Warning: this article mentions and includes details of sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – A man was arrested for attempting to rape an IU student on campus after bystanders intervened and called police, according to a release from the Indiana University Police Department.
IUPD says that around 5:30 p.m. Friday officers were called to Dunn Woods, which is south of Franklin Hall, for an attempted sexual assault in progress. According to the release, bystanders nearby during the time of the reported assault intervened and called police.
Officers reportedly located the suspect, Brian Jones, a short time later at the intersection of Fourth and Lincoln Streets. IUPD says that Jones is not affiliated with the university.
Jones was jailed in the Monroe County Jail on the following charges:
- Attempted rape, a level 3 felony
- Sexual battery, a level 6 felony
- Battery with injury, a Class A misdemeanor
- Confinement, a Class A misdemeanor
- Criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor
IUPD says that the victim was given aid and support following the reported sexual assault.
“The IU Police Department commends the quick action of the bystanders that stepped in when they saw a harmful situation and for swiftly contacting law enforcement,” IUPD said in the release. “IU is dedicated to preventing and responding to all forms of sexual violence.”
For more information on sexual violence prevention and resources, see http://stopsexualviolence.iu.edu
Additional safety tips can be found at: https://protect.iu.edu/police-safety/safety-prevention/index.html