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UAPD, TPD continue search for suspect in sexual assault case

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Colin Darland
The UAPD released a Clery Timely Warning Monday evening, notifying students of a “sexual offense” that took place near campus. UAPD and TPD are actively searching for the suspect.

The University of Arizona Police Department notified the UA student body of an incident of sexual assault that took place near campus Monday evening.

According to the Clery Timely Warning, at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday a female student was fondled by a man near East Seventh Street and North Vine Avenue, at the southern end of campus. 

The victim screamed, and the suspect fled eastbound on foot, according to the police report. There were no injuries reported. 

UAPD described the suspect as a “male who appeared to be Hispanic” with a “heavy set build” who was approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall. “He was wearing an orange shirt and jeans.” According to the report, the victim did not see the man enter or leave a vehicle at any point

While UAPD was the first entity to receive the report, Tucson Police Department will be primarily responsible for investigating the case, “due to a similarity with other TPD cases,” according to the Clery warning. Both UAPD and TPD are searching for the suspect, and UAPD encouraged anyone with related information to call 9-1-1 or 520-882-7463 to report. 

Following a summary of this incident, UAPD listed safety tips for members of the campus community to adhere to, including:

  • Per Arizona law and University policy, consent is required by all parties to engage in
    sexual activity and may be revoked at any time.
  • Sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor. It is the behavior of the
    perpetrator that is wrong.
  • If you feel like you have been sexually abused or assaulted, it is recommended
    that you report it to law enforcement immediately.

The UAPD also referred members of the campus community to various resources meant to support people who have experienced sexual assault, including the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, Survivor Support Services and The Office of Institutional Equity. 

The UAPD releases Clery Timely Warnings in accordance with “the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose campus security information,” according to the UA Clery Act website.


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