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Arrest Made in FSU Sexual Assault Case

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - July 31, 2012 -

An arrest was made Monday night, July 30th, after a female employee was cornered in a bathroom in Carothers Hall on FSU's campus.

Tyrone Ash, 42, was arrested and charged with attempted sexual assault in connection with this case.

Ash has no affiliation with the university.

You can see the probable cause below

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The FSU Police Department is currently investigating a report of an attempted sexual battery at Carothers Hall. It took place before 3:45pm July 30, 2012. The suspect is described as a male, black, tall, thin, wearing a blue and white stripes or plaid shirt, blue jeans, with a dark complexion.

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- July 30, 2012- 10:25 p.m.

The FSUPD says a staff member was walking into Carothers Hall when she said hello to a man in the parking lot.

This same man would eventually try to sexually assault her just five minutes later.

The woman walked inside a restroom. The suspect then followed her in. When she came out of this stall, she found the man with his pants down.

"He indicates to her verbally he's going to assault her," FSUPD Deputy Chief Jim Russell said. "He basically says 'don't say anything' at which she immediately begins to physically resist."

Police say the woman grabbed the suspect in the groin, bit his neck and hit him over the head with a paper towel dispenser.

"He takes off after that. He's got someone who's resisting very forcefully."

After the suspect took quite a beating from the victim, the man ran out of the building and headed toward Woodward street. Police say several witnesses actually saw the man run out of the building. You can read a description of the man further in the article.

The victim did not suffer physical injuries but the entire event has some students worried.

"It's kind of concerning though because it's happened right inside this campus," said FSU grad student Paul San Valentin.

Anyone with information on the attempted assault is asked to call the FSUPD at 850-644-1234.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- 6pm

A woman fought off an attacker on the FSU campus this afternoon and police say he tried to sexually assault her. Officers are looking for the man now.

Police say around 3:30 this afternoon, they received a report of an attempted sexual battery at Carothers Hall on FSU's campus. The suspect is described as a black man with dark complexion, tall, with a thin build. He was reportedly wearing a blue and white stripes or plaid shirt with blue jeans. The suspect was last seen running from the area towards Woodward Avenue. Officers say no weapons are believed to be involved. Police say the victim fought back, grabbing her attacker in the groin area, biting him on the neck, and hitting him over the head.

Officers say the woman is a little shaken up, but did not suffer any major injuries. Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts should contact FSU police.
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Tallahassee, Florida - 3:50pm

The FSU Police Department is currently investigating a report of an attempted sexual battery at Carothers Hall at has taken place within the last 20 minutes. The suspect is described as a male, black, tall, thin, wearing a blue and white stripes or plaid shirt, blue jeans, with a dark complexion. The suspect was last seen running from the area towards Woodward Ave. No weapons are believed involved.


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