BOULDER, Colo. -- Students are barely back to class at the University of Colorado and already there is a warning about predatory men.
The Boulder Police Department and the University of Colorado Police Department are investigating two unrelated, sexually motivated crimes on and very near campus over the weekend.
“A lot of things like this happen on college campuses and you just gotta be ready for that and expect it. Be prepared,” said a CU freshman who didn’t want to give her name.
At 7:50 a.m. Sunday, a student walking through the pedestrian underpass at Broadway and College Avenue headed straight into trouble when a man grabbed her buttocks and thighs.
She fought him off and he ran away.
“It’s so close to campus. I don’t usually worry. I don’t think that should be a place I should worry about when walking,” CU freshman Marlee Lederer said.
But some students said crimes like this can happen anywhere and you have to use good judgment.
“It’s a bridge and you see one person under it. It’s like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t walk alone under that bridge. There are alternate routes,” freshman Morgan Wahlin said.
The suspect has medium-length, curly, dark hair and a very tan complexion. He is about 5-foot-10 and 30 to 40 years old with a heavy set, especially in his face.
On Saturday, Boulder police said a man tried to sexually assault a woman across the street from campus in the 2600 block of Colorado Avenue.
A woman reported she woke up on the couch about 4 a.m. to a man trying to have sex with her.
Police released a sketch and described the man as 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a stocky build. He might have been wearing glasses. He also might may have driven off in a gold or silver SUV.
“It’s really sad to think that the reality of what’s going on around campus,” recent CU graduate Kyleigh Holloway said.
She lives near the attempted sexual assault and said she still feels safe.
“I try not to be paranoid. Most people aren’t too terrible,” she said.
Police don’t think these cases are related. Anyone with information is asked to call police.