Indiana University Police in Bloomington are on the hunt for a suspect who assaulted a 19-year-old student in a resident hall parking lot early Thursday.
IU Police Chief Keith Cash said this incident is unique because both the suspect and the student were men and the victim did not know his attacker.
Police said the student parked his car in the East parking lot next to Eigemann Hall shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday. He got out of his car and that's when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect asked the student where Eigemann Hall was, but before the student could answer, the suspect grabbed the student's arm and hair and slammed him up against his car several times.
The suspect pulled a knife out and held it to the student's throat. Police said it was then the suspect sexually assaulted the student, then ran off.
The student called 911 and police searched the area, but did not find anyone that fit the description.
Students and staff were alerted on their phones and through social media sites. The attack was on the minds of those that walked near the parking lot where it all happened.
"It's horrible if it was a man or a woman. It's horrible," said Rose Vondrasek who works at Eigemann Hall.
"I don't know if I could protect myself from someone with a knife at that hour," Vondrasek added.
Student Nick Claise said he avoids being out that late as much as possible.
"I usually just stay on 10th Street if I'm ever out that late and that's pretty crowded usually, no matter what time of day it is."
Police are working on a sketch of the suspect, hoping someone may recognize the suspect and come forward with information.
In the meantime, police are asking everyone on campus to be extra vigilant. Rose Vondrasek agrees.
"It's concerning because there are so many students that live near this parking lot and hopefully people keep their wits about them."
IU police crime stats report there were 11 forcible sexual offenses on campus last year. That is five fewer than in 2010 and 10 fewer than 2009, but police said nearly all of the sexual offenses they investigate on campus are committed by those that know their victims.
If you know any thing about this incident call IU Police at 812-855-4111 or 911.
IU student sexually assaulted at knifepoint
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