Fayette County

UK police investigate two assaults on campus

University of Kentucky police issued safety precautions Thursday after two people were assaulted late Wednesday night on campus.

Shortly before midnight, a male was punched in the face by an unknown individual in the Woodland and Hilltop avenues area, according to UK police.

A couple of minutes later, campus police received a report of a second male being assaulted in the same area. The second victim was approached by an unknown male who struck the victim in the side of the head, knocking his glasses off. The victim then struck his attacker in the face, knocking him to the ground. As the victim was retreating to his residence hall, two other unknown males got out of a silver or gray vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix, that was parked nearby and began running after him, police said.

The victims described one of the suspects as an African-American male, 6 feet to 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 210 pounds. The man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The other two suspects were also African-American, but police were provided with no other identifiers.

UK police suggested that people who notice anything suspicious to go to the nearest phone and call 911.

UK police also suggested that people carry cell phones or other personal safety devices; always be aware of their surroundings; not travel alone in the dark; park their vehicles only in well-lit areas; and drink responsibly.

If accosted by an attacker, a person should make authoritative statements such as "Back off!" "Stop!" or "No way!" police said, adding that a victim should never comply with being moved to another location, and should fight back.

Police noted that free escorts may be requested by calling Safe Cats at (859)257-7233, or UK police at (859)257-1616. Discounted taxi service is also available through UK-sponsored Taxicats at (859)381-8294, police said.