BOULDER, Colo. -- Students are barely back to class at CU Boulder and already a warning about predatory men.
CU and Boulder Police are both investigating two unrelated, sexually-motivated crimes on and very near campus this weekend.
“A lot of things like this happen on college campuses and you just gotta be ready for that and expect it. Be prepared,” says a CU freshman who didn’t want to give us her name.
Sunday at 7:50 a.m., a student walking through the pedestrian underpass at Broadway and College Avenue headed straight into trouble.
A man grabbed her butt and thighs.
She fought him off and he ran away.
“It’s so close to campus. I don’t usually worry. I don’t think that should be a place I should worry about when walking,” says CU freshman Marlee Lederer.
But some students say crimes like this can happen anywhere and you have to use good judgement.
“It’s a bridge and you see one person under it. It’s like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t walk alone under that bridge. There are alternate routes,” says freshman Morgan Wahlin.
The suspect has medium-length, curly, dark hair, a very tan complexion, about 5’10”, 30- to 40-years old, and heavy set, especially in his face.
On Saturday, Boulder Police say a man tried to sexually assault a woman across the street from campus on the north side in the 2600 block of Colorado Avenue.
A woman reports waking up on the couch about 4 a.m. to a man trying to have sex with her.
Police released a sketch. He is black, 25-to-30 years old, 5’8” to 5’10”, with a stocky build.
He may have been wearing glasses.
He also may have driven off in a gold or silver SUV.
“It’s really sad to think that the reality of what’s going on around campus,” says recent CU graduate Kyleigh Holloway.
She lives near the attempted sexual assault and says she still feels safe.
“I try not to be paranoid. Most people aren’t too terrible,” she says.
Police don’t think these cases are related.
If you recognize either suspect, CU and Boulder Police would like to hear from you.