November 3, 2013

Cornell Police Question Students After Reported Rape

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By AKANE OTANI

Cornell Police officers are interviewing a student matching the description of the man who allegedly raped a woman at a West Campus fraternity party early Friday.

“All of the people we have interviewed related to this case are students,” Dave Honan, deputy chief of the Cornell University Police Department, said Sunday. “The case is still an open investigation. No arrests or referrals have been made at … [this] time.”

The alleged rape occurred at 118 McGraw Pl. — site of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, or Fiji — between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to CUPD. The female victim told police that the perpetrator was a 6’0″ white male with blonde hair who was wearing an Indiana Jones costume.

After the reported rape occurred, the perpetrator fled the fraternity house in a southerly direction toward University Avenue and West Avenue, according to CUPD.

Police have determined that there is no active threat to the community. Still, the investigation is ongoing, Honan said, adding that CUPD cannot disclose further information about the case at this time.

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