By Rebecca Lamarche
A female Dalhousie student was assaulted on Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 a.m. while walking home alone in the area of South St. and Studley St.
“A male approached her and grabbed her by the arm and demanded her belongings,” says Constable Brian Palmeter of the Halifax Regional Police.
“She didn’t have anything, so she screamed for help. He struck her and then fled on foot.”
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Palmeter describes the suspect as a “white male, 6-1 in his late 20s with a deep voice and an overweight build, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.”
Michael Burns, Director of Security at Dalhousie University, circulated an email to students on Monday, March 21. He reminded them of general safety tips and the university’s shuttle service, Tiger Patrol, which will drive students to and from campus.
Though Tiger services do help to ensure the safety of students, they are only available between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. They were therefore not helpful in this incident.
Burns says, after 12:30, security services can provide an escort in certain circumstances depending on other activities at that time.
Dalhousie security also has an emergency phone line, (494-4109) which can be accessed from any phone.
According to Palmeter, the police were called at 4:34 a.m. Nothing was stolen from the victim, and despite being struck across the face she sustained only minor injuries.
Burns and Palmeter encourage anyone with information to contact the Halifax Regional Police (490-5016), Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477) or Dalhousie Security (494-6400).