Reward offered after three sexual assaults reported in DU area |

Reward offered after three sexual assaults reported in DU area

DENVER – Following reports of three sexual assaults on or near the University of Denver campus within a 72-hour period, DU officials offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the male suspect, a school spokesman said.All three attacks reportedly occurred within four blocks of each other between 10:30 p.m. Friday and about 1:30 a.m. Monday.”The disturbing part for us is that we tell people to walk in groups of two or three or four, and they were doing that,” spokesman Jim Berscheidt said.The first attack happened as three women were walking on campus. The suspect suddenly grabbed a 19-year-old undergraduate student and sexually assaulted her.The woman’s friends yelled for help and called 911 from their cell phones. The attacker fled on foot.Berscheidt said the women had just exited a school building when they saw the man walking down a sidewalk, but they did not consider him to be a threat.On Monday afternoon, a woman walking alone across the street from the DU campus reported that she had been assaulted, Denver police spokeswoman Teresa Garcia said. The attack occurred about three blocks from the first assault.It wasn’t immediately clear whether she was a student at the university.A half-hour later, a female student was reportedly assaulted while walking with a friend. That incident occurred just one block from the second attack.Victims and witnesses in all three cases have described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male with short dark hair, about 5’8″ and weighing about 150 lbs. He is believed to be between the ages of 25 and 35.Police said he was wearing blue jeans with either a navy blue wind breaker or a yellow jersey and a baseball cap.A composite sketch of the suspect will be posted throughout the DU campus, university officials said, along with tips on staying safe.—Editor’s note: Anyone with information is being urged to contact the DU Department of Campus Safety at (303) 871-3130 or the Denver Police Department at (720) 913-2000.

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