Student reports rape; investigation continues

Student reports rape; investigation continues by M. Jill Sundstrom A 19-year-old University of South Dakota student reported Sept. 24 that she had been raped as she walked to her home in a residence hall on campus.

The alleged rape occurred between 1:45 and 2 a.m. near the intersection of Madison and Plum Streets, according to the report released by the Vermillion Police Department. The report was received at 2:30 p.m.

�She stated that she had parked her car about a block from campus and was walking back to her dorm when she was grabbed by at least two persons, one of whom raped her while the other held her down,� said Police Chief Bruce Plate. �She received an injury to her forehead and was treated at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.�

The victim was also examined for the possibility of rape and medical information has been sent to the state crime lab in Pierre.

�We�re waiting for the results of those tests as we continue our investigation,� said Detective Ray Hofman.

Detectives worked with the victim to develop a composite sketch of the suspect who allegedly committed the rape. Identified only as �Suspect #1,� he is described as a white male, 5� 8� to 5� 10� tall, 220 pounds with a muscular build. He is estimated to be about 20- to 23-years-old.

Another composite sketch is expected to be drawn for �Suspect #2,� the man who allegedly held the victim down. He is described as a white, light-skinned male, over 5� 10� tall, with light blond hair and a thin build.

�The suspect reported that they both smelled of alcohol,� Hofman said.

He added that the woman had been at a friend�s house and was returning to her own residence on campus when the alleged attack occurred.

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