TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona Police Department held a 2 p.m. news conference to talk about two recent assaults on campus and address the widespread rumors.
“The University of Arizona Police Department is working to enhance campus safety in response to two recent student assaults currently under investigation by the Tucson Police Department,” the UAPD said in a news conference. “This includes addressing widespread rumors among the student population about the actual extent of the two assaults last week.”
UAPD Chief Brian Seastone made brief remarks and took questions.
A Clery Timely warning was sent out by the UAPD in reference to two incidents that have occurred in the last week, the first on Nov. 3 and the second on Nov. 5.
UAPD learned of the two separate assaults reported by females that took place near the UA campus.
The first incident took place in the 1500 block of East Drachman at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. According to the UAPD alert, the female was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground while the suspect attempted to take her phone. The victim was able to fight back and the suspect fled.
According to the UAPD, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a gray hoodie.
A second incident was reported on Monday, Nov. 5 shortly after 8:30 p.m. near Mansfeld Middle School at Sixth and Highland. According to UAPD, the victim was unable to describe the initial attack, but did recall waking up while she was being dragged by the suspect.
The second victim stated she was able to stand up and began kicking and punching the suspect, who then fled the area. He was able grab the victim's phone, which was later recovered.
According to the victim the second suspect is described as a white male, 6-foot tall with shoulder-length hair and a thick beard and moustache.
UAPD is working with the TPD to investigate both incidents and more information will be released when available.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME, for those who wish to remain anonymous.
UAPD offers the following safety tips:
- Utilize ASUA Safe Ride 520-621-7233
- When possible walk in groups
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Report suspicious and unusual activity by calling 911.
- Download and use the UA Live Safe app on your smartpone. The Safewalk feature allows students to connect with friends to virtually monitor their walk through the phone.