2nd on-campus sexual assault found to be false report

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The student who reported the alleged rape in a parking lot near Bryant Denny has been arrested and charged with filing a false report.

University police are investigating a second incident of sexual assault that happened on campus over the weekend.

According to the police, the assault happened Sunday around 2 a.m. in or around the parking area of Solomon’s Lot on Wallace Wade Ave.

The female student was reportedly forced into a vehicle, a red Jeep Cherokee, and assaulted by two males. The suspects are described as Hispanic, around 6’2″ with a wiry build, and police say the Jeep was theirs.

An on-campus rape of a female student that occurred over the weekend is also under investigation. A suspect has been arrested in that case.

Anyone who has any additional information about this occurrence is asked to call University Police at 205-348-5454 or Crime Stoppers at 752-7867(STOP). Crime prevention information is published in UAPD’s Safer Living Guide published at https://police.ua.edu/safer-living-guide-2-2/

The University of Alabama provides resources for victims through multiple offices including the Women and Gender Resource Center. Information is available at https://wgrc.sa.ua.edu/counseling-and-advocacy/

The University of Alabama released a statement:

The safety and health of our students is a top priority for our campus. The University is concerned about any incident that potentially jeopardizes the safety and security of the campus community. A notice was sent out as a timely warning to campus as soon as it was reported and information was available. UAPD is working with the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit to investigate the incident.

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