Police: ECU Assault Was Rape

Police at ECU now say the woman who was attacked inside a bathroom was raped.

The alleged rape happened on campus at the Austin building on Wednesday afternoon.

The police report says the incident happened inside room 119 A just before 2:00 p.m.

Some students say they were not notified about the incident until Thursday afternoon. But university officials say they sent out an alert about the incident within two hours after it was reported.

ECU spokesman John Durham says that initial alert was a pop-up alert, meaning you had to be logged onto an ECU computer to see it.

University officials say an alert to those with ECU e-mail went out Thursday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.

Durham says the university has six different ways of notifying students about incidents and campus police felt the pop up alert was the quickest way to get initial information to students.

The search for a suspect continues.


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  • by W Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    I had 4 alerts that popped on my computer screen and they all said the same thing. ECU never officially announced it as rape to their employees or students...
  • by Faculty Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    We did receive the pop up within 2 hours of it happening and if you are faculty/staff, you are more than likely on your computer from 8-5. The pop up was an effective way to get the word out to those ON CAMPUS. It is SUMMER SCHOOL so sending a text alert to 20,000 students wouldn't have done any good. Only a small population of students are on campus during summer. A rape can happen ANYWHERE--it is not ECu's fault nor is it the fault of the police. Let's have some common sense people. ECU is as safe as any other place. As long as there are psychopaths out there, there will be crime. People and businesses can do all they can to prevent crimes, but sometimes--they are going to happen anyway. Some things are out of out control.
  • by ECU student Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    I do not know why WITN chose to filter my previous comment. STAFF MEMBER, it is not nosy to want to be notified of this crime. As a female, I do not expect to be raped when I go into a campus restroom. I am sure this is true of the majority of females on the campus. Being notified of this crime serves the purpose of reminding us that we need to be more aware of our surroundings, even in a classroom building occupied by many students, staff, and faculty during the day. We should always be aware of our surroundings, however, it is very easy to let your guard down during the day in a building full of people. It is unlikely the same person would strike a second time in the same day (or possibly ever). But if police never find the aggressor in this case, what is to stop someone else from thinking, "Hey, he got away with it - maybe I can too." Now that I know this has happened once on our campus, I am much more aware of the people around me as I enter restrooms. It was important information.
  • by ECU student Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    Staff Member:I fail to see how my desire to be informed about a female having been sexually assaulted in the middle of the afternoon, and in the restroom of a busy campus building is in any way nosy. It has nothing at all to do with being nosy. Even knowing that we need to be aware of our surroundings, it can be easy to let our guards down during *daytime* hours in a building on campus occupied by students, staff, and faculty. Being warned of this crime serves the purpose of reminding females that, sadly, they need to be on guard during the day while they are on campus because they are not safe even in the restrooms. How terrible that some out there do not think it important enough to notify students about an assault in a campus restroom. How do you know it would not happen again? Maybe not the same day, but what about on a different day? If this person is not caught, what prevents someone new from seeing that they got away with it, and thinking maybe they could get away with it too?
  • by Staff Member Location: ECU on Jun 27, 2009 at 09:14 PM
    I'm just curious as to why everyone wanted to be notified of this situation to begin with. Were you all going to jump up and help the police catch this guy? I don't think so. The cops were busy doing their job(taking the report, gathering witness statements, etc.). It probably took them two hours to process the crime scene and get back to their office so they could let the public know. It was not an immediate threat to anyone else on campus. People are just too nosey. Sounds like more armchair quarterbacks to me.
  • by Tadopole on Jun 27, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    It always makes me laugh to hear clueless memebers of the public whine and stamp their feet because "they" were not made aware of a something by the cops. Well guess what, you spoiled bunch of crybabies? Who cares about what you want. What were you going to do about it anyway? It's not like the guy was running around campus raping ten or fifteen women at the time. The cops are trying to do their job, which is to catch the rape suspect, if a rape actually occurred. Informing you is something that they do because some federal law requires it. Actually what the cops are doing is none of your business. So shut up and get off their back.
  • by Mike Location: Winterville on Jun 27, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    I think ECU's Campus is still a safe place and even more safer than the other bigger college's in the nation. We don't have all the facts. I'm sure the alerts were sent out the best way they could. There's always going to be people complaining that they didn't get the alert. You don't need the police to hold your hand every step of the way. People need to take the initiative to be more aware of their own surroundings.
  • by the quickest way on Jun 27, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    a popup was the quickest way to cover their backsides in order to say 'we notified the public'. they better step up and do their job, or next time someone might get killed! i bet people pay too much money for their kids or themselves to go to college to have to suffer because of the college's negligence!
  • by jack on Jun 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    come on folks- use your head!!!!! Is the so called rapist going to go to the next building and do another alleged rape immediately- I doubt it!!!! dah- do I have to explain it save your complaints for a shooter who would do something like that and you were not notified I am more concerned about the possibility that this is not exactly as you hear it remember the "I think I was assaulted"case or the "I was assaulted" but no assualt charges have been filed case- just a larceny charge- which by the way will be reduced to a simple case of simple theft You have to be very careful here- what you hear, what is reported ,what is read and what really happened- if anything at all- can be miles apart
  • by Justin Location: Greenville on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    I remember last summer they spent a chunk of change on installing a speaker notification system all over campus, why wasn't IT used, or was that a waste of money too?
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