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Man charged in sexual assault in dorm shower, UIC says

Updated: April 1, 2014 7:45AM

A University of Illinois at Chicago student was sexually assaulted Monday morning in a dormitory room shower on the Near West Side campus.

The attack happened just after 10 a.m. at the Commons South residence hall, according to a crime alert issued by the university.

Other residents heard the attack and called UIC police, the alert said. The students were able to detain a male suspect until officers arrived, and he was taken into custody by police.

The suspect is not affiliated with the university, said UIC spokesman Bill Burton, who called the assault a “brazen crime.”

The student is receiving medical care, and campus officials are providing support and counseling to residents, the alert said.

The five-story residence hall at 700 S. Halsted Street houses about 190 undergraduate students, according to UIC’s website.

The main entry door to the building is staffed, and other doors lock automatically, Burton said. The building also is equipped with “extensive” video surveillance, he said.

Authorities do not know how the suspect got into the building, but the alert urged students to make sure security doors are shut and locked at all times.

UIC police are increasing patrols in residence halls because of the incident.

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