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UNC Student Assaulted On Franklin Street

Posted March 25, 2002 1:25 a.m. EST

— Police on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are warning students to stay alert after a female student working near Franklin Street was the victim of a misdemeanor assault Wednesday evening.

The 21-year-old student was working at the entrance of the Morehead Planetarium parking lot off Franklin Street adjacent to the Graham Memorial Building when she was assaulted. She was not injured.

The student told police the suspect spoke to her in Spanish, then touched her inappropriately. After the man said he wanted a girlfriend, the student pushed him, and the suspect ran away.

The student described the suspect as a Hispanic man, 5'5", about 30 years old, of medium build and clean shaven. The victim said he had medium-length hair, a dark complexion, a slight mustache and poor teeth. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and possibly blue jeans.

"We want people to be aware of their surroundings and cognizant of any strangers they see approaching them," said UNC Police Chief Derek Poarch. "Make sure you know where the emergency call boxes are located across the campus, and please use them to report any suspicious activity to us immediately."

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call either UNC police or Carrboro-Chapel Hill-UNC Crime Stoppers at

(919) 942-7515