RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
Shawnee State University sent a warning to students and staff Thursday night after a student was reportedly assaulted and robbed at a university parking lot.
According to Elizabeth Blevins, director of communications at Shawnee State University, an emergency signal was activated in parking lot B-3, on the corner of Third and Gay streets in Portsmouth, at 9:13 p.m. Thursday. The university’s Department of Public Safety responded and found an unidentified male student who told them he had been assaulted and robbed by three men in the parking lot.
“He was able to give a description of two of them. He said one was tall, between 6-4 and 6-5, and that the other one was stocky, about 5-8,” Blevins said, adding to the description that all three were black male suspects.
No weapons were reported, she said, and the attackers robbed the student of cash. An ambulance was called and the victim was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, where he was treated and released. Neither the nature of his injuries nor his current condition was known on Friday.
Upon taking the report, the university sent out a notification to all students and staff alerting them of the incident.
“There are certain crimes that we’re required to report under the Clery Act, and this is one of them. Assault is one. They require a warning to go out to other students. Just a safety alert to let them know that something has happened on or near campus,” Blevins said.
She said the matter remains under investigation by the University Department of Public Safety, with coordination by Portsmouth Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the university Public Safety at 740-351-3243.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or email@example.com.