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Update: Armed Assaults on MTSU Campus


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Newly released police reports are providing additional details concerning two armed assaults that took place last week on the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

The assaults occurred within hours of each other Tuesday evening, September 16,  but don’t appear to be related.

In the first incident, a 23 year-old female student from Columbia tells police she was pulled out of her car at about 8:30 p.m. by what she described as a tall, light-skinned black male wearing a gray hoodie.

The victim says the man began choking her and also pulled out a switchblade type knife. She says her screams caused her attacker to flee. Police are calling the attack an aggravated sexual assault.

Police noted red marks on the woman's neck, but she refused medical attention.

In the second incident, which took place just after 11 p.m., a 22 year-old male student reports that a handgun was shoved against the back of his head as he arrived at the Scarlett Commons campus apartments.

The robber demanded the student’s wallet and then fled. The victim did not get a good look at his assailant. He reports losing a small amount of cash, a driver's license and credit card.

No arrests have been made in either incident.

MTSU Police are reminding students that campus escorts are available on request.