Groping incident on KU campus has students concerned

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Students at the University of Kansas are on alert after police say a woman was inappropriately touched on the main campus. Students say they're worried after hearing a student was groped during the day in the middle of the busy campus.

Now police are asking for help finding the man involved.

“Just really scary, really unsettling,” said freshman Ainslie Hartmann.

“I couldn`t believe it,” added Courtney Bush, a junior. “I thought it was very strange that someone would want to touch another woman`s groin.”

Police say between 10:20 and 10:30 on Wednesday morning a woman was walking in near the Wescoe Hall loading dock when a stranger touched her inappropriately.

“They got behind Wescoe Hall, by the loading dock, and the suspect grabbed the victim in the groin area...and then took off in a southwest direction on campus,” said Captain James Anguiano with the KU Public Safety Office.

Captain Anguiano says they believe the suspect is in his 20s.

“The description is a white male, approximately 5'9" to 5'10", wearing a blue tank top with a beige long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes, with a brown faux-hawk hairdo,” added Anguiano.

Police say they are unsure if the suspect is a student -- because the campus is open to anybody.

“We`re still early in our investigation, trying to see if there are any other witnesses, or if anybody else saw the subject on campus,” adds Anguiano.

Every student received a crime alert via email.

“I just checked my email inside, and it really freaked me out,” Hartmann added.

“We send that information so students are made aware of situations that are going on, or serious crimes on campus,” Anguiano said.

It`s a good thing that they have these systems to notify us,” said Bush.

Many students are on edge after hearing about what happened.

“I think all students should always have the right to be able to walk around without any fear or worries of repercussions like that,” said another student, Dayna Williams.

Students FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to say they always try to pay attention to their surroundings, but will be even more cautious now.

“You`re never really sure if they actually do catch the person, so it is a little worrying,” added Bush.

Police say right now they are still investigating, but don't have leads to follow.

With campus being such a busy place many students hope there were witnesses to help catch him.

“You`d think that someone would have seen that,” Hartmann added.

The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for examination.

Police want to remind everyone to be aware of the surroundings and report any suspicious activities.

If you have any information about this incident -- or the identity of the suspect - call Crime Stoppers at (785) 864-8888 or the KU Public Safety Office at (785) 864-5900.