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Sexual assault investigation underway at U of U

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Posted at 10:47 PM, Feb 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-13 19:49:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police at the University of Utah are warning students after a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted last month.

It reportedly happened on Jan. 22, and campus police said it was reported to them on Feb. 6.

An email alert from the school is below, and FOX 13 News' Tamara Vaifanua has more information in a live report above.

The following is a campus alert email sent out by the University of Utah Wednesday regarding an alleged criminal incident. The email was obtained by FOX 13 News and reproduced in its entirety below. An official with University of Utah police confirmed the details of the message to FOX 13 News.

"In the interest of the safety and welfare of our campus community, we want to alert you to a criminal event that was reported to campus police on February 6, so that you can be alert to and report any suspicious activity.

On January 22 about 1:30 pm, a female University of Utah student was walking to a bus stop near 200 South and University Street.  She was approached by a man driving a silver-colored sport utility vehicle.

The man called the woman by name and asked her if she wanted a ride.  She agreed, and the man drove her to a parking lot at 500 South Guardsman Way and parked. She was then sexually assaulted by the man. The victim left the scene immediately.

An active police investigation is currently underway.

The perpetrator is described as a white male, 20-plus-years-old, 6 feet tall with medium-length, sandy blonde hair. He had some kind of mark on the left side of his face. He was possibly wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. As noted, he was driving a silver-colored SUV.

If you have information that may be of assistance in solving this crime, or others of a similar nature, please contact University of Utah Campus Police immediately by calling 801 585-2677 (801-585-COPS).

We urge our students and staff to be always aware and sensitive to their surroundings, and to report any suspicious behavior on campus.  If you wish to have a security escort anywhere on campus, 24-hours a day, please call 801-585-2677.

This e-mail has been sent to you by UNIVERSITY OF UTAH as part of our alert notification system. To learn more about the system or if you do not wish to receive further notifications, please visit http://alert.utah.edu. Thank you."