MU student identifies two suspects in sex offense in Laws residence hall

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 7:38 p.m. CST; updated 7:49 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — After reading the university's campus-wide Clery release, an MU student identified two students suspected of being involved in a sex offense at a campus residence hall on Sunday morning, MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said.

The two men are not currently in police custody, and the best course of action is still being decided, Weimer said.

Originally classified as a burglary, the case was reclassified as a sex offense after further investigation, Weimer said. He would not release further details Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was getting ready for bed in Laws residence hall around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning when an unknown man entered her room through an unlocked door and physically assaulted her, according to the news release. When the victim reached for her cell phone to call the police, she noticed a second man in the room. She said she was calling the police and the men fled her room.

MU police will work with the victim and university officials to move forward with the investigation, according to the release.

Weimer said he is grateful for the student's help in identifying the suspects. 

"Thank you to those who called in," Weimer said. "If you have any more information, give us a call." 

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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