The ongoing investigation into a reported sexual assault that occurred on Route 322 last week has turned over some new information that may put a face on one suspect.
The Glassboro Police Department released a composite sketch of one assailant involved with the incident. The Rowan graduate student who said she was assaulted near the Hidden Creek development in Glassboro, about a half mile away from campus, remembered some key details that resulted in a sketch.
The student provided police with more specifics regarding the younger male suspect, but not of the older suspect, according to the press release. The younger male was described to “have had some kind of scar or piercing through his left eyebrow” and “approximately 5’7″ to 5’10” in height,” according to police.
She also noted that he is of medium build and “he may smoke cigarettes or marijuana based on the odor of his clothes.” Previously reported, the suspect is a white male in his 20s and acted with another white male approximately in his 40s while both had some type of face covering.
Glassboro Police Department Investigator Julie Howery asks anyone who traveled along Route 322 near the Hidden Creek development to provide any information regarding the March 24 sexual assault at 856-881-1501.
Police additionally noted that the victim’s vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the road approximately around 9 p.m. when the incident took place.
Public Safety reacts to reported assault
The incident originally prompted an OWL Alert via email on March 25, which has encouraged additional resources to the Rowan community. The Department of Public Safety, the Office of Emergency Management and Rowan Police issued multiple notices via email, publicizing information that may be helpful to the public.
One item that was promoted included the “In Case of Crisis” mobile app that debuted in early February. The free app is an informational resource that allows smartphone users access to important items in the palms of their hands. Some of the key features include the ability to find emergency numbers and instruction guides during a time of crisis.
“We wanted to reach out to all departments,” said Director of Emergency Management Peter Amico. “The Wellness Center and counseling services jumped into the program.”
Users have the ability to seek psychological health services information on campus through the app.
Senior chemistry major David DiGuiseppi says that the app is a lot faster than searching through the Rowan homepage.
“I honestly didn’t think I would need the app,” DiGuiseppi said. “But after I got it just to check it out, I was surprised how much easier and quicker it was to find these [emergency] numbers than the Rowan website.”
Rowan Public Safety opened up multiple courses of the Rape Aggression Defense System in lieu of the March 24 sexual assault incident. It was advertised via email as a program that is “free to all female students and staff” that provides women with “the basics of hands-on defense training.”
The program has been offered for several years and is hosting the last three-hour of four session, Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Rowan Boulevard Public Safety Substation. According to email, the participants will learn how to “take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being” while receiving a R.A.D. certificate if they have attended the courses for a total of 12 hours.
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