On October 30, 2015, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a female University of Arizona student was sexually assaulted near the Koffler Building at Highland Ave/University Blvd. A male initiated a brief conversation with the victim. The male brandished a knife and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to get away when other people walking in the area distracted the suspect.
The suspect’s only description is a male with a bandana over his face. This is an active investigation and updates may follow. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 9-1-1 or 621-8477 (TIPS).
The University of Arizona Police Department would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to utilize good safety practices at all times. Listed below are safety tips you should keep in mind. Remember to immediately report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.
1. Utilize ASUA Safe Ride for a free way to travel between UA buildings and lots at night. Call 520-621-SAFE.
2. PTS Night Cat travels a full circuit around the University of Arizona campus every 30 minutes. The service is free and operates Mon-Fri from 6:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
3. Request cab service through the cab company’s dispatch center. Avoid calling individual cab drivers. Take note of the cab company you are using. Do not accept transportation from someone you do not know.
4. If you feel threatened or suspect you are being followed, walk toward a well-lighted area where there are people. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
5. Emergency blue light phones give you direct access to UAPD with the push of a button. Know where they are located at all times.
6. Never second guess yourself if you think you should call police about a suspicious person or incident. If someone or something gives you an uneasy feeling don’t hesitate to report it to police.
7. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings and the people in your vicinity at all time.
8. Save important phone calls for a later time. Using a cell phone or other electronics devices, when walking, biking, or divining are distractions and divert your attention away from your surroundings.
9. At night travel in well lighted areas. Avoid shortcuts through dark deserted areas. Do not walk alone and use the buddy system or travel in groups.
Crime Prevention Specialist
University of Arizona Police Department