CU Boulder student intervenes, stops sexual assault on campus

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A student stopped a sexual assault on the CU Boulder campus and because of his actions, the victim was safe.

“I could hear her yelling and knew it wasn’t right,” said student Max Demby. Demby ran into a man sexually assaulting a fellow student outside the Engineering Center at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

“He had her pinned up against a wall ... she was resisting him, but he was much bigger than her,” said Demby.

Demby didn’t think twice. “I immediately ran towards them, tried to shout, split them up and the guy took off,” he said.

He walked the victim home.

“She was incredibly emotional. She was very torn up about what happened,” said Demby.

The victim called the police and described her attacker as a transient.

“They began a search of the area for the suspect,” said Deputy Chief Ken Koch with CU Boulder Police.

During the search, another woman told police a man tried to touch her inappropriately just minutes earlier, but she got away.

“That victim’s description matched the description of our initial victim’s,” said Koch.

Shortly after, police arrested 27-year-old Andrew Souser and said they had talked to him in the past.

“He stood out because he wasn’t a typical a student appearance, so our officers made contact with him wondering why he was on campus,” said Koch.

Souser remains in the Boulder County Jail, facing several charges including sexual assault.

Police said it could have been much worse, if it wasn’t for Demby.

“Max is a hero,” said Koch. “I don’t know whether or not I’m a hero but I’m glad I was able to be in the right place at the right time and do the right thing,” said Demby.

Police were not releasing a picture of Souser because they believe he could be connected to other sexual assaults in the last four months in the area.

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