CU investigating reported sex assault that may have occurred in public

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado's police force is investigating a pair of sexual assault reports that were reported this week, and making an effort to find out if the two reports are related.

School is not in session, but it will be starting soon.

Both reports came from third parties and described an assault that may have happened on the same day. Because of the lacking details of each report, police are trying to determine if both parties were describing the same assault.

The first report came in on Tuesday from a male third-party, who reported that his female friend had been sexually assaulted on August 1. The man reported that the sexual assault may have taken place in public on the university's Norlin Quad.

The reporting party said the victim came to his work told him about the assault, though the reporting party did not provide the victim's name or contact information to police. He also didn't provide a time of the attack nor a description of the suspect.

The man's report came a day after CU Police sent out a warning on Monday regarding a report from a different third-party, a female who told police that her friend had also been assaulted -- perhaps on August 1. The reporting party told police she believed her friend had been assaulted sometime between 11 p.m. on August 1 and 2 a.m. on August 2.

Like the man's report, the woman's report was slim on additional details, with the reporting party not divulging any information a possible suspect, the name of the victim nor a location of the attack.

"These reports may relate to the same incident," CU Police wrote in a press release. "However, we cannot confirm at this time that is the case."

While investigators are trying to piece together clues in the reports, they have warned students on campus about them. They want everyone to be aware of their surroundings, especially female students walking around campus at night.

The CU Police Department is urging anyone who may have more details about these reported sexual assaults -- or any others -- to contact them immediately at 303-492-6666.