BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Sunset on West Lakeshore Drive on the LSU campus is a popular time and place, a peaceful spot on a busy route. However, last week a woman says this was a place of terror.
"The subject was in the area, was reportedly approached by a group of males and one of the males grabbed her and that's where the sexual assault occurred while the other subjects stood in the area," said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde.
The reported rape happened just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. LSU Police were alerted a few days later, but were unable to interview the victim until October 14. Police say it is common for sexual assaults to go unreported because victims are afraid or ashamed to come forward. Lalonde says it's important for anyone who see something suspicious to report it to police, especially in cases of assault.
Lalonde says in most sexual assault cases the victim knows the attacker, but there is no indication that the victim in this case knew the suspects. Police believe it was an isolated event.
Police are not releasing any details about the victim and limited information about the suspects due to their ongoing investigation.
Several girls walking along West Lakeshore Drive said that after so many reports of attacks over the years, the lakes aren't a safe place to be alone despite the route's popularity. Meanwhile, police are hoping that popularity will help them in the investigation.
"We are asking that if anybody saw anything suspicious or anything out of the ordinary that to please contact us with anything they've seen or anything that may help with the investigation," said Lalonde.
Anyone having any information specific to this incident is asked to contact LSU Police at (225) 578-3231 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Information can also be submitted through the LSU Police website (www.lsu.edu/police) or through the LSU Shield app, which is a free download for iOS and Android smartphones.
Information can be submitted anonymously.