Purdue police have person of interest in sexual assault case

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — The Purdue University Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault.

Purdue police said they have identified a person of interest, but have not released any information pertaining to suspects.

Both persons involved are Purdue students, university police added.

The case will be forwarded to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office for review upon completion.

Purdue posted the alert on their website Friday morning. According to that alert, the reported sexual assault happened in the 600 block of North University Street.

People were asked to avoid the area. Few other details were released, but the university provided these safety tips.

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help.
  • Walk with confidence and stay alert. Show that you’re aware and in control. Body language works to your advantage.
  • Don’t be distracted with loud headphones.
  • Consider using the SAFE walk program for a walking escort.
  • Be mindful of the locations of the blue light Emergency Telephones (ETS) and use them if you feel threatened.
  • Get your own drinks; don’t let someone continually fill your cup or leave your drink unattended.
  • If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.
  • Create a distraction and involve others.
  • Avoid secluded places where you could vulnerable.
  • Use the buddy system and watch out for each other.


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