College student attacked at knifepoint

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FRANKLIN – A man with a knife attacked a Franklin College student Monday night, sparking a campus-wide alert.

The incident happened around 9:35 p.m. outside the Dietz Center. A 19-year-old female student had stepped outside to make a phone call. She said a man approached her, showed her a knife, punched her in the face and held a knife against her throat before taking her billfold. The student said her attacker never said a word.

Around the same time, a car drove into an adjacent parking lot and spooked the suspect, who dropped the wallet and ran away. The student dialed 911, prompting Franklin police and campus security to respond. Officers searched the campus with dogs and the college sent emergency alerts to students advising them that “an incident has occurred on campus involving a man with a knife…stay inside.”

After sweeping the area, investigators couldn’t find the suspect and said there was no longer an immediate threat.

The victim described her attacker as around 5’10” with scruffy facial hair. He wore a red Indiana University sweatshirt.

The student had bruises on the side of her neck and a swollen right eye. She was treated and released from Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Anyone with information should call Detective Sgt. John Borges at 317-346-1142.