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Cornell University on High Alert After Assaults

Cornell Crime Alert

ITHACA (WENY)---The Cornell University community is on high alert this morning after three alleged sexual assaults took place Sunday morning--all within a two-hour time span.

Cornell officials have issued a campus-wide crime alert and now they want students at the Ithaca campus to take extra safety precautions.

Police say two women were sexually assaulted in two different incidents and another women says she was raped.

The first incident took place around 2 Sunday morning in the lower Hughes parking lot at the east end of South Avenue. A student reported a man grabbed her around the waist from behind and pulled at her shirt. The student then screamed, hit the subject and other students stepped in. The man fled on foot.

The second incident took place around an hour and fifteen minutes later at 3:15.

The victim says she answered a knock at her door at her College Avenue home when a man forced his way into the house. A struggle ensued and the victim says a man put his arm around her and reached under her dress. The victim says she pushed the man out of her home. The victim says she came forward after seeing the crime alert.

The third incident took place a half hour later around 3:45. A woman says she was walking near the suspension bridge on University Avenue when a man grabbed her from behind and raped her.

The victim says her attacker is a dark-skinned or hispanic-white male, around 5 foot 9 to 6 feet tall.She says he fled north across the suspension bridge.

if you have any information about any of these incidents, please call Cornell police at 607-255-1111.