Police don't believe account of woman attacked on campus

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks police have concluded that a kidnapping and sexual assault reported by a 20-year-old student did not actually occur.

According to UAF police chief Terry Vrabec, the woman gave police inconsistent versions of events, specifically regarding the location of the assault.

''There are clear inconsistencies that relate to evidence and location,'' Vrabec said Friday. ''The statements that we have today show that the incident didn't occur.''

The woman said the attack occurred near the Wood Center on March 28.

The woman said she has problems remembering the specifics of the attack due to its traumatic nature.

The woman told police that she had been standing outside the north side of the Wood Center around 9:30 p.m. when a stranger grabbed her, dragged her a few hundred feet to a wooded hillside on the west side of the center, and sexually assaulted her.

She told police she struggled with her attacker and that he eventually stopped and fled. She gave a detailed description of the man.

A search of the area by UAF police with help from other law enforcement officials failed to produce a suspect.

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