ NO ] here)sympathy for muggers" ..in previous posting. Alas, the difference in meaning when you leave out one little word. Oop's

  • oldrebel Apr 29, 2007

    Yah, everyone nees to carry pepper spray and a hammer with them. Someone attacks you, blind them and then cripple them. I've sympathy for muggers. They prey on the weak and defenseless and if caught just clog the judicial system. After you blind and cripple them, then call 911 and report an injured pedestrian...from a phone booth if you can still find one.

  • gcfarms Apr 29, 2007

    buy some pepper spray and kick him in the nads.

  • lizard Apr 28, 2007

    Arboretum needs pruning. All those trees cause crime to fester.

  • Uncle Paul Apr 28, 2007

    what arboretum ? they cut it back to where you can see though it. speaking of see through do they still have highnoon at the bell tower? When I drive through at noon it does not smell like it used to?