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Three ND students assaulted

Kate Antonacci | Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Police are investigating two separate incidents of alleged assault – one on campus, one off campus – reported by Notre Dame students this weekend, officials said Monday.

South Bend police are searching for three or four black high-school age males who allegedly assaulted and robbed two Notre Dame male students early Sunday morning, officials said.

The students told police they were walking on the 1100 block of South Bend Avenue “from the area of Notre Dame Avenue to a tavern on Edison Road” when they were approached by the suspects “who struck the men in the face, kicked them and demanded money,” according to a Notre Dame Security/Police (NDSP) crime alert obtained by The Observer Monday.

Though the students were not seriously injured, the suspects made off with money and a cell phone.

“The off-campus case is being investigated by [South Bend Police] and any questions about that case should be directed to SBPD,” said Associate Director of NDSP Phil Johnson.

The men were safely transported back to their off-campus residence by SBPD.

Notre Dame police are also searching for a white male who allegedly assaulted a female Notre Dame student on the west side of the Morris Inn Saturday, officials said.

The woman was sitting at a table outside of the Inn at about 8:15 p.m. when “the suspect approached her and without speaking, touched her breast,” the crime alert said.

Though NDSP responded and searched nearby areas, they were unable to locate the suspect, who allegedly fled south toward the Hammes Bookstore.

The man is described by the crime alert as “white, possibly 30 to 35 years old, with blond curly shoulder length hair” wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white bandanna on his head.