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3 Attacks Near UT Have Students Concerned
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 08:49 PM CST
Three attacks near the University of Texas with little to no leads have students uneasy around campus.
All the incidents happened in February, police say.
The most recent involved a student about a week ago. She claims a panhandler attacked her on Guadalupe Street near the Drag.
Another occurred Feb. 3. Police say a woman was walking home early Monday morning near the West 25th Street and San Gabriel Street intersection when she says someone attacked her from behind. She got away but was not able to get a good look at the suspect.
The third happened the next day. Police say around 1 a.m. a woman was reportedly forced into a black 4-door 4x4 pickup truck, possibly a Ford, by two males. No description is available for the female or one of the male suspects; the other male is described as possibly a man, wearing a grey short sleeve t-shirt, blue jeans, and baseball cap.
With little information on all of the cases students are concerned.
"It's a pretty dangerous environment walking back from campus so there are always those horror stories," said student Breanne Deppisch.
Student Cheryl Lam said, "Sometimes I carry pepper spray."
Even stores on the Drag are taking notice of the incidents.
"There are times I do feel unsafe," said Darby Dupre.
Dupre has worked at Manju's for four years. She says the store owners do whatever they can to keep them safe.
"Two of us are working at all times to ensure safety and in case anything happens," said Dupre.
University of Texas Police believes the buddy system is the key to protecting yourself.
"Awareness is always a key thing. We want our students to walk with a purpose, be aware of their surroundings, pay attention and if they see something suspicious contact the police," said Officer William Pieper.
If you do not have someone to walk with, Pieper explains there are programs like SURE Walk to help you. The student government run agency provides the service Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. To order a walk, call 512-232-9255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and two volunteers, one male and one female, will meet you at your current location and walk you to your destination, whether it be on campus or in the greater campus neighborhoods.
If you are in immediate danger contact UTPD at 512-471-4441 or call 911.