The Lehigh University Police Department received a report of a Lehigh student being physically restrained and forced to touch a male suspect. A HawkWatch Alert was sent out on Oct. 18 to the Lehigh community informing them of the incident which occurred on Sept. 13. (Gabrielle Falk/B&W Staff)

Lehigh Police reports sexual assault of student that took place Sep. 13


A Lehigh student was walking home off campus on Sept. 13 when a male suspect physically restrained the victim and forced them to touch him, threatening to kill them if they said anything about the incident, said a HawkWatch Alert sent out on Oct. 18.

The student was walking home between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. They took cover under a structure at a construction site about half a mile from campus in the area of Brighton Street and Route 378.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10-inch male with a heavy build and a beard, wearing a flannel shirt at the time of the incident. He has not been identified or located, the alert said. 

The Lehigh University Police Department was made aware of the report on Oct. 18 at 2:46 p.m. The Bethlehem Police Department is leading the investigation into this incident, because the incident occurred off campus, the alert said. LUPD will be assisting with the investigation. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact LUPD at (610) 758-4200 or Bethlehem Police at (610) 865-7500.

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  1. Enough Already on

    This story is written in an asinine manner using silly “woke” personal pronoun words that make no common sense.

    Thus this: “. . . when a male suspect physically restrained the victim and forced THEM to touch him. . . ” is just plain silly. Them is a plural word.

    A far better way to write this would be:

    “. . . when a male suspect physically restrained the victim and forced THE PERSON to touch him. . . ”

    That way the anonymity of the the person’s sex is preserved, but makes grammatical sense.

    The author of this story needs to retake English 1.

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