Sketch of sexual assault suspect released


Courtesy of University Police

By Jeremy Werner

University Police have released a sketch composite of a suspect in a July 13 sexual assault.

The sketch was drawn according to descriptions from the 19-year-old woman who was battered and sexually assaulted near the 1800 block of South Lincoln Avenue between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. last Sunday..

The suspect in the incident is described as a white male in his 20s, with a “tall and lanky build,” short brown hair, facial stubble, a very tan complexion, possibly brown eyes and a “Southern accent,” according to a police report.

Anyone who recognizes the man should call campus police at 333-1216 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

The suspect reportedly drives a green and gray conversion van with curtains in the windows.

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    The victim said she went to the Campustown bar Station 211, 211 E. Green St., then to a campus fraternity. While she was walking home alone, the suspect picked the victim up, said Lt. Roy Acree of the University Police Department. She was not forced into the vehicle, but Acree declined to elaborate further.

    The suspect picked up the victim in his van and drove to the Arboretum parking lot in Urbana south of the intersection of Lincoln and Florida avenues.

    The suspect undid his seat belt and battered the victim, Acree said. Evidence at the scene suggested she was removed from the van and sexually assaulted in the grass east of the lot, according to a police report. The victim told police she fought back against her attacker, but she could not remember anything else.

    Acree could not comment on the extent of her injuries.

    The victim was discovered by passerby around 4 a.m. near the area of the attack on Hazelwood Drive in Urbana..

    “This was a very violent attack and we would like to prevent this from happening again,” Acree said.

    Acree advises that students avoid walking home alone at night.