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UofL campus police warning students, staff to stay alert following incidents of 'armed and dangerous' sexual predator

Police are warning the campus community after a woman was physically and sexually assaulted at the Retreat at Louisville apartments over the weekend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville is reminding students to stay alert as both campus and Louisville Metro Police investigate what they call a “sexual predator.”

In an email shared with the UofL’s campus community, ULPD said an armed robbery took place over the weekend at the Retreat at Louisville off-campus housing. Police said a suspect broke into an apartment and sexually and physically assaulted a woman inside.

Police said there were rumors about access and potential ties to vehicle break-ins and unmarked key fobs. However, they said their preliminary reports don’t show a direct link.

The email said there were three other incidents reported previously – two in late July which was reported to LMPD, and one in August where campus police investigated near University Pointe.

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Police said the descriptions of the suspect are vague because they have worn a face-covering during each incident.

ULPD has placed additional officers around campus and nearby housing during the evening and early morning hours.

They’re asking anyone with information to call (502) 852-6111.

Students are asked to stay aware of their surroundings and be sure to:

  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Use well-lit public walkways and walk with a friend
  • Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling
  • Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service

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