SUNY Fredonia students assaulted; police looking for suspect


FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — University police at SUNY Fredonia are looking to identify a person they say assaulted students during two separate incidents early Monday morning.

According to the school, the incidents occurred in the vicinity of Ring Road and Park Drive at 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

It happened near a parking lot where many students park and walk back to their dorms at night.

During both incidents, the suspect assaulted the victims and tried to remove their clothing, officials say. The victims were not injured, and were able to fight off the attacker and get away.

The campus sent an email to students hours later to inform them about the assaults.

Officials from the college say police are investigating and have increased patrols on campus. They also say the campus has more than 300 security cameras.

Some students started a petition asking the college to allow students to park in lots near the dorms. SUNY Fredonia director of marketing and communications Jeff Woodard tells News 4 the administration is looking into and considering the petition.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned Black man with a stocky build, who stood at roughly 5’7″. He was believed to be college-aged or slightly older.

At the time, officials say he was wearing gray sweatpants and a red hoodie with the hood pulled up. He is not believed to be a part of the campus community.

Anyone with information that could help police identify him is asked to call (716) 673-3333, email or submit a tip here.

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