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Release: Aug. 7, 2001

UI's Public Safety Department investigating assaults

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three attempted assaults involving staff members occurred late Sunday night at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The first incident occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. A male suspect followed a female staff member onto an elevator and grabbed her. She escaped her attacker when the elevator door opened.

The second incident occurred approximately five minutes later at 11:20 p.m. Another female staff member was grabbed while in a hallway. She also fled from her assailant.

The third incident occurred in a parking ramp near the hospital between 11:25 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. The same suspect approached a female staff member. She pushed him away and reported the encounter to a parking ramp cashier.

The incidents were reported to Safety and Security Services in UI Hospitals and Clinics. The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is investigating all of the incidents. The suspect in each case is described as a black male, 5’6" to 5’9" tall, in his mid-to-late 20’s, weighing 130-145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was reported to be wearing dark trousers, dark shoes, and a black and tan striped pullover shirt. Anyone with any information about these incidents is urged to call the Department of Public Safety at (319) 335-5022.