Recent assaults prompt campus security increase


    The abduction of a University of Texas at Arlington student this week has no connection to a similar reported assault of a TCU student in late September, TCU and UTA police said Wednesday.According to police reports, the victims, both women, were taken into vehicles by two men. In the incident involving a TCU student, the victim said she voluntarily entered a sports utility vehicle before she was sexually assaulted. But the suspects in the two cases do not have the same physical description, said TCU Police Detective Kelly Ham.

    There has been no further investigation into the TCU incident because no charges were filed, according to TCU Police.

    Ham said TCU students need to be aware of the potential threat of the UTA incident even though the cases are not connected.

    “Students should absolutely be concerned,” Ham said. “The UTA police contacted us about this incident because of the close proximity.”

    Ham said TCU Police patrols have been increased because the suspects in the UTA case have not been caught.

    The woman abducted on the UTA campus was forced into a white pickup truck Monday evening after the two men in the vehicle asked her for directions, according to a UTA police report. The men drove away from the scene and attempted to sexually assault and gag the woman with a black rag, the report stated.

    The woman struggled with her captors, and they pushed her out of the truck, possibly a Ford F-150 with a backseat area, according to police reports.

    Reports describe the suspects as white men in their mid- to late 20s. The driver was wearing a white shirt, jeans and a blue hat with an ‘H’ and an orange star on it, according to police reports. The passenger is described as having long, dark brown hair and wearing a gray shirt and jeans.

    UTA Assistant Chief of Police Ricardo Gomez said the police have no leads on who the men are or where they are.