UPDATE (Dec. 4, 2015)-- Police say this incident did not happen as reported by the complainant. Read more here.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2015)— Officers are searching for a man in connection with a sexual assault at a Bloomington apartment complex near Indiana University’s campus.
Police say the suspect knocked on the victim’s door, and when she opened it, he forced the victim into her bedroom at gunpoint. Officers with the Bloomington
Police Department responded to the Brownstone Terrace Apartments at 200 E. 14th Street around 3:08 a.m. after the 22-year-old woman called police.
The woman reported the man was a light-skinned black male, shorter than 6-feet tall and had a thin built. He was reported to be wearing dark clothing and was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The victim said the man had a “crooked” nose, so he may have had a prior nose facture. The man was also described to have dark-colored tattoos on his neck with one continuing along the left side of his face and ending near the top left of his left ear.
The suspect has not been located. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 812-339-4477.
Police urged students to avoid the area and remain indoors with doors and windows locked. Around 6:30 a.m., the school said it appeared the immediate threat had passed, but students and staff are being asked to stay on alert.
“You never know, you just have to be aware 100 percent, like my dad told me,” said Morgan Schenck, a junior at the University living in another Brownstone Terrace apartment. “It’s just really sketchy and I don’t think I’m going to be walking anywhere, especially at 3 a.m. by myself.”
On Friday, a female IU student was assaulted on campus in the Dunn's Woods area. She said two attackers groped her and then held a knife to her throat. She suffered minor cuts on her wrists, forehead and neck. Once the woman escaped, she called a friend for help.
There have been 12 sexual assaults reported to IU police this semester.