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As police investigate 2 sexual assaults near U of L, experts preach self-protection

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Self-protection class Core Combat Sports Self-protection class Core Combat Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After police announced two women were sexually assaulted near U of L's campus earlier this week, many are worried about their own safety.

“Travel in groups always, and keep your phone on you,” Caroline Glazier said.

“We just like mainly to try and not go somewhere alone," Kaitlin Mingari said. "We always make sure we're with someone."

The first assault happened at 3rd Street and West Gaulbert Avenue. Police say the victim was carjacked at gunpoint then sexually assaulted. Afterward, the suspects took her vehicle and targeted another woman the very next day, this time a U of L student.

“The suspects, using the first victim's car, forced another female at gunpoint into a car and a sexual assault occurred,” Detective Anthony Gipson said.

That second attack happened at 7th Street and West Shipp Avenue. After the crime, investigators say the men set the car on fire, took off and have yet to be caught. Police believe the same two men are responsible for both attacks.

“We'd 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,” Det. Gipson said.

The owner of Core Combat Sports echoes a similar message.

“Be aware. Use your brain,” Rolando Haddad said. “Visualize what could happen and how would you deal with it.”

In his self-protection classes, it's all about adapting to ever-changing variables.

“If you want to be very well prepared, it's kind of a life-long endeavor. This is not about a move or a seminar," Haddad said. "Really, at the end of the day, you have to learn how to fight, and that's not something that happens overnight."

But perhaps the best advice is this: Don't think it can't happen to you, and always have a plan.

If you have to walk somewhere alone, you're encouraged not to look down at your phone or listen to music with headphones.

If you have any information in these sexual assault cases call 574-LMPD.

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