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McCormick Student Assaulted in Room

By Sanjay Basu

A McCormick resident was assaulted late Monday night inside her dorm room, MIT Campus Police reported.

The student reportedly returned to her room after briefly exiting and leaving her room unlocked, and was grabbed from behind and pulled toward her closet and door upon returning. She escaped her assailant, but was unable to give a physical description of the attacker.

Two other McCormick residents reported to CPs that they observed two suspicious males in the building prior to the incident. The first male, according to the CP report, was a white, “older” man of small to medium build, well dressed, and having dark short hair. The second male, also white and older, was reported as being short and pudgy, carrying a 2-liter bottle of root beer, and appearing “weird or stoned.”

In response to the attack, Housemaster Charles Stewart “asked the campus police to increase their uniformed presence in McCormick.”

“This will mean that periodically a campus police officer may come walking through the halls and around the first floor,” said Stewart.

In an e-mail to McCormick residents, Stewart wrote that “This is not a permanent measure, but I don't know how long it will last.”

Attack follows recent crimes

The McCormick attack follows a string of burglaries in other dorms, which CPs have not correlated to the recent assault.

Six larcenies were reported from Baker, Burton-Conner, and MacGregor dormitory rooms between January 26 and February 1. Suspects in the burglaries, according to CP reports, included a “male, black, 6 feet 4 inches, with a large build, ‘huge,’ no clothing description available, but he did ask for a cigarette.”

Two other suspects were later reported, although an e-mail from a MacGregor resident revealed that both “suspects” were, in fact, visiting students from Northeastern University.

CPs have nevertheless failed to apprehend any subjects in the case.

Increased surveillance in dorms

Due to the recent increase in crime, CP’s have escalated patrols along Amherst Avenue and throughout West Campus dormitories.

But, Chief of Police Anne Glavin reported that “Educational effort is our prime concern. If more people are aware and sensitive to crime prevention, it will be easier to apprehend the suspect.”

Glavin has ordered CP’s to meet with dormitory desk workers to discuss security measures and has called for some officers to patrol common living areas.

A seminar in crime prevention was also recently held for students living in MacGregor, where the first burglary was reported.