Texas Tech police say a female Tech student left Conference Cafe on 4th street around 2 a.m. on Friday and was walking on Indiana between 4th Street and the Brownfield Highway when she says an assault occurred. The victim told police she did not know the man.
Also under investigation, an alleged assault that occurred last month when a female tech student left Coleman Hall around nine o'clock to run an errand. Just north of the Chitwood dorms the victim told police a stranger approached her and forcibly raped her. Since then Tech students have voiced concerns over safety on campus especially after dark. Tech police say a little common sense could save you from becoming another victim.
"This doesn't apply to the campus alone. Stay in well lit areas. Always walk with someone whenever you can. Be aware of what's going on around you like if someone's approaching you from behind walking at a rapid pace try to stay where there are a lot of people around," says Major Gordon Hoffman, with Tech PD.
In both cases, the suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet nine inches tall. Medium build. With brown spiked hair. But right now, Tech police say the two incidents are not related. If you have any information on either of these assaults you are urged to call Tech police at (806) 742-3931 or Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.
Tech police do have programs in place to keep students safe after dark. One of them is the Safe Ride program provided by Citibus. Buses run on campus 7 days a week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. You can call (806) 742-NITE for more information.
There is also an off campus taxi service that brings students to the campus from an off-campus location from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. You can call (806) 742-RIDE for more information. Both services are free to students.