The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for the community’s help with an investigation into a sexual assault that occurred in an alley on the 100 block of Uintah Street near Mathias Hall early Saturday morning.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Miller released the following statement to The Catalyst Tuesday morning:

CSPD has been canvassing the neighborhood around the 100 block of Uintah and Nevada Avenue just north of campus to locate any possible witnesses who may have seen anything related to their investigation of a sexual assault that took place in that area shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday December 14. 

They are asking that any students who may have been in that area – whether  attending a party or just walking through the area – between midnight Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday please contact Campus Resource Officer Jason Newton.

In investigations such as a Sexual Assault, it is critical for police to talk to anyone who was in the area, regardless of whether they may think they are a witness or not…… to help further the investigation.

It is not unusual in cases like this, for people to have seen or heard something that they do not initially believe is relevant, but which is a critical piece of information the investigators need to piece together an understanding of what occurred and ultimately identify a suspect.

If you were anywhere in the area of the 100 block of Uintah between the hours of 12:00 am and 1 a.m. Saturday December 14, please contact CSPD officer Jason Newton via e-mail (CSPDofficer@coloradocollege.edu ) or by phone at 719-389-7007.

“We will have additional Campus Safety and CSPD officers out late night for the remainder of the block both to provide a presence and to talk with students and encourage everyone to take advantage of escorts, Saferide, shuttle, and using the buddy system or walking in groups,” Pat Cunningham, Director of Campus Safety said.

 ORIGINAL POSTING:

Information that you have may be critical to solving this case and helping to keep our campus and the surrounding community safe.

A woman was sexually assaulted in an alley on the 100 block of Uintah Street near Mathias Hall early Saturday morning, Campus Safety said in an all-college email.

A man grabbed the victim around 1:00 a.m. before assaulting her, according to Campus Safety.

The suspect is described as being a white male, “slightly older than college-age” who is around six feet tall. He had short dark hair, no facial hair, and was wearing blue jeans and a light-colored shirt.

Campus Safety informed the college community of the assault around 3 a.m. in compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act. An off-campus party hosted by students was being held at a house nearby.

Jesse Paul, Editor-in-Chief

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