USM Public Safety

Campus Safety Alert June 4, 2013



June 4, 2013


Portland Police are looking for the public’s help after a sexual assault in Back Cove Monday morning. In a news release, police say a woman had just finished a jog around Back Cove at around 10:20 AM and returned to her car. When she got in her car a man was sitting in the passenger seat. Police say the man sexually assaulted her. She fought with him and hit the horn, and he left.

The man is described as white, heavy set and about 50 years old. He was balding, had poor hygiene and may have had tattoos on both forearms. Other people in the lot may have witnessed the attack.

If you were in the area, and especially if you saw a man enter or exit a small red car, please call Portland Police detectives at 207 874-8575.

Police urge drivers to keep their cars locked and take their keys with them if they use the trails.


USM Police offer the following safety tips:

*Always try to walk with someone when possible. Especially at night,

*If being followed, go directly to a populated place.

*Report any suspicious persons or vehicles immediately to police.

*Check your vehicle before getting in.

*Lock your vehicle immediately after entering or exiting.

* Use USM's police escort service when you feel unsafe.


This notice is provided as part of USM’s safety awareness and education efforts, and complies with federal legislation known as the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998.


Per order of Kevin J. Conger, Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety