UW-Green Bay Public Safety issues statements on reported campus assaults

UW-Green Bay Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of reported on-campus assaults they believe are likely related. The following statement is the most recent from campus Police Chief Tom Kujawa, sent to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 12. It is followed by an initial notification statement, sent Monday evening, Sept. 5, also to students, faculty and staff.

Friday, Sept. 12:

Second student comes forward with assault report

Members of the Campus Community –

As UW-Green Bay Public Safety continues to pursue possible leads into an alleged assault on campus, we have now learned of a second and likely related incident.

In our all-campus notification this past Monday (Sept. 8), we alerted you that a female student had reported that a male approached and grabbed her as she was returning to her car in the Wood Hall Parking Lot at about 2:15 that afternoon. The suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and light colored cargo shorts.

Today, we have additional news to share regarding another incident that happened almost a week ago which was reported to us last night.

A female student told us she had been assaulted one week ago by a male suspect in an incident when she was leaving campus last Friday (Sept. 5). The suspect held the door open for her as she left from MAC Hall at about 2:00 p.m., and walked with her until they reached the tennis courts adjacent to the Kress Events Center. The female student reported unwanted touching of a sexual nature, over her clothes which lasted for several seconds.  The man left when she yelled. The suspect was  described as a white male between 5” feet 8” to 5’ 10” tall, medium or average build, razor stubble and dark colored hair.  Suspect was reportedly wearing a gray t-shirt, tan colored shorts and may have been carrying a black backpack.

Officers have been following a number of leads as part of this investigation. They have learned of an alleged incident that took place at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 6)  outside Robishaw Hall in the campus housing complex. A female student reported a male tried starting a conversation with her and grabbed her arm, before she quickly broke away. It is unclear if this case is related to the other two incidents.

Anyone who may have information on the suspect or suspects, or who may have witnessed the alleged incidents, is asked to call Public Safety at (920) 465-2300. Thank you for your cooperation.

Additionally, I appreciate the interest and concern expressed about these reports not only by students, but by their families, all members of the campus community, and our larger community. I note that assault is a matter that deeply affects both victims and the community, and remind you that those seeking additional support should know it is always just a phone call away:

Public Safety-465-2300 (24 hrs)

Sexual Assault Center-436-8899 (24 hrs)

Counseling and Health-465-2380

Dean of Students Office-465-2152

 

Tom Kujawa

Police Chief

 

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Monday, Sept. 5:

Members of the Campus Community –

UW-Green Bay Public Safety is investigating a report received this evening of an alleged assault in the Wood Hall Parking Lot. A female student reported that a male approached and grabbed her at about 2:15 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 8) as she was walking to her car in the Wood Hall lot. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and light colored cargo shorts.

Anyone who may have information on the suspect, or who may have witnessed the alleged incident, is asked to call Public Safety at (920) 465-2300. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Tom Kujawa

Police Chief