Crime briefs: Police investigate campus attack

Police investigate possible connection between attacks

An attack reported by a female student Thursday is still under investigation.

Campus police Lt. Ramiro Abad said Friday that the university and Fort Worth police departments were looking into whether Thursday night’s attack was related to a sexual assault reported Oct. 13. An increase in nighttime campus security after the Oct. 13 assault is still in effect.

A female student reported late Thursday that a man grabbed her from behind while she was walking near Jarvis Hall at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, but the student was able to get away, according to campus police.

The suspect in Thursday night’s attack is described as a 6-foot tall white man in his late 20s with shaggy blond hair, according to a campuswide e-mail from TCU Police.

The suspect in the Oct. 13 assault is described as 6-foot tall white man of average build in his early 20s with straight blond hair and a mole on his right cheek.

A female student was sexually assaulted at about 9 p.m. Oct. 13 as she was walking by the Sadler Lawn from her dormitory to the library, according to police. The suspect approached the victim from behind, police said.

Lisa Albert, director of communications for the university, wrote in an e-mail that the university did not have any more information than what was in the crime alert.

Pam Christian, crime prevention officer, said that every year at daylight savings time Froggie Five-0 starts operating at 7 p.m., but that this semester students have used the service more frequently than in the past.

“Fall semester the numbers are always up,” Christian said. “This fall semester is up a little bit more, whether it is due to the attempted sexual assault or the sexual assault I really don’t know, but every fall the numbers are up.”

She said more freshmen living on campus than ever before could have played a part in the high numbers.

Wreck reported in Brachman Lot

A car driven by a student flipped and landed on top of a parked SUV in Worth Hills early Saturday morning, a campus police officer said.

Officer George Steen was not on duty that night but was informed about the incident by an officer who was on the scene. Steen said the speed of the car as it traveled through Worth Hills was a factor in the accident, but could not confirm whether alcohol was involved in the wreck.

The student attempted to maneuver the vehicle away from a gate when the car hit a curb and flipped. The student fled the scene, but was found later in the morning, Steen said. He could not comment further because the case was still under investigation.

Police Sgt. Kelly Ham said the accident happened at 3:25 a.m.