Police search for man accused of groping jogger on UT campus

Police search for man accused of groping jogger on UT campus

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If you find yourself in this situation or see something suspicious you are urged to call the authorities either using your cell phone or from one of the more than 100 emergency blue light phones around campus. If you find yourself in this situation or see something suspicious you are urged to call the authorities either using your cell phone or from one of the more than 100 emergency blue light phones around campus.
"The big thing we want to stress is take precautions in everything you do." said Officer Kelly Mihalik, with the UT Police Department. "The big thing we want to stress is take precautions in everything you do." said Officer Kelly Mihalik, with the UT Police Department.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee police are asking students to be on alert after a woman was fondled near campus.

A woman jogging Tuesday along the Third Creek Greenway near UT's Ag Campus says a man grabbed her breast and then fled toward the Trial Gardens.

The woman reports she saw the man again 30 minutes later near the Doughterty Engineering Building.

UT officials are asking students to remember to make their safety a top priority.

"We're coming back from summer vacation and many people are new to campus," said Officer Kelly Mihalik, with the UT Police Department. "The big thing we want to stress is take precautions in everything you do."

UT police suggest students should avoid walking alone at night and taking shortcuts. They also say they should be extra alert when they are in an unfamiliar area.

"If you're taking a new path beware of potential hiding spots. Take the best lit route you can and be aware of your surroundings," said Mihalik.

Should you be confronted, officials say, the best bet is to yell and make as much noise as possible.

"We want students, if they feel threatened, to do whatever they feel like they need to in that situation, whether that is to fight back or if it's somebody looking for property to give up the property," said Mihalik. "The most important thing is for them to stay safe."

If you find yourself in this situation or see something suspicious you are urged to call the authorities either using your cell phone or from one of the more than 100 emergency blue light phones around campus.

UT police send out safety notices and alerts to all faculty and student emails. If you would also like to receive a text alert you can sign up online through the school's website.

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