Student feels unsafe after attack on IUPUI campus

An IUPUI student told campus police Monday that he was attacked while inside the University Library bathroom and commanded to perform a sex act.

Indianapolis

An IUPUI student told campus police Monday that he was attacked while inside the University Library bathroom and commanded to perform a sex act.

The 21-year-old student, who wished not to be identified, said he walked into the fourth floor bathroom and saw a man standing in a stall with his pants and underwear below his knees. He walked into the next stall and said the man followed him in, grabbed him by the neck, and demanded "You are going to (expletive) or I'm going to hurt you."

"I kinda got really scare and I was really nervous, I was like 'oh, you know, oh my God what am I going to do?,'" said the student.

The student said he gathered up his courage and shoved the man off him and against a sink. Then he ran out of the bathroom and got help.

Campus police sent out a crime alert about the incident Tuesday. Officer David Briggs said other students are not believed to be in danger.

"This is really an isolated, very, very uncommon occurrence." said Officer David Briggs.

For one student, though, returning to campus will never be the same again.

"I'm very nervous. Like today earlier, I called campus police to walk me over to my car. I'm really scared to go to the bathroom," said the student. "I don't feel safe anymore. You know what I mean. It's just so scary."

Campus police do not have a detailed description of the suspect, only releasing that the subject is described as a man in his mid 20's with dark brown, spiked hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a gray "Hollister" T-shirt and white shoes. Briggs said he hopes to release a composite of the suspect soon.

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