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Rape reported at Gardner-Webb University Tuesday night, police investigating

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Police at Gardner-Webb University are investigating a sexual assault against a recent alumnus that occurred on campus Tuesday night around 9 p.m. near the Lake Hollifield Complex.

The female victim reported being raped by a single, male assailant, according to a news release from the university. 

She was examined at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.  No other injuries were reported. 

After initial interviews with the victim, police say they have limited information on the perpetrator. 

He reportedly has a beard, a southern accent, and did not have a weapon but was able to overpower the victim.

At this point, police believe the assailant is a threat to the public, given the visibility of the area where the attack occurred and the number of people within the area of the incident.

At this time, the man has not been arrested. 

Police ask the community is encouraged to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or details that may be pertinent to the investigation to GWU Campus Police at 704-406-4444.

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