I know quite a few people in Bozeman who refuse to lock their homes because they believe they can trust their fellow Bozemanites. Every once in a while though, this trust we have for our fellow neighbors gets rattled. Just this morning I got news that has rattled my trust nearly beyond reckoning. A female MSU student was sexually assaulted outside her home last night and authorities are looking to the community for any information on the suspect.

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On March 22, 2012, at approximately 11:45 p.m. a female subject reported having been sexually assaulted by an unknown male in the area of West Garfield Street and South 3rd Avenue in Bozeman. The female reported that an unidentified male caught up with her on foot as she walked toward her residence, physically pulled her to the ground, and assaulted her before fleeing the area on foot. Officers from the Bozeman Police Department and MSU Police responded immediately to the area but attempts to locate the suspect at the time were unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, with curly dark blond to light brown hair, 5’10, 200 pounds, last wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with unidentified writing on the front, and dark blue MSU sweat pants. He is further described as wearing glasses and as having no facial hair.

Bozeman Police Detectives continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 582-2000 or CrimeStoppers at 586-1131, or email policetips@bozeman.net.

The Bozeman Police Department stresses the need to always be aware of your surroundings and to take personal safety measures. Use caution when walking alone at all times, stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups. You are encouraged to report suspicious activity to 911.

[Previous report]

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday Mar 22, 2012, a female student was the victim of a Sexual Intercourse Without Consent in the area of S 3rd and Garfield.The suspect was described as young looking (18-20) white male with shaggy/curly brown hair, glasses, and wearing a dark hoodie and MSU sweat pants. Suspect was last seen in the area of 3rd and Grand.Use caution when walking alone at all times, stay in well-lit areas & travel in groups. Report any suspicious activity or any information about his crime to Bozeman Police at 582-2000 or MSU Police at 994-2121. Anyone wishing to report information anonymously, can email the information to silentwitness@montana.edu.