A week after a Bowdoin College student told police she was raped in her off-campus apartment, a second student reported that she was grabbed from behind in an attempted assault.
The student was walking by herself Tuesday night across the street from campus when she was grabbed, The Portland Press Herald reported. She fled to a nearby building, unharmed, and the attacker ran from the scene.
Both incidents are under investigation by the Brunswick Police Department, Doug Cook, a spokesman for Bowdoin College, told Boston.com.
The woman grabbed on Tuesday night was unable to provide a description of her attacker, and authorities do not know if the two incidents are related at this time. Police are searching for a suspect in last week’s sexual assault who allegedly entered a student’s apartment through an unlocked door. The victim described him as a slim white man in his early 20s, about 5-foot 10, according to police.
While the investigations continue, Cook said the college has increased patrol presence on campus, added lighting, and is encouraging students to take advantage of the school’s shuttle service as well as a subsidized taxi service. Bowdoin has also been checking locks on doors and windows of residence halls to prevent further break-ins.
A student also started a Facebook group called Bowdoin Safe Walk, Cook said, that provides a way for students to connect and find someone to walk with on campus at night. So far, the group has more than 1,500 members from the student body of 1,800.
“This morning we met with town officials to talk about these incidents and explore the ways that we can work together,’’ Cook said. “We have informed students and faculty and staff and we continue to emphasize the important precautions people should take to make sure they are safe.’’