INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE FROM ALERT CAROLINA: Chapel Hill Police Investigate Sexual Battery Incident

The Town of Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating a report of sexual battery (by unwanted touching) that occurred on Church Street (between West Rosemary and Caldwell Streets) at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

A female victim reported being followed by an unknown, shirtless, black male as she was walking. The male suspect approached her from behind, spoke to her and then briefly grabbed her. The victim screamed, and the suspect fled on foot.

Chapel Hill Police are asking anyone with information that may help to identify the suspect to call 911 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous. You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at

Continue to monitor the Alert Carolina website ( for any updates in the investigation into this incident. Call 911 immediately to report any and all suspicious activity on campus. For a list of general safety tips, see the following link through the Alert Carolina page:

About Informational Messages: The University sends an Informational Message to inform the campus community about a situation that is not an emergency, but is expected to be of significant interest to the campus. An Informational Message is one of three tiers of communication under the University’s revised emergency communications plan. Emergency Warning refers to a siren activation for a significant emergency. A Timely Warning is issued if there is a continuing danger AND notification will not compromise law enforcement efforts.

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