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Indiana State University raises security after incidents

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:53 am

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University police have increased patrols and are getting help from other agencies after a recent attack on one male student and the attempted abduction of another, Chief Bill Mercier said.

The incidents occurred in the early morning hours a week apart north of the campus, the Tribune-Star reported Tuesday.

"We have put extra patrols in that area and also requested the assistance of Indiana State Police and Terre Haute Police. They have told us they would give the area extra attention," Mercier said.

The attempted abduction occurred Aug. 30. A male student told campus police he accepted a ride from a man he did not know and when he realized the man was not taking him home, he demanded to be dropped off but the man refused to stop. A struggle ensued between the two before the student could exit the vehicle.

The student received some scratches on his arm as a result of the struggle, police said.

The assault occurred last Friday. Another male student reported he was walking when he was approached by a man who stopped and asked if he needed a ride. While talking to the man, the student was attacked from behind by another man. After a struggle, the suspect fled from the scene.

Neither student was seriously injured, Mercier said.

Campus police do not believe the two incidents are related.

Students should not accept rides from people they do not know and should be cautious if approached by someone they do not know, Mercier said.