Midnight Attack Against Woman on Michigan State University Campus

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Teen said she was walking to Yakely Hall when she was assaulted by two men.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The following news release was sent to FOX 17 regarding an assault on the campus of Michigan State University:

The Michigan State University Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that occurred when a 19-year-old female student was attacked at 12:30 a.m. March 23 at Beal Street and West Circle Drive. The incident was reported to MSU Police on March 25.

Police said the victim was assaulted as she walked to Yakeley Hall. The victim said she observed two men standing at the bus stop, and as she walked past them, they began to follow her.

She said one of the men walked up behind her and grabbed her wrist. The victim said she struggled with the man, at which time he hit her in the face with an unknown object. The victim, who suffered minor injuries, told police when the men saw an approaching car that they walked away toward the Sparty statue. She then ran to Yakeley Hall.

The student described the first suspect as a black male, college age, muscular build, about 6 feet tall, and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a ball cap turned backward, light colored t-shirt, tan pants and a black G-Shock watch.

She was unable to describe the second suspect.

MSU police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact the department at (517) 355-2222 or CrimeStoppers at (517) 483-STOP.

Safety Tips

  • Call 911 if you are in danger.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others in the area.
  • Realize that listening to headphones or iPods, or talking on your cell while walking decreases your awareness of your surroundings.
  • Walk with others when possible.

Services Available

CATA Bus Customer Services
(517) 432-2282, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and weekends      9 a.m.-5 p.m.

CATA Night Owl
(517) 432-8888, Monday through Friday, 2 a.m.-7 a.m.
Use any campus green light phone to call the CATA Night Owl.
The bus will arrive within 20 minutes of calling.

State Walk, an on-campus night-time walking service, pairs up volunteers with those leaving the Main Library to various on-campus locations. Hours are from Sunday through Wednesday, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Persons can sign up at the reference desk located on the first floor of the Main Library across from the Writing Center. For more information, send an e-mail to apo@msu.edu.

For information on IM self-defense classes on campus, call (517) 432-2661.

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2 comments

  • tracyd112

    What is this world coming too kids dying in colleges others being assaulted I guess when it comes to the assault try to walk in pairs and dont have ear buds in or texting while walking keep an eye out know your surroundings and keep your phone in hand in a jacket pocket with 911 dialed while walking that way if something like this happens push send and at least the dispatcher can hear what is going on while pinging your location so they can get help in route.