Women on alert after rape near LSU campus

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 6:47pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Baton Rouge Police are still looking for a man suspected of raping a woman near the LSU campus, and they're asking for your help to find him.

Tuesday morning, a woman was attacked and raped outside of her home on Stanford Avenue. Police say the man who did it went up to her around 3 AM and asked to use her phone. When she said no, he pulled out a knife, forced himself into her house, and raped her.

Now, women living in the area say they're staying on the alert.

Anna Stevens says she feels safe in her home near the LSU campus. "I think a lot of times that no one can touch me, that I'm protected."

That's why she was surprised to learn of the rape that had happened nearby.

"I find it extremely safe, so that is very shocking to find out that someone got raped out here. That is awful," she says.

LSU students say, news like this, is uncommon for the area.

"It's definitely not the norm," says LSU sophomore Ashley Seeman. "It's alarming because you're supposed to feel safe on campus. You're supposed to be able to walk around."

Now, they want to make sure they don't' fall prey to anyone who wants to hurt them.

"It is scary to think about that and I would never want to be in that situation," Seeman says.

There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Police say you shouldn't walk alone late at night. If you're going to be out late, set up a buddy system and walk with friends. They also suggest that you lock all doors and windows, and stay on the lookout for suspicious activity. Don't be caught off guard.

Police are looking for a Hispanic man in his early 20's. They say he doesn't speak English very well. Investigators are taking this case very seriously. If you have information on this case, or if you'd like to report suspicious activity, call CrimeStoppers at 344-STOP.
 

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