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University of Utah reports sexual assault on campus

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:28 a.m. | Posted - Oct. 18, 2020 at 7:35 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah late Saturday warned its campus community of a sexual assault that was reported earlier that day.

The assault reportedly took place between 4 and 5 p.m. on the 400 block of S. Mario Capecchi Drive, according to a university alert. It happened in a vehicle "described as a dark color, late model car."

University of Utah Police Lt. Jason Hinojosa said the assaulted woman is in her late 20s and is not a student at the university. According to Hinojosa, the woman met the man online. The woman reported he was not the same man in his online profile picture, and he convinced her to get in his vehicle.

"There was a weapon present in the vehicle," the alert says, "but it was not used in the commission of the act."

The university described a "person of interest" as a male with a slim build and shaved head wearing a military uniform. It asks anyone with information to contact university police at 801-585-2677.

The campus alert lists safety resources and tips for the campus community. University of Utah students who are victims of interpersonal violence can call the LINK line at 1-800-897-5465.

"Additional support and resources are available at the SafeU website, through the SafeUT app, and through the U's Basic Needs Center," the alert says.

Contributing: Garna Mejia, KSL TV

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