Grad student in critical condition after assault in Quadrangle apartment
Updated at 1:17 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 22.
A 29-year-old graduate student was found, left for dead, in the basement laundry room of her off-campus apartment building.
Security in the area has been increased, but police have not yet been able to identify any suspects.
The Ph.D. student in Arts & Sciences from New Delhi, India is still in critical condition and has been unable to speak with police and provide a description of her attacker, according to Capt. Michael Ransom of the University City Police Department.
Ransom did not provide details, but said that the police are currently working on some leads.
The student was found beaten in her apartment building at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.
According to a University press release, a Quadrangle employee doing maintenance discovered the victim, a tenant in the building, who was then taken to a hospital where she is currently reported to be in critical condition.
The building, located on the 700 block of Syracuse Avenue in University City, is owned by Quadrangle Housing, a University affiliate that owns and manages off-campus apartments for Washington University students and faculty.
The University City Police Department found no sign of forced entry into the building.
Don Strom, chief of the Washington University Police Department, sent out a crime alert to members of the off-campus community. The alert stated that the assault is believed to have occurred on Sunday, Dec. 20.
A subsequent e-mail was sent to the entire University community alerting members of this crime, which occurred one block north of the Delmar Loop.
The e-mail said that the University is offering counseling and support to other residents in the building and has also offered to help students move to another location if they feel unsafe in the area.
University City police and Washington University police are increasing security patrols in the area.
“U-City upped the amount of security in the area last night and today. The University communicated earlier in the day to students living off campus and the police contacted people who live in that building and that area,” said Steve Givens, associate vice chancellor for public affairs. “We’ve been in direct contact with the students off campus and have posted information on doors.”
The University City Police Department is handling the investigation of this crime.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
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