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Two Gustavus Adolphus Students Attacked

Gustavus Adolphus College

First Posted: 03/08/11 05:10 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Members of the Gustavus Adolphus College community have been shaken by two attempted sexual assaults that occurred on campus in the span of as many days, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune.

The first attempt took place at around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday, and the second at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Although both victims were alone when attacked, Police Chief Matt Peters says they were in well-lit and often-used areas. The suspect, who was not known to the students and who police believe attempted to sexually assault both women, fled when the students fought him off. The victims have sustained minor injuries but did not need medical attention.

On Monday evening, a campus briefing drew at least 1,200 concerned students and faculty. According to the Gustavian Weekly, the meeting lasted more than an hour and a half and addressed questions on campus security and the ongoing investigation.

Peters told Kare 11 that incidents like this almost never happen in Saint Peter. "[Such attacks] are very rare, not only on campus but in our community. I can't think of the last one we had in our community," he said.

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