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Archive for Friday, October 8, 1999

FEMALE STUDENTS CONTINUE TO GET DISTURBING CALLS

October 8, 1999

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Female Kansas University students continue to report receiving sexually suggestive calls from an unknown man, but police say recent calls may have been from a copycat caller.

Tuesday, KU police began distributing fliers about a man who had called at least 14 women, asking for them by name and then threatening to rape and kill them. The male suspect made the calls between 12:15 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Wednesday night, a 20-year-old KU student who lives off campus told Lawrence police she had been called at 1 a.m. Saturday by a man who threatened to "rape and beat" her, Sgt. George Wheeler said.

"She immediately hung up and didn't engage him in conversation," said Wheeler, who counseled anyone receiving similar calls to do the same.

KU Police Sgt. Troy Mailen said three more female students told police on Thursday that they received disturbing calls.

Two of them, residents of Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, were called at 3:58 a.m. and 4:04 a.m. Thursday, and the calls consisted of heavy breathing only.

Another report concerned a Sept. 29 call at Ellsworth Hall. Mailen said the victim reported the man made sexually suggestive comments but did not threaten violence.

"We've got to look at the possibility it could all be the same caller, but there is the possibility it could be a copycat," Mailen said.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call KU police at 864-5900, or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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