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University of Kentucky police investigate third report of foot puncturing at library

Exterior of the  William T. Young Library on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. File photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Exterior of the William T. Young Library on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. File photo by Charles Bertram | Staff LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

University of Kentucky police are investigating a new report of an assault involving foot puncturing at the William T. Young Library.

It's the first report of a foot puncturing at the library in more than a year. The other reports were made in spring of 2011.

The most recent assault on feet took place at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the library, police said in a bulletin.

The victim, a female UK student, was assaulted with an unknown sharp object causing minor injury to her foot, police said.

A suspicious individual was seen in the area and described as a heavyset man, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, wearing a black and white ball cap and black tennis shoes. He was carrying a black and silver briefcase/laptop case.

The man was last seen walking toward the stairwell of the second floor Core 4 area of W.T. Young Library, the bulletin said.

No other details were released.

Kathy Johnson, a university spokeswoman, said the suspect in the April 2011 incidents was not apprehended.

Johnson said Police Chief Joe Monroe is unsure whether the three incidents are related.

"As part of the investigation, UK Police is working to see if there is a connection," said Johnson.

In one incident, a man crawled under a study desk at the library and used an object to puncture someone's foot, police said at the time.

That man was described as white, between 5-foot-8 to 6 foot with short hair, possibly a buzz cut. He wore a hat and bright orange shorts or shoes.

The second incident took place on the same day, at the same location.

"Due to a lack of good suspect descriptions in both cases, Chief Monroe is not ready to say the cases are related; however, they are similar," Johnson said.

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