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Police continue investigation into alleged rape of Winthrop student

The investigation continues today into the alleged sexual assault and kidnapping of a 20-year-old Winthrop University student.

The girl, whose name has not been released, told police Wednesday afternoon that around 2 a.m., a man approached her as she was parking her car at the University Place Apartments and forced her back into her car and made her drive to an apartment at the Innsbrook Commons apartment on Main Street.

According to the police report, the man raped her and told her he’d just given her AIDS. Wednesday morning, Winthrop University issued a campus-wide e-mail alert saying the suspect is a black man in his 20s with a goatee who was wearing a black beanie and black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

If you have any information that may help authorities, you’re asked to call police at 329-7211.

Full text of the Winthrop University Campus-wide alert, as obtained by WRHI:

From: <priority@all.winthrop.edu>
Date: December 14, 2011 3:18:07 PM EST
Subject: CAMPUS ALERT

THE FOLLOWING CRIME HAS BEEN REPORTED:

NATURE OF CRIME:                 SEXUAL ASSAULT
DATE:                                            DECEMBER 14, 2011
PLACE:                                         UNIVERSITY PLACE APARTMENTS
TIME:                                             2:00am

Please be advised at approximately 2:00am this morning, a suspicious person described as a black male in his mid 20′s with a goatee beard, wearing a black nylon beanie, and black hooded sweatshirt approached a female student after she parked her vehicle and began walking through the parking lot to the University Place Apartments. The suspect forced the female to return to her vehicle and ordered her to drive to an apartment complex on Main St. at Constitution where she was sexually assaulted.

Rock Hill Police with the assistance from Campus Police is investigating the incident.  If anyone has information on this case or the suspect, please contact Campus Police at Ext. 3333 or 323-3333 or Rock Hill Police Department at 803-329-7211. Information can also be submitted confidentially by accessing the Campus Police web page at http://www.winthrop.edu/campuspolice/silent_witness.htm

Please be vigilant at all times, aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and know where the closest emergency call box on campus is located.  Please call Campus Police IMMEDIATELY (x3333 or 323-3333) if you observe any suspicious person or activity.

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