2 sexual assaults in 1 night have UMD adding security

The attacks by a stranger were in the same location about an hour apart.
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Two sexual assaults in the same location on the same night have police at the University of Minnesota Duluth making extra patrols on campus this weekend.

The UMD Police Department texted campus-wide alerts after the assaults on Thursday evening.

A statement the police department posted to Facebook says both happened in the area of Kirby Drive and Oakland Circle at about 6:10 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

In each case a woman was forcibly fondled by a man she did not know, who then ran away. One of the women was knocked to the ground. Police say there were no physical injuries to the women.

Description of suspect

UMD police say they're reviewing the footage from security cameras in the area and are following other leads.

Their statement says investigators are looking for a white man in his middle 20s who is about six feet tall and has short, scruffy facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and a knit hat that was brown and yellow.

Police brought in more officers on Thursday night and the department says extra patrols will continue through the weekend.

Sexual assaults on college campuses

Minnesota has a relatively new law that requires colleges and universities to tell the state how many sexual assaults are reported. The first batch of numbers is for 2015, when there were 294 reports statewide.

But there's no telling how many other assaults never get reported. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center estimates that 90 percent of the sexual assaults on college campuses are not reported.

The Center says only about 20 percent of cases involve people who don't know each other, like Thursday's Duluth attacks.

The UMD police say students can reduce the chances of an attack by parking and walking in well-lit areas, traveling in groups, paying attention to what's going on around them, and telling others where they're going and when.

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