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Sept. 14, 2011

UI Police seek suspect in assault, attempted robbery

University of Iowa Police are investigating a reported assault on a resident of Mayflower Residence Hall that took place around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 as he was leaving the northeast entrance of the building.

UI Police, who received the report at 8 p.m. that day, said the suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, reportedly punched the resident in the back of the head and attempted to rob him. During the confrontation, a Good Samaritan intervened and the resident was able to retrieve his wallet from the suspect. The victim received minor injuries in the altercation.

The suspect is described as a 25- to 30-year old black male, 6 foot, 200 pounds and last seen wearing all black clothing and black Nike style basketball shoes. There appeared to be a cut design in his hair on the right side of his head.

Police are seeking anyone with knowledge about this incident, including the man who intervened on behalf of the Mayflower resident, and ask that they call 319-335-5022. The Good Samaritan who intervened and who may go by the name "Mark" or "Clark," is described as an older white male, possibly 40 to 50 years of age, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, with light brown hair, and a thin silver mustache.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious or criminal behavior at any time is encouraged to contact the UI Police immediately. If you are the victim of a crime, report the incident immediately by calling 911.

Meanwhile, students are encouraged to use main entrances as points of exit or entry into residence halls.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David A. Visin, associate director of UI Public Safety, 319-335-5022 or; Stephen Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007,