LAWRENCEVILLE — While one man has been arrested following an alleged sexual assault on campus, police at Georgia Gwinnett College are asking students to be wary of their surroundings as officials hunt for the suspect in a separate incident.
According to an alert on the institution’s public safety page, an offense was reported between 11:45 p.m. Sunday and 2:45 a.m. Monday in a parking lot southwest of the residence halls complex.
The suspect was described as a light-skinned black man with a muscular build, wearing white shorts.
“The complainant reported that she was returning to her car very late Sunday evening when she was attacked from behind and pushed into her car where the sexual assault took place,” the report states. “The male subject then fled on foot. The identity of the suspect is unknown at this time.”
Jennifer Stephens, director of public relations with the college, said a separate incident was reported Sunday morning, “and in that incident a known suspect was taken into custody at the Gwinnett County Jail.”
Georgia Gwinnett College spokeswoman Sally Ramey said Tuesday afternoon that campus police arrested Nurin Mohamed Ahmed on Monday. While jail records show Ahmed was arrested on disorderly conduct charges, Ramey said that “the sexual assault charge is pending.”
Ramey said that Ahmed was “a guest in the dorm.”
According to jail records, Ahmed was arrested and released Monday on a $439 bond.
Stephens said both incidents were “separate and apparently unrelated.”
She said that the institution issued a public safety advisory Monday following the second event.
Stephens said the two separate incidents were the first sexual assaults reported on campus since the college began in 2006.
“There is heightened security at the college right now,” she said. “The Lawrenceville Police and campus police are on alert and ready to assist.”
Police urge students and those at the college to always be aware of surroundings and travel in groups if possible. Campus police are available to provide escorts from buildings to cars.
Anyone having information about the crime are asked to notify campus police at 678-407-5333. Those who want to remain anonymous may report information at http://www.ggc.edu/student-life/safety-and-wellness/public-safety/crime-prevention-reporting/report-a-crime/index.html.