Sexual assault reported Friday near Hearnes Center

Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 3:13 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A sexual assault was reported Friday afternoon at a parking lot near MU's Hearnes Center.

Around 3:50 p.m., a man approached the victim from behind and grabbed her buttocks and crotch area outside her clothing, according to a news release from MU police. 

She was able to get into her car and leave the area.

The victim reported the assault to police at 4:27 p.m. and described the suspect as a white male with brown hair, of average build and between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-6. He was wearing a peach- or salmon-colored polo shirt, blue jeans and a dark gray ball cap.

MU police have issued a composite of the suspect, who was last seen at parking lot SG-4.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call MU Police Detective Sam Easley at 884-3721 or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. Individuals with information may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest.

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