Pullman PD: Other students at WSU fraternity party could have been targets of date rape

PULLMAN, Wash. --- After one student reported she was sexually assaulted at a Washington State University fraternity, other women have come forward to tell police they had become drowsy and sick after drinking at that same party.

Officials said police officers were called to contact an 18-year-old female student on Friday, who said she was given alcohol and sexually assaulted at WSU’s Delta Upsilon fraternity. As police investigated, they found other women who told officers they suspected their drinks had been drugged at that same party.

The rape victim told police she tried to leave after a night of drinking, but an unknown man blocked the doorway and refused to let her out.

“[The suspect was] male, college age and prevented her from leaving,” said Chris Tennant, the public information officer for Pullman Police. “[The suspect] physically attacked her and then sexually assaulted her.”

Police said the victim went to the hospital and underwent a rape examination.

At least three other women told police they felt drowsy and sick after drinking at the same party as the victim.

“Their level of intoxication... what they were feeling, was inconsistent with their drinking experience and what they had consumed,” said Tennant.

Officials said last week a possible suspect in the sexual assault investigation was also contacted and interviewed at the fraternity. Officials reported the suspect was not arrested pending an additional investigation.

As of Tuesday, officers were in the process of getting a warrant to seize cell phones and other electronics from the students living in the fraternity. They said it could take weeks to get to the bottom of the case.

In a statement, Delta Upsilon said the fraternity is taking the allegations very seriously and they vowed to cooperate with police. 

KREM


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