published Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Sexual assault reported on UTC campus, suspect at large

UTC police are following several leads on a sexual assault that took place Thursday in a UTC parking garage, school officials said.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga officials said the victim is a student and that it wasn’t rape, but a “physical assault of a sexual nature.” It is not known if the attacker is a student or not, said the school’s spokesman Chuck Cantrell.

But officials are urging students and staffers to be cautious, be aware of their surroundings and to try to not walk alone, especially at night.

UTC police responded Thursday evening to a report of the assault in the Fifth Street parking garage.

Schools officials sent an email alert Friday morning, urging students and staffers to be on the lookout for a white male, college-age, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 with shaggy sandy hair, a scraggly beard, a slender, athletic build and wearing a North Face style all-weather red jacket. He escaped on foot.

The crime was reported to the Chattanooga police, but UTC’s police department is leading the investigation, according to Cantrell.

If anyone has any information on the suspect, contact UTC police at 425-4357.

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rolando said...

Better yet, demand that UTC obey the 2nd Amendment. Arm yourself...it is your right.

When seconds count, the [UTC] police are only minutes away.

December 2, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
solomon11 said...

Does the answer to every problem have to involve a gun! It is possible to protect yourself against an unarmed assailant if you have basic self defense training. Even armed assailants can be stopped in their tracks without having to shoot a gun and risk killing an innocent bystander or yourself. Guns are wrestled away from their owners all the time. No point in arming a thug if you don't have to. Using the palm of your hand to drive his nose into his brain only hurts him.

December 2, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
chiyote said...

I agree with Solomon. Obviously the attacker was able to overpower the victim. Had a gun been involved, even if it were the victims gun, the situation could escalate into something a lot worst. As a UTC student, and someone who supports the 2nd amendment right, I feel strongly against guns on campus.

December 2, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
ThinBlue706 said...

Last year near Dahlonega, GA a young adult female with a black belt in one of the martial arts was jogging. She was attacked and overpowered by a man in his 50's. She was raped and murdered and her beheaded body was later found. The suspect is awaiting trail for the capital crimes. So, "using the palm of your hand to drive his nose into his brain" apparently did not work for this healthy, active black belt. As for not being disarmed, that is known as situational awarness. Be aware of potential threats before they close on you. Never be outside your home in condition white or unaware. Always be alert and ready, that does not mean paranoid, just alert. This gives you time to identify and most of the time, avoid problems. If you cannot avoid the threat, then you have time to draw your weapon. The vast majority of the time when a weapon is drawn the suspect will flee. After all, they are predators used to attacking the weaker, that is the power trip they are on. When you produce a weapon and show you are NOT going to be an easy target, their self elusion is gone, and so are they.

December 2, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.
Lr103 said...

A gun, like having a black belt, often provides a false sense of safety. Even police with years of training and experience have had their own guns taken from them and used against them by criminals.

Any martial arts expert or gun training expert will advise to never over estimate your ability, and your first instinct should be to run. Guns can't always protect a potential victim from harm, and in some cases may cause a situation to escalate into a deadly one, no more than wearing a seatbelt or having an airbag in your car will always protect you in an accident. In some situations airbags and seabelts have actually cost lives rather than saved them.

The key is to use common sense. That is, who in their right mind would venture into a parking garage after dark alone? Or even in broad daylight for that matter? Using common sense and instinct still provides the best safety and protection. Never never take for granted that having a gun will necessarily protect you. It can also provide you a false sense of safety that could cost you your life.

December 3, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
rolando said...

Using the palm of your hand to drive his nose into his brain only hurts him. !!!

soloman, that is a new one. "Only hurts him." Yeah, right. Talk about the use of deadly force... So what happens if you miss, hm-m-m? Too late to just run...

If he is close enough to hit with your hand, you are raped/molested. With a gun, he will never get that close. If he thinks you are armed he will leave you alone...and go find someone who isn't that depends on those minutes-away police to protect themselves.

And yes, self-defense these days usually involves a gun...it takes little practice and works every time. It usually isn't necessary to shoot it, either...just drawing it stops most threats.

December 3, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.
rolando said...

As a UTC student, and someone who supports the 2nd amendment right, I feel strongly against guns on campus.

Then you really don't support the 2nd Amendment, do you? The courts have already determined owning a gun is an individual right, not a collective right. The rest of the Amendment, "bearing" a gun, remains unconsidered, as does the phrase, shall not be infringed.

December 3, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
rolando said...

Even police with years of training and experience have had their own guns taken from them and used against them by criminals.

Police are saddled with a different set of rules, Lr103. "ThinBlue's" advice above is excellent. He knows whereof he speaks.

I have stopped possible attacks merely by unbuttoning my coat and easing access to my weapon. They see the gun and the rest of the crap on my belt and stop. They know I am serious.

As for ...who in their right mind would venture into a parking garage after dark alone? Or even in broad daylight for that matter?, I guess you can stay huddled behind locked and barred doors and windows for the rest of your life and turn the world over to the scum...I choose not to do that.

December 3, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
Jemmy said...

Rolando, Conservative activist judges on the Supreme Court decreed that the Founders' 2nd amendment had nothing whatsoever to do with a "well regulated militia." Damn that inconvenient language in the US Constitution! So much for the constitutional originalism that the Right usually embraces.

Even so, the 5-4 activist majority decided that the individual right to gun ownership did not pertain to bringing guns to schools (like UTC) or in government buildings, etc.

Our Founding Fathers, who were above all men of the Age of Reason, would be rolling in their graves to learn that some 21st-century Americans, like you, were making a religious fetish of guns. How unreasonable.

It is contrary to the open and free educational mission of universities that they should become armed and militarized. Who knows how many professors might be shot by right-wing extremists who think the planet is only 6,000 years old.

December 3, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
Lr103 said...

@@If he is close enough to hit with your hand, you are raped/molested. With a gun, he will never get that close. If he thinks you are armed he will leave you alone...

That may work only if the criminal isn't armed to begin with. Most criminals set on committing a crime are both armed and have the element of surprise on their side. Criminals fear people in numbers more so than they fear guns or someone with a black belt. Not that it may always be possible, but trying to always be with someone, more than just one someone, is the greatest deterrent to becoming a victim of a crime.

December 3, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
skyboxer said...

It's easy for anti-gun folks to say women shouldn't carry guns when they're not the ones not being raped, beaten, abducted, murdered etc.

If you're a woman reading this I encourage you to find a weapon you are comfortable using (like a "Lady" Smith & Wesson .38), obtain your concealed carry permit and keep your weapon on you at all times and readily accessible. And if you find yourself squaring off with some P.O.S. in a parking lot garage intent on assaulting you ... defend yourself. You have a RIGHT to do that. Exercise that right.

December 4, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
Lr103 said...

I'm not anti-gun, just pro-common sense. I've been a gun owner since childhood. I inherited my grandfather's antique gun collection as well.

The point is, we were always taught early on is to never over estimate the ability of a weapon. That even if we have a weapon, such as a gun, at our disposal and we see an opporunity to run, then RUN. This is taught in the martial arts by martial arts experts too. That is, your first consideration should always be to attempt to remove yourself from the situation if at all possible. If that means running like hell! Then by all means run!. If you're able to move in groups, then move in a group. To hell with trying to be the macho type! Too many gun owners are killed by criminals with their own guns.

December 4, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
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December 7, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.
chiyote said...

What guns on campus do. Students should feel safe. As a student, nothing makes me feel safer than a campus filled with guns. [eye roll]

December 8, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.
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