IU students on alert after string of assaults

Man grabbed woman walking home alone at 2 a.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Police are taking action and Indiana University students are on alert after a string of assaults on women in Bloomington.

The most recent attack happened Saturday when a man grabbed a woman and told her he had a gun.

Many students said the news of a weekend assault on a classmate served as a wake-up call for them.

“It’s definitely really terrifying. It’s scary and there’s always that possibility that could happen, but really, I think it could happen anywhere,” said Tatiana Martinez.

Police are looking for the man who grabbed a student as she walked home near Washington and 7th Streets just after 2 a.m.

“She reports that a male came up from behind her, grabbed her around the waist, made mention of having a gun and indicated that she should walk with him,” said Capt. Joe Qualters.

The 20-year-old woman got away and ran to a friend’s house to call police.

“Approximately a year or two ago, we did have a similar incident in the same area, but we do not believe that the two are related. Also, last week there was a report of a robbery on one of the urban trails in town. We do not believe that that is related at all, the descriptions do not match,” Qualters said.

Police arrested a man for the April attack of a woman on the B-Line Trail and said each incident should deter people, especially young women, from walking alone at night.

“I’ve always felt really safe. There was definitely a huge scare after the Lauren Spierer thing went down, so I’ve still always felt safe,” Martinez said.

Bloomington police said the suspect was described as being in his 20s, with short blonde hair and scruffy facial hair.

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