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Sexual assault reported near campus

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 08:06 AM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s police chief is warning students about reports of a recent sexual assault.

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Monday, according to an article authored by Marshall Police Chief James Terry and published in The Parthenon, the university’s student publication.

It happened as the female student was walking to her car, which was parked in the 500 block of 20th Street, he states in the article. That’s within a block of campus.

The incident is being investigated by the Huntington Police Department. Its police report was unavailable Wednesday.

Terry acknowledged the reported assault happened within days of two armed robberies in the same area.

City police have arrested three people in connection with one of those incidents. They also believed those arrests could lead to charges in the other case, according to earlier comments from Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

Terry told students both his department and city police have increased patrols in the area. He also urged a sense of caution, according to The Parthenon article.

“We encourage everyone to be cautious and aware of their surroundings, particularly when they are off campus,” he said in the article.

Any faculty, staff or student who would like an escort to their vehicle can call 304-696-HELP. That 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service has been provided for some time.

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