Police patrols increased near U of M after sexual assault near campus

Police Patrols Increased Near U Of M After Sexual Assault Near Campus

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Police patrols have been increased near the University of Memphis after a sexual assault was reported near campus.

University of Memphis campus police are warning students to be aware of their surroundings after a sexual assault Monday night. It happened on Mynders in the shadow of the university.

"Stuff like that it scares me especially it being so close to where we live," said student Traci Gause.

Gause and other students got a text and email from campus police warning them of an attack on Mynders, a busy pedestrian street they live on filled with students walking to class.

"I work at the library on Tuesday 6 to midnight. I used to walk home by myself but now. I leave with a co-worker," student Markitta Stafford said.

Memphis police are investigating because the attack did not happen on campus, but it is about as close as you can get.  Investigators say a man armed with a knife sexually assaulted a student on Mynders between 7:30 and 8:20 Monday night.

"It's definitely frightening for sure just to know its right outside your door almost. A little bit scary," said student Dustin Trexel.

Trexel lives in an apartment complex on Mynders where many other students live.

There are also two fraternity houses on the street. KA Drake Wilson remembers the night it happened.

"I walked a girl to Patterson right down there and it probably happened an hour before the incident," Wilson said.

Wilson and a lot of other students who live in the area are looking out for each other.

"We're always walking girls home, especially at night walking to classes," he said.

The suspect is described as a man between 19 and 20 years old;  5'8 180 pounds; medium build; medium length brown hair; clean shaven wearing a pink and white shirt and blue jeans.

If you know anything, contact police.  And if you do have to go out at night, the university offers an escort program.

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