UPD seeking person who impeded assault

Police say people should be cautious when walking alone.

University Police said Friday they want to find the man who interrupted an alleged assault on a female Ball State student early Thursday morning near the Health Center, 1500 W. Neely Ave.

The man, who is identified in police reports as a Ball State student, heard a noise near bushes on the rear side of the Health Center and stopped to investigate. When he did, a ski-mask wearing man, who had the woman pinned to the ground, ran from the scene, police reports said.

The Ball State student then walked the woman back to her residence hall.

"We would like to talk with him as soon as possible," said Bob Fey, associate director of public safety.

Police also released more about the description of the man who allegedly assaulted the woman.

The man is white, in his 20s, about 6 feet and 190 lbs. Reports also said the man was wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun. Fey said no specific information about the type of gun was available.

"It's obvious he was prepared," Fey said.

Fey would not say whether police had any suspects Friday. But the investigation is on-going, he said.

The ski-mask wearing man probably approached the woman from her side and was likely hiding in the bushes, Fey said. After the man grabbed the woman by her arm, he pulled her into the bush area, holding her to the ground and trying to remove her belt, according to police reports.

The woman was walking alone. Fey said people should be careful and should exercise "a reasonable degree of caution" when they are out by themselves, especially at night. He suggested people walk with a friend and know what is around them.


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