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UNC-CH student attacked near campus

Posted January 29

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— A female student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was assaulted near campus early Friday, authorities said.

The 21-year-old student was walked on North Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 2 a.m. when a man attacked her from behind. She fought back, and the man fled, authorities said.

Investigators aren't sure whether it was an attempted robbery or sexual assault, but the student wasn't hurt, police said.

The man was wearing a letterman-style jacket and a flat-bill cap, authorities said. No weapon was displayed.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

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  • Greg Klayton Jan 29, 2016
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    True. Times have changed. There's nothing that you can do about the cost of gasoline. But I disagree with you about being captive to crime.

    I'm not saying living free or die. I am saying that we need to take back the streets from criminals.

  • Betsy Smith Jan 29, 2016
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    "We shouldn't accept living in fear as the new norm. Fear is not freedom."

    There was a time when gas was .25 a gallon. Times have changed. I doubt her loved ones would be comforted by "live free or die" on her headstone had things not turned out as well.

  • Greg Klayton Jan 29, 2016
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    Some ask why was she out so late at night? Is that a crime?

    There was a time in this country that man or woman could walk most places anytime of day or night without fearing for their life. We shouldn't accept living in fear as the new norm. Fear is not freedom.

  • Betsy Smith Jan 29, 2016
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    Apparently the attacker wasn't serious. Instead of applauding her for fighting back, everyone should be admonishing her for being out alone late at night. Things could have gone very differently. There are criminals all over NC because some haven't been caught and it's too expensive to jail them all.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 29, 2016
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    I'm glad to hear she fought back! Her walking at 2am doesn't give anyone the right to attack her, but I would think it's a lapse in judgment for anyone to trot around alone at that time of night.
    I think all freshman should be required to take a self-defense and campus safety class during the first semester at all universities. At night, they should be in groups, or call the campus security to escort them.

  • Forest Hazel Jan 29, 2016
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    Why in the world was she out walking by herself at 2 AM? Some people seem to believe that Chapel Hill is some kind of sanctuary, where nothing bad can happen. It has, for years, been a "soft target" for both local criminals as well as those who drive over from Durham for the easy pickings. The police can only do so much to protect those who don't think about protecting themselves. This young lady was fortunate not to have ended up with a much less happy ending to her story.

  • Greg Klayton Jan 29, 2016
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    Even better and more politically correct article for WRAL:

    "Something Bad Happens to UNC-CH student near campus

    One person did something not so nice to another person who was walking on North Street. No one was hurt.

    Call Crime Stoppers if you have any information."

  • Jacob Smith Jan 29, 2016
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    Well, it's a good thing he did not display his weapon! Hate to have to ban those too!

  • Greg Klayton Jan 29, 2016
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    Yeah, you'd think a description of the man including height, weight, hair color and ethnicity would be helpful. You can change clothes easily, but skin color, um, not so much.

  • Alex Stephens Jan 29, 2016
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    I would think WRAL would find it prejudiced to identify the sex of the attacker or victim. The article probably should read, "a person was attacked by another person ...", right?

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