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

Town of Chapel Hill police are investigating two reported sexual battery incidents on Church Street. In both incidents, female victims were reportedly walking alone when approached by a black male. In both cases, the male grabbed the victims’ buttocks and then walked away. The first incident occurred Sunday, May 19, at about 3 a.m.; the second incident happened Monday, May 21, at about 11:20 a.m.

In the first incident, the suspect is described as black male, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 170 to 180 pounds, with short hair and a muscular build, wearing no shirt, and approximately 23 to 26 years old. The suspect in the second battery was described as a black male, 6 feet tall, with short hair, wearing a blue Polo shirt and jeans.

Chapel Hill police ask 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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