SALT LAKE CITY — An unknown assailant attempted to sexually assault a woman early Saturday morning just south of the Rice Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus, according to U. police.
Police said the woman, who is not a U. student or affiliated with the school, was walking westbound on 500 South when the incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. Saturday. U. police Sgt. Mark Veatupu said the investigation was ongoing and was not able to offer details about the woman's condition, but did say she was being evaluated at a local hospital Saturday afternoon and was accompanied by a victim's advocate.
He also offered a description of the suspected attacker in the case.
"The suspect is a possible white male with short dark hair, last seen driving a dark pickup, possibly a blue Toyota Tacoma," Veatupu said.
The incident is the second reported on the U. campus in the last three weeks.
On March 25, U. police reported a sexual assault occurred around 10:30 p.m. just west of the Marriott Library on campus. Hours later, the university sent out a campuswide alert instructing students and staff to pay attention to their surroundings and to report anything suspicious but did not specify whether there was a larger threat at the time. No additional details about the incident have since been released.
Veatupu said it is not yet known if the two incidents are connected and noted the previous case is also an ongoing investigation.
Veatupu encouraged anyone who may have information about either incident to contact campus police at 801-585-2677.
Contributing: Alex Cabrero