Police Alert

Update

August 28, 2005

FROM: David M. Donaldson, Chief of Police

RE: Alleged Assault Victim Recants Story

The criminal investigation into an assault alleged to have occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m., Aug. 20, on the sidewalk between the Student Recreation Center and the Gazebo has concluded the report was false. The female student admitted to fabricating details she reported to UNCW Police.

The reason she provided misleading statements to investigators is not known.

In cases that involve a potential threat to the university and the community, UNCW will continue to focus on the safety of the community and keep the community informed and aware. Law enforcement’s job is to investigate complaints and reach a logical conclusion. This case is not reflective of crime victims in general and should in no way deter crime victims from seeking assistance from law enforcement and other community resources.

Case closed - unfounded.


Original Alert

August 24, 2005

FROM: David M. Donaldson, Chief of Police

RE: UNCW Police Notifying Community of Alleged Assault

The UNC Wilmington Police Department is investigating a report of an assault alleged to have occurred on campus on the sidewalk between the Student Recreation Center and the Gazebo.

A 19-year-old female UNCW student reported that at approximately 11:45 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, she was jogging in this area when she was approached from behind, grabbed, and forced down to the ground. A struggle ensued. No injuries were reported. She described the suspect as a generally large, but not overweight, white male, approximately 6’4” tall, 35-40 years of age, with short brown hair (slightly balding), no facial hair, and wearing a dark colored t-shirt, and blue jeans.

This information was reported to UNCW Police at approximately 10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23. At this point, the victim is not pursuing the conduct of a criminal investigation, but is supporting community notification and safety awareness efforts.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the UNCW Police Department at 962-2222 or anonymously by phone 962-TIPS or e-mail (http://www.uncw.edu/police/).

Individuals on campus are encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

Additional safety recommendations include: requesting an escort from UNCW Police, ext. 2222, walking with a group, utilizing well-lit walkways and the Seahawk Shuttle, remaining aware of emergency call box locations, and carrying a cell phone.

The police report is not complete and therefore is not available for release.


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