Police release sketch of suspect from sexual assault near IU

(Provided Sketch/Bloomington Police Department)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Bloomington Police released a sketch Tuesday afternoon of a man they say sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint early Tuesday morning.

Police officials said a 22-year-old woman said around 3 a.m., a man knocked on her apartment door. When she opened it, the man forced his way in and made her go to the bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

It happened at Brownstone Terrace Apartments in the 200 block of East 14th Street, which is near Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

Junior Kersea Gable lives in the Brownstone Terrace Apartments, and was asleep when the assault was reported. She said she no longer feels safe living there.

“I’m probably not going to be walking alone very often. I’m probably going to have someone stay with me whenever I can,” Gable said.

IU sent out an alert early Tuesday morning about the assault. The university began sending alerts around 3:30 a.m.

(Provided Sketch/Bloomington Police Department)
(Provided Sketch/Bloomington Police Department)

The suspect fled after the assault. Police described the suspect as shorter than 6 feet tall, light skinned black male with a thin build. He was wearing dark clothes and had a black, semi-automatic handgun. He may have had a previous nose fracture, as his nose was somewhat crooked. The victim noticed dark tattoos on his neck, including one that went from his neck to the left side of his face, ending near the top of his left ear. A sketch created with the help of the victim is within this story.

Detectives were at IU Health Bloomington Hospital Tuesday morning speaking with the victim. She was not seriously injured.

Around 7 a.m., IU sent another tweet saying the immediate threat was over, but police were still investigating. They said students should go about their normal activities but remain alert.

Bloomington police urged anyone with information to call them at 812-339-4477.

IU officials also sent out a link on Twitter with ways for students to protect themselves.

This is the second armed assault in Bloomington in just a few days. Last Friday, a female student was attacked near the Sample Gates on campus.

Police said they’re looking into whether the two incidents are related.

If you have any information you can call IU Police, Bloomington Police or 911.

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