Female student raped, robbed in the DeMun neighborhood

| Student Life Staff

This is the original breaking news update for this story. For the final version that ran in print, click here

UpdatedIncludes additional information released by St. Louis Police on Monday afternoon, comment from a Washington University spokesman and new information about the Campus2Home shuttle.

A female undergraduate was raped and robbed by an unknown suspect on Monday morning around 12:30 a.m., according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

The student was walking home on Skinker Boulevard near the 6200 block of Northwood Avenue when she walked by an individual approaching from the opposite direction. According to the University, the suspect approached the student from behind and forced her behind a nearby building where he sexually assaulted her. The suspect indicated he had a knife but did not display a weapon.

After the assault, the suspect took money from the victim and fled the scene. St. Louis police are investigating the rape, but did not release any information about the crime beyond an updated description of the suspect and basic details of the incident.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and, according to Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Steve Givens, released Monday afternoon.

“Obviously we’re very concerned about her and helping her get through this situation, so we’ve reached out to her and her family,” Givens said. “Her family is now here and she’s released from the hospital and doing well. That’s a relief, but obviously we’ve offered her counseling or whatever she needs to help get her life back.”

The assault comes several months after the University announced its Campus2Home shuttle service, which provides door-to-door service from campus to off-campus residences in neighborhoods surrounding the Danforth Campus. The shuttle service is available seven days a week between 7 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

As a result of the attack, students will now be able to take the shuttle to neighborhoods south of campus—including the neighborhood in which the incident occurred.

Initially, the program was intended to serve students, faculty and staff living north of Forest Park Parkway in University City and the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood.

“We didn’t have a lot of students in the south” when the program began, Givens said. “Beginning tonight were going to open up the shuttle service to anyone who lives in that area.”

The shuttle leaves from the Mallinckrodt Center and the Brookings Drive every half hour and drives students to their final destination rather than following a set route.

Police described the suspect as a black male between 18 and 25 years of age, approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. At the time of the assault, the suspect was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt over a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and white gloves.

Police request that any person with information relevant to the incident contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

With additional reporting by Michelle Merlin

This is the original breaking news update for this story. For the final version that ran in print, click here

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