September 24, 2012

Cornell Police: No Arrests in Reported Rape Case

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Three weeks after a rape was reported on campus, investigators continue to gather information for the case but have neither made an arrest nor publicly updated their initial description of the suspect.

“We’re still gathering leads, though they’ve slowed down recently,” said Kathy Zoner, chief of the Cornell University Police Department. “We don’t have anybody identified at this point for any [public] release.”

On Sept. 2, a female was walking down the stairs leading to the south side of the suspension bridge, north of the Arts Quad, when she was reportedly accosted and raped, police said. She said she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male who forced her to have sexual intercourse, according to police. After the reported crime, the suspect fled north across the suspension bridge, according to CUPD.

Zoner added that police may have new information about another incident on Sept. 2 — a reported forcible touching in the Hughes parking lot.

“Some of our leads … indicate that there was a small group of college-age females that may have witnessed that incident,” Zoner said. “We continue to encourage anyone who may have witnessed any of the crimes to call the Cornell University police.”

Original Author: Jeff Stein