FHSU police investigate reported battery, issue reminders for safe jogging

NULLPolice are investigating a reported battery early Tuesday near Big Creek on the campus of Fort Hays State University.

Detective Ed Howell of the FHSU Police Department said that a 19-year-old female student ran into McMindes Hall shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, and reported that she had been grabbed while jogging on Dwight Drive near Big Creek. Howell said the young woman's clothes were torn and she appeared to have been in a struggle, but he said she was not sexually assaulted. She had only minor abrasions and declined medical treatment.

The name of the victim, who lives in a private residence off campus, is being withheld at this stage of the investigation.

The report was received at 1:53 a.m., and the Hays Police Department and the Ellis County Sheriff's Department assisted with the incident.

The alleged victim reported that her attacker was a college-age white male, about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, medium build, with dark hair, wearing a dark baseball cap with an unidentified insignia, a white shirt with unidentified lettering, and dark mesh shorts. Anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in the vicinity of the alleged crime should contact Howell at the FHSU Police Department at 628-5304.

Howell also urged those who wish to exercise outside at night to follow safety guidelines: use the buddy system when running or jogging, stay in well-lit areas and immediately report any suspicious activity.

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