Miami U. police investigate 2 on-campus sexual assaults

Miami University officials are reporting two, separate sexual assaults on its Oxford campus.

The two assaults both involve female students being attacked during the early morning hours of Friday, and campus police are asking for help to identify and find the suspects, said Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for the university.

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According to police reports released by university officials: “A female student reported to Miami University police that early in the morning Friday, Sept. 22, she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male in Symmes Hall. The student told police the male had walked her home from uptown.”

Police are searching for a suspect who is a “white male, about 5’8”-5’10”, aged 18-22, with dark brown hair and a slim build, wearing a gray T-shirt, blue shorts and a baseball cap.”

The other assault, according to police stems from “a report of a sexual assault of a female student at an east quad residence hall early in the morning of Friday, Sept. 22, by one or more males.”

Suspects connected to this assault are “three black males, in their 20s. Male number 1, approximately 6’3”, about 300 lbs., wearing a red T-shirt and black pants. Male number 2, about 5’6”-5’8”, approximately 200 lbs., wearing blue jeans, dark T-shirt, and appears to have a tattoo on his left tricep. Male number 3, about 5’10”-6’, about 240 lbs., wearing red shorts, black shirt and black shoes and red baseball cap.”

According to a statement, “Miami police are aggressively investigating the incidents and working to identify the assailants in both cases.

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The university issued safety bulletins to the Oxford campus Friday afternoon with descriptions of persons sought for questioning.

Miami University Police are increasing foot and bike patrols this weekend on campus and undertaking additional security measures to ensure the safety of all students.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Miami University police at 513-529-2222.

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