Last Update: 11:30 a.m. at April 2, 2012
The Bozeman Police Department is investigating a second rape reported to have occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18, four days prior to the assault of a Montana State University student near campus.
According to Bozeman police, the victim of the second rape reported being attacked by a man on West Koch Street at 3:30 a.m. The victim described the man as having shaggy brown hair and glasses. She told police he was tall with a medium build and wearing sweatpants. The victim was not an MSU student or affiliate.
On Thursday, March 22, a man with a similar description raped an MSU student near the corner of Third Avenue and Garfield Street around 11:45 p.m. She described the man as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, with curly dark blond to light brown hair, 5'10, 200 pounds, last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with unidentified writing on the front, and dark blue MSU sweat pants. He is further described as wearing glasses and as having no facial hair.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: A sketch of the suspect in this crime is now available. Click here to view the sketch.
The woman from the Thursday, March 22, attack reported that the unidentified male caught up with her on foot as she walked toward her residence, physically pulled her to the ground and assaulted her before fleeing the area on foot. Officers from the Bozeman Police Department and MSU Police Department responded immediately to the area but attempts to locate the suspect at the time were unsuccessful.
MSU police remind all students, faculty, staff and visitors to use caution when walking alone at all times, stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups. Report any suspicious activity or any information about these crimes to Bozeman police at 406-582-2000 or MSU police at 406-994-2121.
Anyone wishing to report information anonymously, can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MSU Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the MSU Police Department at 994-2121 to request an escort.
Officers will provide an escort from or to any point within one mile of campus. Safety escorts are a long-term, ongoing program of the MSU Police Department.