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An Appalachian State University student told Boone police on Sunday morning that a man grabbed her on King Street, took her to a secluded spot between apartments close by, and raped her.
The woman was walking alone at 3:30 in the morning when it happened, according to authorities. Police said the woman told them that just minutes before the assault, two men in a car pulled up alongside her and asked if she was okay. She told them she was and they drove off.
A short time later she says a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her into the alleyway.
Authorities are not sure if the two incidents are connected. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Few other details are being released at this time except that the attacker may have been a Hispanic man and short in stature.
As police continue their investigation, students are being warned not to walk alone, especially at night. Sarah Lafaille said she sometimes has no choice but to walk alone. "Sometimes you just have to," she said Monday. "I carry a pocketknife for protection."
Other students said they are heeding the warnings and will try to be more aware of their surroundings and travel in groups. Police have beefed up patrols in the area and other spots around Boone near the Appalachian State University campus.
Anyone with information should call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 or the High Country Crimestoppers at 828-268-6959. All information will kept confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.