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University police investigate rape at Bear Village Apartments

Posted: November 8, 2012 - 3:05pm

Two men are being held at the Faulkner County Jail while police at the University of Central Arkansas investigate a reported rape at Bear Village Apartments, spokesman Arch Jones said Thursday.

A 23-year-old woman, who is not a university student, reported she was raped Wednesday night by a 23-year-old man, who is also not a student. The man and woman knew each other and were visitors to Bear Village. Neither are from Conway, Jones said.

The suspect and another man — who misrepresented his identity to police — were taken into custody at about 9:28 p.m. Wednesday night and will be held 48 hours while police investigate, Jones said.

The reported rape is the fourth UCA police have investigated this year. This is the second time a woman reported a rape that allegedly occurred at Bear Village, according to police incident reports.

None of the reported rapes are related, Jones said.

"They're all unrelated incidents, and there's no need for the UCA community to be alarmed," Jones said.

Prosecutors are reviewing whether to move forward with charges for two of the previous rape cases, Prosecutor Cody Hiland said. Prosecutors received the case files, asked and received more information from police and will decide whether to file charges soon, he said.

Jones said one woman who reported a rape this year refused to press charges.

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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 11/08/12 - 03:19 pm
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Hmm

'The reported rape is the fourth at UCA this year. Jones said none of the rapes are connected.

"They're all unrelated incidents, and there's no need for the UCA community to be alarmed," Jones said.'

No reason to be alarmed? How is having four alleged rapists better than having one alleged serial rapist? At least if they were all done by the same person then all you'd have to do is catch and prosecute one guy instead of having to do this four times.

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 11/08/12 - 03:31 pm
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Campus Security?

Don't know about you but I am very uncomfortable if it's true that the UCA security staff is investigating. The fact that these rapes happened in UCA housing does not mean that Conway PD or ASP should leave it to UCA pd. UCA police do not have a responsibility to the Conway City community, but only to the University which can present a conflict of interest in how the case is handled. If it is true that only the UCA police are investigating, then I urge Conway PD to get these cases transferred to them as soon as possible, or insure they are handled by ASP investigators.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 11/08/12 - 04:00 pm
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Yeah!

And while they're at it they can go ahead and release the person they already took to jail!

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 11/08/12 - 04:14 pm
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Doesn't change a thing

I'll repeat. UCA Security reports to the University, not to our community. If the investigation showed a liability for UCA, that fact may not make it into the report. It's like letting UA Security investigate the Bobby Petrino case.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 11/08/12 - 04:17 pm
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Unpublished

"It's like letting UA Security investigate the Bobby Petrino case."

Except, Bobby Petrino didn't wreck his bike on UA campus, this happened ON the UCA campus.

Big BIG difference.

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 11/08/12 - 04:43 pm
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ok...

It's only an example! Maybe I wasn't refering to the accident but something else we don't know about because UA police investigated rather than ASP. Boy, clownhats sure are sticklers for detail.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 11/08/12 - 04:48 pm
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Exactly!

Just like they covered up the whole Jack Gillean thing.

ThePaleHorseman
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ThePaleHorseman 11/08/12 - 04:45 pm
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My understanding

and I could be wrong (just ask quill), but I thought the campus police were more than just campus security. They were considered more of a substation of the CPD, much like the Westin PArk substation over in West Conway. Also they they were fully trained and qualified Police officers. Not just certified security guards.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 11/08/12 - 04:50 pm
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Not CPD

They're certified police officers who work for the state.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 11/08/12 - 04:54 pm
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Campus police is a police force

Totally legit, no different than any other community's police force.

While the four number is an eye-opener, I'm saying it's reflecting something which wasn't as well reported in the past. Which is to say what was once written off as rowdy kids, is now a crime, reflecting a growing social awareness. Good.

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