Police search for two males in Wed. assault
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02
University of New Hampshire Police issued a campus alert Wednesday around 11 p.m. informing students that a male student was assaulted in C-Lot.
According to the alert, the student was “grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground” in an attempt by suspects to take his backpack around 9:15 p.m. that night.
The suspects were described as two white males, both approximately six feet tall and of thin build. One man was wearing a white T-shirt and tan pants; the other was wearing a green shirt and jeans. Both suspects fled the scene toward Mill Road and the Mill Road Plaza.
Chief of UNH Police and Executive Director of Public Safety Paul Dean sent out a new alert around noon Friday announcing that the male student knew the suspects and reassuring students that this was an isolated incident. The suspects are not UNH students.
“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors is our number one priority,” said Dean. “As we uncovered information we felt it was important to let the community know this was not a random incident. While people should always be aware of their surroundings and take safety precautions there is no cause for alarm.”
The original email alert sent by police said that the student had minor injuries and did not need medical attention.
Dean added that nothing was taken during the assault and that the suspects “weren’t successful” in their attempt to take the student’s backpack.
UNH PD will increase patrols on campus and encourages anyone with information to contact UNH Police at (603) 862-1427 or anonymously through their “Silent Witness” program by going to www.unh.edu/upd, and clicking “Contact us,” then “Silent Witness.”