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Sexual assault reported in Chapel Hill

Posted September 14, 2013

— Police at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are investigating a sexual assault that took place Friday evening at a temporary housing facility for UNC Hospitals.

Police issued a warning Saturday on the campus-wide notification system about the incident, which happened at the SECU Family House on Old Mason Farm Road. The house provides accommodations for families of patients who are being treated for critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or clinics.

Randy Young, spokesman for the UNC Department of Public Safety, would not release details about the crime but said the victim was not a student or affiliated with the university.

Janice McAdams, executive director of SECU Family House, issued a statement Saturday night and thanked investigators for their assistance.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family involved," she said. "We cannot provide additional information at this time, but please know that there was no break in at Family House and it continues to be a safe place for our employees, guests, volunteers and friends.”

Police said they are searching for a man in his 30s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall with dark hair worn in a buzz cut. He was wearing khaki pants and a dark short-sleeve shirt. He has tattoos on his inner and outer left forearm and upper right arm, and he has a small scar on the left side of his chest.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the UNC Department of Public Safety at 919-843-6165 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to an arrest, and callers may remain confidential.


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