*SUSPECT IN CUSTODY*
At approximately 6:55 AM today, the UCAPD received a report from a female resident student about an intrusion into her room in Baridon Hall. The victim reported that at around 4:30 AM she was awakened when she felt someone touch her. The person then ran out of her bedroom and out of the suite. She also reported that at around 5:00 AM she woke up to find an unknown male subject in her bedroom looking through her belongings. Reportedly, when the suspect noticed the victim was awake he again fled the room and the victim got up and locked the suite door and her bedroom door.
UCAPD investigators identified a person of interest in the case who was detained for questioning around 10:00 AM. During the interview the suspect, student Edward Garner, also a resident of Baridon Hall, admitted he had entered the victim’s room for the purpose of touching the victim and was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center. Garner also admitted to a similar incident that was reported in late November. Garner is being charged with burglary and second degree sexual assault.
The UCAPD would like to take this opportunity to remind UCA residents about the importance of basic measure to ensure your safety in our campus residential facilities. All students must take an active role in the security of residence halls and campus apartments. This is your home - treat it as it is your home. Don't let people do things in the residence halls that you wouldn't want them to do at your home.
Campus residence safety tips:
The holiday season is upon us and the UCA Police Department has released a list of safety tips to keep in mind as you go about your activities. We extend our warmest holiday greetings and best wishes for a safe and happy season to all UCA students, staff, and faculty.
Clery Act Disclosures
The UCA Police Department annually distributes a document entitled Clery Annual Security & Fire Safety Report. This document serves as the annual security and fire safety report for the University of Central Arkansas in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. View a copy of the Clery document. [UPDATED 9/30/2013]
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