OUPD receives 2nd on-campus sexual assault report of the year

The Oakland University Police Department received the second on-campus sexual assault report of the year on Monday, Oct. 12.

The report states that the assault happened between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in West Vandenburg Hall.

The suspect is described as a “Hispanic male with dark brown hair, approximately 20 years old, standing 6 feet tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds,” according to the alert issued campus-wide by OUPD immediately after the report was filed. 

The person who filed the report met the suspect on a social media website.

No arrests have been made, but OUPD is investigating the incident.

Coincidentally, the attack occurred exactly one month after the first sexual assault on Sept. 8.  

As stated above, the most recent assault happened on Oct. 8 and a report was filed on Monday, Oct. 12. The September assault was reported on Sept. 15, also a few days following the incident.  

Chief of Police Mark Gordon stated that it is common for assaults to be reported days, even weeks or months, after an incident.  This is typically because of the shock that the survivor experiences.  

As in the case of the assault back in September, the two met on social media, this time through the popular dating application Tinder.  

According to OUPD, contact was made between the two, the female informed the male assailant of her location and let him into West Vandenberg Hall on Oct. 8.  The assault occurred shortly after.  

OUPD is currently working on the case, following up with the survivor and witnesses who heard of the attack from the survivor.  They have designated a detective to follow the investigation as well.  

“She has cooperated with police, she’s made a police report and we are actively investigating it,” Gordon assured, concerning the survivor and follow-up.  

The attacker is not an Oakland student, but is still at large.  

This was not a random attack, though students should continue to be cautious, travel in groups when possible and inform friends of their whereabouts when traveling late at night.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact OUPD at (248) 370-3331.

Anonymous tips can also be left at www.oupolice.com/tip.