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The University of Iowa Police Department has recently received a number of reports about bike thefts on campus.
Though our department is investigating these reports and tracking this issue closely, we thought it might be a good time to remind students, faculty, and staff about a few ways they can be part of the solution by locking their bicycles and taking other preventative measures.
To improve the safety of our students and after an examination of our ridership statistics, the boundary of NITE RIDE will change so the southern boundary of the service will be Benton St. and Kirkwood Ave. running west to east. This is to reduce long wait times for our students due to buses traveling to far away, off campus locations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The University of Iowa Police Department has made an arrest in connection with an attempted sexual assault reported behind Mayflower Residence Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23, which later led the department to issue a Hawk Alert.
UI Police arrested Fitsum Russell, 28, of Cedar Rapids on Monday, Sept. 25. He is charged with assault with intent to commit sex abuse, a Class D felony.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, University of Iowa Police received a call at 4:31 a.m. about a possible assault behind Mayflower Hall.
When UI Police arrived at 4:36 a.m., the suspect was still on scene, but fled. Police pursued him on foot, checked the area, and called in a K9 to assist with the search but were unable to locate the suspect.
After gathering information about the incident, a Hawk Alert was issued at approximately 5:54 a.m., which included a description of the suspect.