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JSO investigates assault that took place on JU campus

3:24 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the alleged victim left a motel near the Arlington Expressway and walked to a BP convenience store. It would be a life changing experience.

According to a police report, while at the BP, a dark colored vehicle pulled up and the driver asked her the time. She said she didn't know; then the man pulled out a chrome revolver and told her to get into the car.

The suspect said per the report, "as long as she did everything he told her to do, and did not look at him, he would let her go."

The abducted victim was driven to Jacksonville University, several miles from the convenience store.

The suspect apparently entered the school's security gate and went to a remote area near JU's marine center. The report says he sexually assaulted the woman, then told her she had 15 seconds to walk away.

At 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, police were called and the victim was taken to Shands hospital treated and released to the and the Sexual Assault Response Center for further treatment and evaluation.

The center sees about 250 sexual/rape cases a year, but says a number go unreported.

JU's president and vice president of marketing were not available for comment. On Thursday afternoon, Gordon Bass, Director of JU Campus Security, issued a statement in which he said, "our hearts go out to the victim and her family."

Bass underscored that the victim is not a JU student. He said the campus is safe and this assault was an anomaly. Even so, JU is beefing up campus security.

"Our campus is patrolled 24/7 by our security force, with supplementary patrols by off duty JSO personnel," said Bass. "In concert with our JSO zone officer, patrols have been stepped up in the aftermath of this incident."   

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