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Rape reported in ECU bathroom

Posted June 26, 2009

— East Carolina University police opened an investigation after a female student reported that she was raped in a bathroom of a classroom Wednesday afternoon.

According to text alerts from campus police, a man armed with a knife assaulted the woman in the women's bathroom on the first floor of the Austin Building shortly before 2 p.m. The man, who was wearing blue jeans, fled in an unknown direction.

It was unclear if the man was waiting in the bathroom or followed the victim inside the building.

Local CBS affiliate WNCT reports that the woman suffered small cuts on her arm and was treated at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

A police report, obtained by WNCT, says that police were investigating a first-degree rape, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Anyone with any information should call the ECU Police Department at 252-328-6787 or the ECU Police Crime Tip Line at 252-737-8477.


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  • Eduardo1 Jun 26, 2009

    Great description: Bluejeans. Was he white, black, latino, asian, etc. approx age, hair colr anything more than blue jeans DUH~

  • aer0622 Jun 26, 2009

    Austin is the building for recreational and leisure studies, it has classrooms and lab areas, the first floor has a bathroom on the back hall surrounded by classrooms. ECU sent out several emails about the assault but never once said it was a rape.

  • str Jun 26, 2009

    "...in a bathroom of a classroom" - how did that become a DORM. OK, since she didn't go to his dorm room, she was in a classroom, "she came unto him' & then cried "WOLF"? Either way, it had to be her fault, right? I truly hope you are NOT a PROFESSOR! Yes, you have gotten some attention - is that what you are looking for? Imagine how this young girl's life has been changed - trying to get an education, etc. - but I'm sure you have no sympathy, unless it's for the rapist. SICK!

  • karend1980 Jun 26, 2009

    Yeah. Austin is a computer and math building. When I was at ECU, there a few rapes reported in west campus. Sorry to hear about this happening to anyone but in the summer, there are way less people walking around campus.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    Professor - this did not happen in a dorm room. WRAL is reporting it as such, but Austin is a classroom building.

    OK, but I got your attention that these issues of men and ladies visiting in the dorm room do go on if the parents think differently. In the classroom? Did the young lady come unto the young man? Happens all the time, until she is caught and then cries "WOLF"

  • wp Jun 26, 2009

    Professor - this did not happen in a dorm room. WRAL is reporting it as such, but Austin is a classroom building.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    You would think there would be too many people coming in and out of the restrooms at that time of day for a rape to occur.

    Not really. Visit a dorm and then you will know for sure.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    Paying parents did you know your daughter is sleeping with a guy right in her dorm room? Surprise her and you will find out for sure if she is trust worthy. Also parents of sons brings their girls to the boys dorm and the same things occurs. Wake up you smart parents!

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    These kinds of things will continue to happen as long as the Universities allow the men in the ladies dorms and the ladies in the men's dorm. You certainly are asking for trouble in allowing this. Go back to the old days when it was not allowed. The person had to meet in lobby not in the dorm room.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jun 26, 2009

    Not seeing anything about this on the Greenville paper's website. Even the 'police' section. They're usually all over stuff that happens at ECU.