Two students assaulted on campus near stadium

Katie Keenan

Two UT students were assaulted on campus Monday between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. while walking near Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the 2200 block of Robert Dedman Drive. 

One of the victims reported being approached by a man as she walked alone on campus. He attempted to talk to her and proceeded to grab her arm and touch her neck. The woman reported the case to UTPD. Upon further investigation, police discovered a classmate of the victim was also assaulted in the same area by a man fitting a similar description. Both women were unaccompanied when the attacks took place.

“He did grab her by the arm and he touched her neck, and that’s assault by contact,” said Cynthia Posey, associate director of communication for University Operations, referencing the second victim. “He didn’t hurt her, but of course that’s absolutely unacceptable and frightening.”

The assault occurred in the afternoon near the UTPD station. Posey said an attack like this in broad daylight is all the more reason to walk with a friend, even in the middle of the day. 

“We do recommend that students be aware, looking around, putting the phones down, taking the earbuds out and if you see this guy, call 911 immediately,” Posey said.

According to a UTPD campus watch report, both students described the suspect to be between 25-30 years old, and about 5’7” with an olive complexion, dark clothes, dark hair and a neatly trimmed beard.