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The University of Montana released a warning early Friday morning, Oct. 25, of an assault reported between the Washington-Grizzly Stadium and the Campus Rec Center.

According to the warning, three friends were at the stairway between the two buildings at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night when an unknown man tackled one of them, placed his hand over the victim's mouth and dragged him into a doorway. The victim struck back at the suspect and escaped.

“The victim escaped without any injuries, but was clearly assaulted,” said UMPD Lt. Brad Giffin.

Giffin said the victim was not a UM student, but the three were visiting a student on campus. He also said a motive for the assault has not been determined.

The announcement described the suspect as a “white male, 5’10”, medium build wearing all black to include a black mask and gloves.”

UMPD, currently investigating the assault, received the report a few minutes after midnight Friday morning. Anyone with information that can aid in the investigation can reach UMPD at 243-4000 or 243-6131.

Friday’s announcement marks the second time in the fall semester that UM has issued a federally mandated alert for a crime on campus property. On Oct. 10, campus police received a report of a man exposing himself on the fields between Madison Street Bridge and the Van Buren footbridge.

This story will be updated throughout the day.


GrizWalk is a free service provided by the UM Police Department's GrizWalk Security Team for all students. Student teams provide safe walking or driving escorts anytime between dusk and dawn. 
Call (406) 243-2777 or use the UMontana app to request GrizWalk. 
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