VIDEO | LMPD alerts public about sexual assaults near U of L
Louisville Metro Police are asking the public for help in obtaining information about two sexual assaults that took place this week near the University of Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are asking the public for help in obtaining information about two sexual assaults that took place this week near the University of Louisville.
According to LMPD Sex Crimes Detective Anthony Gipson, both assaults took place "in or around University of Louisville properties" since Monday.
"One of these victims is – to our knowledge – not a student of the university, and the other one is," Gipson told reporters Thursday afternoon.
Gipson said the first occurred near the intersection of S. 3rd Street and W. Gaulbert Avenue. According to Gipson, a female victim was carjacked by two black males, then sexually assaulted.
"That victim was told to leave the area, at which point she did," Gipson said. "But the suspects kept the car."
The second sexual assault took place the next day, near the intersection of S. 7th Street and W. Shipp Avenue.
"The following day, the suspects, using the first victim’s car, forced another female at gunpoint into a car," Det. Gipson said. "A sexual assault occurred. The female was ordered to flee or be injured, at which point in time she did. The suspects then also fled that car and set it afire."
Gipson said that the only information that officers currently have is that the crimes were perpetrated by two young black males with a handgun.
Gipson asked people in the area to be vigilant.
"So at this point in time, we would like to express the importance of your surroundings, to move – if you can – in pairs or groups, and just be mindful of what’s going on around you at this point in time," he said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the anonymous police tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.
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