Ole Miss police search for person of interest in sexual battery case

OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Ole Miss police officers are trying to identify a person of interest in a reported sexual battery.

The attack happened Friday, Sept. 15, at around 11 p.m near the intersection of Poole and West drives.

Ole Miss Police sent a campus alert when the department learned of the attack.

Students on campus are concerned for their safety, especially since it's the second case reported in a little more than a week.

"Not only to have it happen once on our campus but to have it again so close together is shocking and it makes you think it's obvious it's a real problem," said Savannah Cook.

"It makes me a little nervous, stressed for the people that it happened to," said freshman Kora Kelly.

Ole Miss police called the suspect a person of interest in a sexual battery report on campus at a party.

"One is too many, and two in a span of a whole week is concerning," said Ole Miss Chief of Police Tim Potts.

The department tweeted a photo of the suspect Tuesday.

"The picture we put out is really the person we need to speak to about this," Chief Potts said. "Not on a guest list so we don't know how that person got into the event."

They say the reported incident happened Sept. 14 at about 11 p.m. inside the Kappa Sigma house at South Poole and West Row.

Just last week, Chief Potts spoke with WMC Action News 5 about a reported sexual battery at the Chi Psi house.

Police have not connected the two incidents.

With rush going on this week, Chief Potts said patrols are being amped up, and students are on high alert.

"You just have to be safe stay with your friends," said freshman Sydney Lech.

"That kinda gives you a wakeup call that anything's possible," said freshman Kora Kelly.

If you can identify or help police locate the man they're looking for, call 662-915-7234 or email upd@olemiss.edu.

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