BU students on edge after 2 disturbing incidents – NBC Boston
Students are nervous after Boston University sent out a security alert about two disturbing incidents as campus police work to determine if they are connected.
“I’m glad we got the alert when we did because I then texted all my friends and checked on everyone who lives in that area,” said Grace, a student from the Boston University.
In the first incident, police say a Boston University student pushed away a stranger who broke into the student’s apartment and sexually assaulted him on Friday night. In the second incident, a man driving a van aggressively followed three students, trying to take them away.
Police are looking for the person responsible for a sexual assault on the Boston University campus and are investigating whether it is linked to another case in which students were followed.
The two incidents were reported nine minutes apart, according to a community alert from BU Police on Saturday.
The student who was sexually assaulted called the police at 11:45 p.m. The stranger, a man between 20 and 30 with a black backpack, sexually assaulted the student in their apartment — the location was not disclosed by police — before the student got into a fight. remove them. The assailant has not been located.
The students who were being followed by the person in the truck alerted police from an emergency call box at South Campus at 11:54 p.m. The driver had followed them from Granby Street in a gray Ford pickup truck or new silver. Police have not located the driver but released an image of the truck.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Boston University Police at 617-353-2121 or share information anonymously by texting “BU” to TIP411 (847911).
Resources on sexual assault are available at National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673. Since its inception in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline has helped more than two million people, according to its website.