In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 6, a student living in a Briggs Avenue apartment reported that an unknown male suspect had sexually assaulted her in the bedroom of her residence.
Erie police responded to the call on Sunday at about 4 a.m. and are currently investigating the incident, along with two others assaults that came to light after Mercyhurst College campus police posted a crime alert about the initial report.
Police say it appears that the same male suspect was involved in all three incidents. All three occurred between 2 and 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, in the apartments located on the east side of the Mercyhurst College campus.
No one at Mercyhurst College can remember an incident of “stranger” assault being reported on the Mercyhurst College campus in the last dozen years.
Campus officials took immediate action, posting a crime alert – a flyer with the basic details of the incident that reminds students to be cautious and aware – on Sunday and notifying residence life staff so that they could answer questions from residents about the incident.
In addition, both police and residence life staff are reminding residents to lock apartment doors, check their windows and utilize the buddy system when out on campus.
Residence life staff and campus security are handling extra security rounds in residence life hall areas.
Campus counselors are on call for victims and their families as well as any other students who might have some concerns or anxiety about the incidents on campus.