By Joe Johnson
The University of Georgia Police Department is investigating a sexual assault and robbery that occurred early Saturday morning near the UGA North Campus.
At 2:33 a.m. a UGA police officer found the female victim lying on a sidewalk near Fulton Street and the North Campus Parking Deck, according to an ArchNews listserv “timely warning” that was sent to university faculty, staff and students.
The female appeared to be unconscious, and EMS was called to render aid, according to the alert.
“A review of camera footage revealed that at approximately 2:23 a.m. an unknown male physically assaulted her, took her cell phone, and groped her.” the alert noted. “The male fled as two other uninvolved males walked into the area.”
The suspect is described as a black male of medium build with medium length hair, wearing a white T-shirt, grey sweatpants, black shoes, and underwear that is visible from the rear.
In surveillance camera images released by UGA police it appears as though the suspect had taken off the T-shirt and tucked it into the front of his pants.
The alert did not indicate the victim’s age or whether she attended UGA.
University spokesperson Rob Guajardo said that information was not being released due to the active police investigation.
Anyone who may have been in the area or has more information about this event is urged to call the University of Georgia Police Department at (706) 542-2200.
In the timely warning, UGPD urged students, faculty, staff and visitors to the UGA campus to follow personal safety strategies, including traveling in groups when possible, remaining aware of your surroundings, traveling in well-lit areas when possible, and, if the choice is made to consume alcohol, consuming in a responsible and moderate manner.
“We also urge the community to report suspicious activity or individuals to law enforcement immediately,” the alert stated.