IUPUI students on alert after attempted abduction

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Students at IUPUI are keeping an eye out after an attempted abduction.

Campus Police said it happened Monday night just before 9 p.m. when a student was walking near Cavanaugh Hall. According to officers, a man grabbed the student’s arm and told her to “come with me.” She was able to break free.

Word of the incident spread quickly around campus. Student Nashley Szymczak carried her pepper spray as she walked back from class Tuesday.

“It actually took me really by surprise that this happened,” said Szymczak.

The man was described to be a white male, at least 6-feet tall and dressed in dark clothing. He was last seen walking south on University Boulevard towards West New York Street.

School officials urge students to be mindful of the following safety tips:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Let someone know where you’re going.
  • Use the buddy system, walk with a friend.
  • Avoid secluded and or darkened areas.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Use SafeWalk Escort Service (317) 274-SAFE – (317) 274-7233

If you have information about this or any other crime at IUPUI, contact the IU Police at Indianapolis at (317) 274-7911 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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