By Sam Combest–
University police report two students were robbed around 6 a.m. Jan. 9 at University Pointe Apartments and Cardinal Towne. At Cardinal Towne the suspect forced their way into the apartment and sexually assaulted the victim.
Police said the victim described the suspect as a 5-foot-8 African-American male, weighing 200 pounds and wearing dark clothing.
Police sent out two different RAVE alerts to students, faculty, and staff notifying them of the early morning robberies.
The first RAVE alert was sent at 6:50 notifying them of a robbery at gunpoint that occurred at the U of L-affiliated University Pointe Apartments.
The RAVE alert said, “at 6:00 a.m. today a student reported being robbed at gunpoint at University Pointe Apartments. Black male, 6’0 tall, black clothing. Suspect fled scene unknown direction.”
University of Louisville Police Chief Gary D. Lewis Jr. said due to the on-going investigation, further information is not available about what was stolen.
A second RAVE alert sent at 10: 55 a.m. notified campus of the sexual assault and robbery that occurred at the Cardinal Towne Apartments.
“The incident was reported to law enforcement officials during the early morning hours as taking place at 6 a.m. and the victim contacted ULPD at approximately… 8:40 a.m.,” said Chief Lewis.
University of Louisville Police say the suspect gained unlawful entry and showed a weapon.
Chief Lewis said investigators are looking into how the suspect was able to enter the complex despite the security measures in place. He said they are also hoping this may assist the investigators with additional leads.
ULPD will be working in conjunction with the Louisville Metro Police Department to find the suspect, and have begun going through surveillance videos and working on potential leads.
“Investigators are continuing to develop information in conjunction with having a potential person of interest, which may be linked to the recent incidents which have occurred,” said Lewis.
Lewis said there will be increased patrols around campus housing and campus-affiliated housing.
Lewis asked students to lock entry doors and windows to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering campus facilities.
University police ask that if you have any information about these incidents to please call (502) 852-6111
“If you see something, say something,” said Lewis.
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