Police investigate assault spree

Melissa Weigel

The Department of Public Safety and Radnor Police are currently investigating three assaults which occurred on campus between September and November.

An e-mail was sent to the student body by Public Safety on Wednesday, Nov. 17 informing the campus community of the incidents and asking for any information.

The first incident occurred on Sept. 20 when a female resident student was walking alone at night on the path between South and Main campuses, referred to by students as “the rape trail.”

Although, according to Public Safety, the victim did not require medical attention, she was grabbed by the man on the shoulders and was then able to run away.

The second and third incidents occurred on Nov. 14 and 15, although only one woman was physically assaulted. The other victim saw the man approaching and ran away.

Students were advised to walk in groups and use the campus shuttle and escort services when traveling about the campus.

Investigators have not yet determined if the incidents are related, but have compiled composite sketches of the suspects.

The first suspect was described as a darkly dressed white male, 30 to 35 years old with a medium build. The second was described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, wearing black shoes and a wedding band.

“I still feel safe at Villanova,” sophomore Christen Williams said. “It doesn’t really affect me because I don’t really think about it.”

If students have any information about the assaults they are encouraged to call the anonymous hotline at x9-6999 or submit a silent witness crime report on the Department of Public Safety’s website.