Police say they are investigating a sexual assault after two young women were walking in downtown Greenville, just blocks from the ECU campus.
The university confirms that one of the women is a student.
The women, ages 19 and 20 years old, were walking through the parking lot of First Street Place around 2:15 a.m. when they were approached by a man. Police say the man exposed himself to the women and then attacked and tackled one of them. As the second victim began running for help, the man then began to chase her.
Police say the second victim managed to run into the apartments and the man ran away. He was last seen running east across Greene Streets into the area of the Town Common.
Police searched the area and failed to find the attacker. He is described as a light-skinned black man in his mid-20's, about 6'0" tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He has close-cut hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white tee-shirt.
The apartment complex says this is the first incident of this type that has happened in the three years they have been open. “We take the security and comfort of our residents seriously. We are very concerned over the news of an alleged attempted assault in our parking involving two guests. We are cooperating with authorities to understand the basis of this event and how we can prevent this from happening in the future.”
Any person with information about this crime should call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315. Pitt Greenville CrimeStoppers will pay a reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Their number is 252-758-7777.