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IUPUI Now Investigating 3, Likely Related Sexual Assault Reports

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis police are now investigating three reports of sexual assault. That's up from two earlier this week.

One reported rape case happened outside of the Riverwalk apartments at the downtown campus, and two cases of fondling occurred near New York Street.

The description of the attacker in each assault matched, leading police to believe they all involve the same suspect. Police identified a person of interest and continue to question him.

IU Spokesperson Margie Smith-Simmons says the university wants students to feel safe when walking to class and there is no imminent threat.

“We also have a safe walk program where if anyone on campus, faculty, staff, student or visitor doesn’t feel comfortable walking to point A to point B, they can call a phone number 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Smith-Simmons says. "And a police officer will meet them at their location and physically walk them to wherever they need to go.”

Smith-Simmons says although the university is in the middle of the 13th largest city in the country, IUPUI is a safe campus and these incidents are unusual.

“Anything that happens on campus, sexual assault, or otherwise, any crime, is one crime too many and we want to make sure these crimes don’t happen,” Smith-Simmons says.

Police are investigating a fourth assault that occurred February 18th, but Smith-Simmons says it is unrelated.

Police haven’t made any arrests.

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