Two students attacked at Ray Street
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
Two male residents of Ray Street B were assaulted Sunday at 12:05 p.m., prompting university police action and the sending of UD Alerts to students via email.
Five or six black male suspects entered a bathroom in the hall, where they attacked the two residents. The suspects were in dark clothing, and two of them were “heavier set,” the alert stated.
The attack prompted uneasiness among residents, sophomore Tess Bauer, a resident at Ray Street B, stated in an email message.
“Everyone was in shock and a little on edge,” Bauer said. “Most people including my roommates and I just stayed in our rooms for the rest of the day.”
Sophomore Kaitlyn Andersen said she was in her room, located above the place where the attack occurred. She said she was able to hear screams through a shared vent but did not realize what was happening at first.
“We started to look for RAs in the building after my friend came running upstairs to inform us what the noise we just heard was,” Andersen said. “When we could not find any, my suite-mate called the police while we locked ourselves in our rooms because we didn’t know if the men were still in the building or why it happened.”
After police arrived, police questioned residents of the floor, Andersen said.
Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, not much can be revealed about the incident, said University Police Chief Patrick Ogden.
However, Ogden said the Public Safety’s preliminary investigation led officials to believe this was not a random attack.
In order to prevent this kind of attack, Ogden said students must be vigilant about their surroundings and report suspicious activity. Students should not let strangers into the buildings, he said.
“The card access panels are there for a reason,” Ogden said. “Your residence hall is just like your home, and at home, you wouldn’t just let some stranger into your house.”
Students should be using their card to access residence halls, he said. Instead, they too frequently follow others in, which facilitates attacks. In addition, residents of halls should not let strangers in.
Andersen said she thinks better security systems should be implemented, as it is easy to enter the buildings, despite students being aware not to let others in. However, students must not let anyone they do not recognize into the building, and they should not hesitate to ask questions if they are suspicious, she said.
“Someone probably held the door open for them, trying to be polite, because why would anyone suspect that this would have happened?” Andersen said.