MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) - Ball State University Police are investigating two on campusassaults in which case the suspect slapped two women on thebuttocks as he rode by on a bicycle Wednesday morning.
According to a public safety notice sent out to students andstaff on Wednesday the assaults took place near Worthen Arena andthe Student Health Center. The Ball State Daily News reports a third victim declined to file a police report.
“According to Assistant Chief Robert Fey, two womenwalking in the area reported being slapped on their buttocks by awhite male as he rode past them on a bicycle,” the noticeread.
24-Hour News 8 obtained a copy of the police reports which showthe victims to be an 18-year-old woman and a 33-year-old woman. The33-year-old woman is believed to be a staff member.
Each report is classified as a “simple assault” thathappened between 7:50 and 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Dean of Students, Dr. Kay Bales, said the university is takingthis very seriously.
"This is an assault. It's unwanted touching by anotherindividual. It's a crime," she said.
Ball State issued a public safety notice to students andemployees after the incidents. Reaction was mixed.
"I thought it was horrible, what happened to these girls," saidstudent Jenika Garison.
"Somebody got their butt slapped," said another student, MichaelHole. "It's kind of funny."
"It's not that big a deal," said student Adam Jermain. "I feellike it's the Boy Who Cried Wolf and I think no one is going takethe broadcast seriously."
Jermain denied his opinion was because he's a man and not awoman.
"No, I could be afraid the butt slapper is going to smack menext," Jermain said.
The university said the assaults should not be looked at as ajoke. Authorities are hoping to catch the accused attacker beforehe smacks again.
"It's never a waste of time to take seriously reports of assaultand to investigate those," said Dr. Bales.
"If this guy thinks he can get away with hitting someone therethen what next," added Garison.
If you have any information on the assaults, call the Ball StateUniversity Police at 765-285-1111.
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