University of Florida police investigating sexual battery on campus
University of Florida police are investigating a sexual battery reported on campus.
Police say the victim, a 24-year-old non-student, reported the crime Monday night. According to investigators, she told police she and friends went to various spots in the Mid-town area across from campus.
The victim told investigators she left the Mid-town area around 9:30 p.m. and walked on to campus. Police say she only remembers being in an area near Fraternity Row, where the attack happened.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years old, about 5-foot-7 with an average build, dark hair and a little facial hair.
UFPD says they're increasing patrols. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call UFPD at (352) 392-1111 or use the UFPD Silent Witness link.
UFPD released the details as part of a timely alert Tuesday, along with the following information:
- The UFPD firmly believes that crime is never the fault of the victim. These general safety tips are provided in an effort to assist members of the UF community.
- If you become a victim of crime, please contact law enforcement immediately by calling 9-1-1.
- Immediately report any suspicious person or activity to law enforcement.
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is particularly true if you are wearing headphones and may not be able to hear someone near or behind you.
- If someone bothers you, don’t be embarrassed to attract attention to yourself. Yell!
- Do not allow anyone to follow you in your residence as you enter.
- Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, or entryways.
- Always try to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- If possible, walk with others to your destination.
- If you believe you are being followed, try to find the nearest populated location to get assistance and call 9-1-1.