Eastern Mennonite University Alerts Students About Attempted Assault

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Eastern Mennonite University put out an alert Wednesday about an attempted assault on campus.

The alert says it happened on Parkwood drive across from the Parkwood Apartments around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The school says the victim was not harmed.

“Fortunately, there was no physical contact between the suspect and our student. However, in the interest of our students we chose to provide a warning to the campus community and characterized the incident as an 'attempted assault.'" said Eldon Kurtz, the director of physical plant at EMU, "Technically, since there was no physical contact, according to uniform crime reporting the individual can only be listed as a “suspicious” person. Meanwhile, if a suspicious person fitting the description is observed, Harrisonburg Police will be contacted in order to question the individual. While HPD has been actively involved with EMU Campus security in the investigation of the incident, no suspects have been questioned to my knowledge.”

TEXT OF ALERT:

TIMELY NOTIFICATION BULLETIN OFFENSE: Attempted Assault (The victim was not physically harmed) LOCATION: on Campus, Parkwood Drive across from Parkwood Apartments TIME: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at approximately 4:30 PM SUSPECT: Is described as being approximately 5?-8? tall and medium build, loose curly black/brown dark hair. Complexion is medium dark, with round face and teeth with braces or retainer. Subject was wearing blue shirt and possibly shorts. See everyone@emu.edu email for additional details. For your Safety ? Please do not walk or run alone in the dark ? Maintain constant awareness of your surroundings ? Always carry a cell phone ? Avoid dark or isolated areas ? If you must travel across the campus at night by yourself you may call Campus Security for an escort. (540-432-4911). If you feel you may have located the suspect, immediately call 911. Reports can be made by calling Harrisonburg Police (540-434-4436) or Campus Security (540-432-4911). Stay safe!


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