Sexual Assault Reported At Gardner-Webb Univ. -

Sexual Assault Reported At Gardner-Webb Univ.

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The victim was attacked around 9:00 p.m. near the Lake Hollifield Complex. The victim was attacked around 9:00 p.m. near the Lake Hollifield Complex.

Gardner Webb University Campus Police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman on campus Tuesday night. They say the suspect remains on the loose and is a threat to the public.

According to investigators, a recent GWU alumna was attacked around 9 p.m. near the Lake Hollifield Complex in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

The female victim reported being raped by a man who was alone. A limited description of the suspect was made available Wednesday. Investigators say the man is reported having a beard and Southern accent. He did not have a weapon, but was able to overpower the victim.

The victim was examined at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. No other injuries were reported.

School officials say the crime is unusual.

“This is the first sexual assault of this nature that has occurred on campus,” said GWU spokesperson Niki Bliss-Carroll.

While Gardner-Webb is relatively small with about 2,600 students enrolled, the school has all the safety features you would expect to find at a large, public university.

GWU recently installed additional outdoor lighting along the walking trail near the location of the incident.

There are also a number of emergency call boxes located around campus and inside each building that will dispatch police with the press of a button.

Officers are still encouraging both students and the surrounding community, to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information that may be pertinent to the investigation is asked to call GWU Campus Police at 704-406-4444.

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