University News

Man posing as driver reportedly assaults student

Assault reported to DPS early Saturday morning following encounter in Jewelry District

Senior Staff Writer
Monday, April 25, 2016

A student was reportedly assaulted at an off-campus apartment by an unidentified man posing as a driver for a ride-sharing service, wrote Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 in a community-wide email Saturday.

The man offered a ride to the student at a club in the Jewelry District, Carey wrote. Later that night, the student was reportedly assaulted by the suspect.

“Support services and resources are being provided to the student and friends,” Carey wrote. “No crime is the fault of the victim.”

The assault was reported to the Department of Public Safety early Saturday morning, he wrote.

The Providence Police Department is investigating the incident, wrote Brian Clark, director of news and editorial development, in an email to The Herald.

Carey also included public safety tips and contact details related to the University’s transportation services. He urged students to use Brown onCall, a point-to-point transportation service that covers College Hill and the Jewelry District, for rides between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Students may also call DPS for rides after 3 a.m., Carey wrote.

Students traveling alone at night can also use the Brown Guardian mobile app to update their friends of their whereabouts and estimated time of arrival, Carey wrote.

A representative from DPS could not be reached by press time.

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