UNM Police Lt. Bob Haarhues (l.) and Associate Vice President for Student Life Walter Miller discuss increased campus security. with the news media
UNM Police Lt. Bob Haarhues (l.) and Associate Vice President for Student Life Walter Miller discuss increased campus security with the news media.

In light of two recent attacks on female students on the University of New Mexico main campus, the UNM Police Department (UNMPD) and the Division of Student Affairs are taking a number of measures to ensure the safety and security of our campus.

UNMPD today released two composite sketches, developed by an APD artist, following an interview with the victim of the attack on Jan. 27, 2013. Suspect No. 1 is described as a black male in his early 20s, 140 to 150 lbs. with an athletic build and very dark skin. This suspect had a distinct gap between his upper front teeth with the left tooth angled away from the other.

Suspect No. 2 is described as a black male in his mid-20s to early 30s, 6 feet 3 inches tall weighing 240 to 250 lbs. with an athletic build, very dark skin and diamond studs in both ears. This attack occurred about 5 p.m. that evening near Johnson Center. The suspects were last seen in a dark blue vehicle with tinted windows.

Suspect #1
Suspect No. 1

UNMPD also asked anyone who might have been in the area of Castetter Hall Monday, Feb. 4 for any information in a second attack reported about 9:30 after evening classes. This victim told officers someone grabbed her, tried to put his hand over her mouth and fondled her on the outside of her clothing.  She screamed and got away.

This suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches – 6 foot tall with dark brown hair. He was wearing glasses and a red long-sleeved sweater. Police do not believe the incidents are related. Anyone having information about the attacks, is asked to please contact UNMPD at (505) 277-2241 or the UNMPD tip line at policetips@unm.edu.

Among other measures, UNM is increasing security and police presence throughout the campus at various locations and times to increase visibility that may help deter and detect crime. Security escorts will be offered during the day, as well as the normal evening hours. The University be posting information on the campus safety website that will provide updates about the cases and security measures recommended for students, staff, faculty and visitors to campus. UNM is also working to implement a number of "best practice" safety protocols that have been instituted on college campuses. A forum for the campus community will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium to share information and ideas.

Suspect No. 2

UNMPD also reminds campus residents and visitors to familiarize themselves with our Emergency Blue Light phone system and to sign up for LoboAlerts at http://loboalerts.unm.edu, which sends a text and/or email if there is an urgent situation.

Media Contact: Dianne Anderson (505) 277-1807; email: danderson@unm.edu