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Cops catch groper on University of Iowa campus



This news story was published on November 10, 2015.
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University of Iowa

University of Iowa

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City say they now have in custody a suspect in a series of incidents in which women were groped on campus.

Earlier Tuesday, University of Iowa Police announced in a “Hawk Alert” that they had “received 3 reports of a male groping women in the areas of the UI Hospital, Main Library, and Hospital Ramp 4.”

The suspect was described as a white male, 5’10” wearing a red flannel shirt, with ripped/torn jeans, and flip flops.

Later this afternoon, university police said “the subject from previous Hawk Alert is now in custody.” That suspect was not immediately named, nor were any charges announced as of yet.

The university has been battling an on-going issue with campus rapes and sexual assaults, much like many other college campuses around the country. The university had promised a much keener response system heading into this school year.

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2 Responses to Cops catch groper on University of Iowa campus

  1. Katie Reply Report comment

    November 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I went to the U is Iowa from ’69-’72 and it was scary then, especially if you had to walk at night. I remember jaywalking back and forth across the street to evade men following me in cars on N Dubuque. My parents finally gave me a car because it was so unsafe. Plus we had an arsonist in the 8-story apartment building where I lived. I spent several nights outside in my PJ’s waiting for elevator fires to be put out.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      November 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Interesting story. I was there 93-99. Saw lots of crazy things.