University police investigate rape at Bear Village Apartments

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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