Authorities Investigating Sexual Assault at Alabama State University


By Ashley Thompson

Authorities are investigating an alleged sexual assault that happened at Alabama State University over the weekend.

The Alabama State University student body received an alarming email over the weekend, advising them to be on the look out for a short, stocky black male wearing a black hoodie, grey sweat pants and gloves. The man in question likely had a gun and was seen around Facility B, the new dorms.

"He's considered dangerous based on the nature of the report that was made to us," says ASU Police Chief James Graboys. "Anybody who sees him, they should not approach him, they should contact police immediately."

Graboys tells us the incident occurred Saturday evening and says officials made every attempt to contact all students.

"We also physically went to the different residence halls because you always want to make sure that you have a back up so we wanted to make sure we went to the residence halls to notify the students who were on campus."

And students on campus say the news is scary.

"We haven't seen anything of that nature," says Corey Price. "We have just small security problems around campus but nothing as major as this."

"It was very surprising and I was shocked to see it and it was kind of sad too, just because it could be somebody I actually know," says Joseph Killebrew.

Police are not releasing any information about the victim as the investigation continues. We asked why the media is just now being alerted if the incident took place Saturday.

"Basically what we were dealing with yesterday is, you have a whole bunch of things going on and we were basically investigating this case," says Graboys. "We've been going it non stop since."

Police still have an active look out for this man so they're hoping putting out this information will generate some leads.

If you have any information about a man matching that description, or if you saw any suspicious activity on campus over the weekend, you're encouraged to call ASU police or crimestoppers at 334-215-STOP


Students were alerted through email to be on the look out for the suspect, who police believed was armed.

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