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Authorities investigate two sexual assaults reported at Purdue University

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 26, 2015) – Authorities have been following up on information they have received about alleged sexual assaults at Purdue University.

One was reported over the weekend near the 400 block of Martin Jischke Drive. Students were texted alerts.

“I feel like that’s a horrible thing for that to happen,” Purdue University student Vivianne Morales said.

While authorities have released few details about that case, students said they continue to do their part to practice safety on campus.

“If I’m here on campus, I talk (with) someone (on) the phone or I’m walking with someone. (I) never (try) to be alone –especially after what happened,” Purdue University student Alex Velez said.

Authorities have not arrested anyone in that case.

“The fact that there was a serious sexual assault….that’s what concerns me. It does concern me a little bit that that person is still around,” Purdue University student Deelontee Hutchins said.

This is the second alleged sexual assault reported to authorities. James Rendon, 20, was charged with rape, possession of marijuana/paraphernalia after a student from Iowa said it happened at a fraternity. According to authorities, the student was in town January 17-18.

“It’s not really common around here. I was actually surprised when two happened,” Velez said.

On Monday, Purdue University Police Chief John Cox released the following statement about both cases:

“The report of a possible sexual assault that was made over the weekend remains under active investigation by the Purdue University Police Department. I want to assure the campus community that we are following up on every piece of information available to us. As you may be aware, our investigation of another assault incident that reportedly occurred over the weekend of Jan. 16-18 has resulted in an arrest being made and the case is in the hands of the Tippecanoe County prosecutor’s office."

"Purdue remains a safe campus environment, but to help ensure the safety of our fellow community members I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be vigilant – if you see something, say something. We ask that all suspicious activity be reported to police through the use of the more than 300 emergency call boxes placed throughout campus, by dialing 911 or by using the WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463)."

"The university also offers a variety of resources to help ensure safety, such as the Safe Walk program, which provides escorts around campus 24-hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 494-SAFE."

"Campus security is the top priority for Purdue and for the Purdue University Police Department. I thank everyone for their continued efforts to help make Purdue a safe campus for all of us.”