EUGENE, Ore -- According to University of Oregon Police, two serious crimes occurred involving UO students recently in neighborhoods close to campus. UOPD found out about the incidents on Monday, March 19.
Police say a student was abducted and sexually assaulted on Saturday night, March 17. The survivor said he was near 19th Ave. and Agate St. when someone grabbed him from behind, dragged him into a car, and then drove to an unknown location. Police say the suspect sexually assaulted him and ran off.
KEZI spoke with one woman who lives near 19th Ave. and Agate St. She said the neighborhood is usually friendly and safe. But said after the recent crimes that may not be the case anymore.
"Nobody's safe, nobody gets to walk around and feel like it's fine and this is Eugene,” Angela Jackson said.
In the second incident, police say a UO student reported that three men tried to rob her on Thursday, March 15. Just after 12pm, she says she was walking down 15th Ave. between Alder and Kincaid Streets when three men she did not know approached her. Police say one man grabbed her and pushed her against a car while the other two men pulled out knives and tried to cut the strap of her backpack.
She said the men did not threaten her with the knives. She was able to get out her cell phone and told the men she had called the police. They ran away in separate directions.
KEZI spoke with one UO student who lives at Alpha Chi Omega, which is on the same block of where the crime happened. She said her and her friends are sick of the recent crime spree.
"Every day it's like something new just pops up and it's almost becoming normal, to just hear about these incidents which is not something a college campus should have to deal with.” Gracie Goodenough said. “So my friends and I are definitely freaked out and just trying to find rides to go home and to get to class."
Police are currently investigating these latest crimes. Officials say anyone with information about either of these two incidents should contact UOPD.