Alert Carolina Informational Message: Chapel Hill Police Continue Sexual Assault Investigation

UPDATE: Alert Carolina Update: Chapel Hill Police Seek Additional Information in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Town of Chapel Hill Police Department has issued the following update related to their investigation into a sexual assault early Friday, September 13:

“Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and UNC Police Chief David Perry have been in close contact since a sexual assault that took place around 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Shortbread Lofts.  (

‘We have increased our downtown foot patrols and we are grateful for the additional officers that UNC Police has offered to supplement those patrols in our Central Business District,’ said Chief Blue. ‘This increased presence will continue for now. We have dedicated every resource we have to this case and we will bring justice for the victim, the victim’s family, and the community.’

The investigation is ongoing and we need your help identifying a man who was seen in the area around the time of the event and who matched the description of the suspect (See video at:

Reward money is available for information that leads to an arrest in this case. If you have information, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 919-968-2760. At any time of day you can call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward currently up to $2,000.

If anyone feels they are in need of assistance—whether it includes speaking to someone in our Crisis Unit about how they were affected by the news of the assault, information about resources to improve your personal safety, or receiving a site security check by members of our Community Services division—please call 919-968-2760 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you ever feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.”

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