MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department is warning students and faculty after a man was reportedly assaulted on campus.
Police Chief Brian Mullins sent out an alert stating that a man who’s not affiliated with the university reported being sexually assaulted by a person he didn’t know just before 2:15p.m. on Sunday.
Mullins said it happened on EKU property about 200-300 feet behind Baptist Health Medical Center in a wooded area.
The victim told officers he was followed on foot from the area near Arby’s on the Eastern Bypass to the wooded area behind the hospital.
The suspect is described as a white male, 40-45 years of age, more than six feet tall, weighing about 240-275 pounds. The man reportedly has a black goatee, black bushy hair shorter than shoulder length, and was wearing blue jeans, a white shirt with “Berea Swim” written on the front and white shoes with green markings.
EKU police officers are investigating.
If you have information about this incident, please call EKU Police Department at 859-622-1111. You can also provide information anonymously through the LiveSafe app or the EKU Police Tip Reporting form at http://police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.
The police department also wants to remind everyone on campus to take extra safety precautions.
They recommend students and staff familiarize themselves with the layout of campus and make sure they know which areas are secure and well-lit.
Police say it’s best to plan the safest route when going somewhere, including busy pathways and ones with lighting.
They recommend students and faculty share their class schedules with family or friends.
You should avoid alleyways or isolated areas, travel in groups when possible and use the campus escort or shuttle services at night.
It’s also a good idea to know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus.
Police say if you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the police. Note the description of the person following you.
Police officers say you should always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
On EKU’s campus you can request an escort through the LiveSafe Mobile App or by calling the EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.