Woman Assaulted in Killian CourtBy Michael A. Saginaw
A female MIT student was assaulted at 8 p.m. Sunday on Memorial Drive near Killian Court, according to a recent Campus Police special bulletin.
Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin refused to release the name of the alleged victim.
Her assailant allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her, and pulled her into Killian Court. "A struggle ensued, and the victim struck her attacker and escaped unharmed," the bulletin read.
The victim was taken to the MIT Medical Department. She was not hurt, but she was shaken up, Glavin said.
The victim described her assailant as a 6' to 6'1" tall white male, between 25 to 30 years old. According to the police bulletin he is dark blonde with a "slender build with square shoulders." He was last seen wearing a lamb's wool-lined dark green jacket, a light-colored tee shirt, baggy jeans, and loafers.
"I had basically assumed that I was free to walk around campus any hour of the night. Now I am a lot more cautious," said Thomas M. Trimbur '95.
"There probably should be more security around the perimeter of campus. This is the fourth or fifth incident this year. I think crime is getting a little out of hand," said Jason D. Hinterstein '96.
According to the Campus Police Crime Prevention Unit, there have been 40 serious crimes this year. A serious crime is defined as one in which a person is physically victimized.
"We're certainly seeing an increase in crime on the perimeter of campus," Glavin said.
In response to this increase, Glavin said MIT is making plans to increase lighting. Most of the new lights will be installed on the campus side of Memorial Drive, running from the Sloan Building (E52) to W91, the former Aerophysics Laboratory, located west of Tang Hall, Glavin said.
MIT is meeting with the Metropolitan District Commission to discuss whether the Institute can use an abandoned conduit on Memorial Drive near campus to house electric wires and cables necessary for installation of new lights. Installation of new lights would be "cheaper and easier" if the Institute could use the conduit, Glavin said.
In addition, MIT will install seven new blue emergency phones on campus, Glavin said.
Campus Police are encouraging students to use the Safe Ride service when traveling at night.