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Salisbury University Students Concerned After Recent Assaults

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University students are concerned after three recent assaults near campus. Police have made arrests, but some feel there is still cause for concern.

The first incident eleven days ago happened near the student neighborhood known as "The Zoo." A large group of people stopped the student's car, pulled him out of the car and assaulted him, according to police.
Police said Tuesday they are pouring over several hours of surveillance video and are confident they will have someone in custody soon. 
The other two assaults were early last Sunday morning in an area along Bateman Street, just across Highway13 from the university in an area
busy with students walking to and from school.  

Both victims were punched by their attackers, one of whom was knocked to the ground and had to be taken to the hospital, according to police.
Police arrested Kiante Cannon on charges related to the first assault. Dontrae Robinson was arrested in connection to the second incident.
Students say they are well aware and taking precautions. 


 "Yeah, I am sure it could happen again so you know talk to my friends, walk around in groups of people and you know stay safe. don't walk alone, be safe out there," said Owen Bolyard, SU freshman


The university sent out an email yesterday announcing the assaults and offering tips for students to prevent being a victim. One student feels the response was a little slow.


"I am glad they sent us the email, but I feel like there should be something done immediately about this cause this can't be like a re-occurring problem," said Brennen White, SU student.

Another student felt the university has acted appropriately.

"I think that they handled it pretty well," said Sieana Harrison, SU freshman. I got some, a few emails from the campus police saying, you know, tips on what to do, to call the police. they gave the number and of course, 911. so, I think that they are handling it pretty well as far as I'm concerned."

The university's Student Affairs department issued a statement Tuesday, saying they are communicating with various organizations on campus about safety procedures and resources for students. Here is that statement:

"Salisbury University is concerned about the assaults that happened on or near campus over the past two weekends.  The University has communicated with students about safety precautions, and has had conversations with the Student Government Association, Residence Life and other offices closely associated with student life about the issue, encouraging them to offer support. These offices also have been provided with advice on how to refer students to resources such as University Police, Counseling Services and Student Health Services.  SU Police are continuing to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to address the situation.

SU also offers a variety of safety measures for students, including the late-night safe ride bus service (for areas within three miles of campus).  Salisbury University Police offers a free escort service for students and provides RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense) courses.  In addition, during orientation, all students are required to attend the session “Life on Campus: Community Expectations,” which stresses campus and community safety. Bystander Intervention Training also is offered.  Students are encouraged to use these resources."

Salisbury Police have stepped up patrols and are looking at that surveillance video for possibly additional charges and arrests, according to Capt. Rick Kaiser, Salisbury Police.
 

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