Troy Attempted Rape, Theft

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Troy Police have arrested a Union Springs man, who they believe could be connected to a recent on-campus attempted rape and theft.

However, some questions still remain and campus officials are putting all students on alert.

Troy Police say the victim did not receive any injuries in the attempted rape and theft, and they say that is thanks to a quick response from other students.

A Troy University student was walking on a local street Sunday night, when police say a black male forced himself onto the student.

That man, police believe, is 36-year-old Mark Gabriel Perry from Union Springs.

They say he is not a student at Troy, and say also say they have no motive for Perry to be at the university.

"Fortunately, this is a rare occasion. I think a lot of that can be attributed to that we have a very safety conscious group of students here" says Dean of Student Services, Herb Reeves at Troy University.

Police say it was because of the victim fighting back and her screaming that alerted other students nearby to come out and scare the attacker away.

"Walking by yourself is probably not the best thing to do. Walking with somebody else, walking in numbers is probably the best thing to do. If we could instill that into just not students at the university, but individuals that walk around Troy," says Sergeant Benny Scarbrough of the Troy Police Department.

Police say the suspect stole the victim's cell phone, which was recovered at the time of the arrest

Troy University officials have sent a mass email to all students, faculty and staff regarding the incident.

In that email, they give precautionary tips to help prevent an attack.

University leaders encourage you to call the university police if you need an escort through campus. That number is 670-3215 during the day, and you can call 670-1999 after 5:00PM.