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Police ask for help in investigation

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By Liam Dacko

No arrests have been made in the sexual assault of a female Stonehill student that took place during Family Weekend.

The attack took place on the red brick walkway leading to the Chapel of Mary around 2 a.m. Sunday, Chief of Campus Police Peter Carnes said.

The investigation is ongoing. Campus Police is currently in the process of interviewing people who may have information about the assault, Carnes said.

The victim, who was taken to the hospital after the attack, described the assailant as a male with strawberry-blond hair. It was also reported that the suspect was around six-feet-one-inch, Carnes said.

A composite of the assailant is not available at this time. Campus Police plans to release a composite to the community once it is available.

Carnes said if students know anything about the attack, they should follow a “see it, hear it, report it” philosophy. Any information, however trivial, could help Campus Police make an arrest.

Students should also be aware of various campus resources designed to keep students safe.

“It is time for everyone to reflect on their safety,” he said. “If you feel uncomfortable, ask for a ride, which you can do by calling Campus Police.”

Carnes also recommends people become familiar with the locations of Campus Police’s blue light call boxes.

This assault occurred less than a week after the College sent an email to students about three recent reports of sexual assault at nearby campuses. In light of these attacks, Campus Police increased patrols at Stonehill.

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