MSU Police timely warning

An email was recently sent out to the MSU community regarding a sexual assault timely warning. The MSU Police and the Bozeman Police Department are encouraging all to be aware and take appropriate precautions.

A report of sexual assault was announced to the Bozeman Police Department last weekend. The event took place near South Church Avenue and East Story Street on Saturday, Feb. 24 at approximately 1:30 a.m. While walking along Church Avenue, a female expressed that an unfamiliar male suspect restrained her in a physical manner. She described the male as having red or brown hair and probably a beard. He stands about five feet, nine inches tall and is Caucasian. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The victim was able to escape from the suspect, and he was last seen in the northeast end of the Peets Hill parking lot running away. This area was then promptly searched by Bozeman Police officers. This seems to be a lone occurrence, and no one else was affected or injured during this assault.

The Bozeman Police Department and the MSU Police are stressing the importance of travelling and walking in groups. It is wise to avoid distractions while walking, such as wearing headphones or talking on the phone. Remember to report any and all suspicious activity to 911.

Investigations are being conducted by the Detective Division of the Bozeman Police Department. Those who may have information concerning this matter may stay anonymous and are potentially entitled to a reward. Individuals are advised to call Detective Sergeant Joseph Swanson at 406-582-2951, Crimestoppers at 406-586-1131 or email