New information was released Monday by the University of Kentucky to students, faculty and staff about a Crime Bulletin issued Sunday. The UK Police Department is reporting the assault reported on August 5, near the UK campus, was a sexual assault and robbery. Lexington Police say the attack happened on South Limestone (across Limestone from the Washington Avenue intersection).
The female victim was approached by one suspect, described to be a thin black male in his 20s, and possibly another suspect with an unknown description. The victim stated she was robbed and sexually assaulted.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The campus at the University of Kentucky is quiet and classes are still weeks away from starting up, but everyone is aware about what happened early this morning!
"Yes, I did. I got the email," stated Logan Lykins, who was thankful to quickly receive word of an attack down the street.
"I got the alert, this morning," echoed another student.
"It's scary to think what would happen if campus were full right now," said Candice Cornett, a student already on campus preparing for her sorority's recruitment.
This morning these students, and many others, woke to an email crime alert warning of a female student who reported being attacked and injured by a man on South Limestone near Washington Avenue, just a short distance from the hospital.
The report says no weapon was shown, but the victim did say there may have been a second suspect even though she couldn't describe the person.
"I heard that there was something that happened after we left," remarked Nick Johnson, who said he and a friend just left their house roughly ten minutes before the attack was reported to have happened, in front of their house.
"I don't even know how to describe what went through my mind. I mean I was just kind of shocked, I guess," said Johnson, adding, "It is unnerving to know that happened right here."
While the attack is alarming for some, it's a wake up call for others especially with campus life starting to pick up.
"Where I live, is so close to campus, I walk everywhere so I tend to be a little careful," explained Lykins.
Meanwhile, other students already on campus say this fairly common.
"On this campus, it tends to happen so frequently that it wasn't alarming for us to come out and walk this afternoon," said Cornett, who went on to say the only shock was how soon this one happened.
"It seems to be at the middle of the school year," she clarified.
Still Cornett, like many others, are aware and that's what the school wants; to get the word out and make sure incidents like this are avoided.
The university also encourages their students to report anything suspicious and to avoid walking alone at night. The campus provides a security escort called "Safecats" that is a free service. They can be reached at (859) 257-SAFE(7233).