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Campus police cannot confirm alleged assault

Samantha Lozano, freshman, sociology and psychology double major, told The All State on Monday, Nov. 22. that she was allegedly held at gunpoint on Friday, Nov. 19. in front of the MUC. She claimed campus police responded to her phone call, interviewed her and escorted her to her vehicle. Lt. Carl Little said there was no report of an assault with a gun reported.

Jason Morton, temporary director of Public Safety, said campus police are looking into the alleged incident. “We don’t have any reports that a robbery occurred on Friday, Nov. 19,” Morton said.

“We have a report that her wallet and cell phone were stolen on Wednesday, Nov. 17,” Morton said. Morton said Lozano called and said her wallet and cell phone were recovered and she knew who took them. He said they wanted her to come in and sign a statement saying she found her wallet and cell phone but campus police has no record of her coming in.

Morton said campus police reviewed security footage from the night of the alleged incident from outside the MUC.

Morton said after reviewing the footage campus police could not confirm what Lozano said. He said there is no evidence on the tapes of any incident she claimed.

Lozano said the incident happened in a dark, rainy area.

According to www. weather.com, Clarksville recieved no precipitation on Friday, Nov. 19.

Morton said there is also no record of her talking to an officer that night.

Lozano said she talked to Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, since the incident occurred after 4 p.m. she was transferred to them.

Morton said campus police called Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to see if she reported the crime to them. They have no report of her except on Sunday, Nov. 14. to report a traffic accident.

Morton said APSU dispatch is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “I don’t know of any procedure that said we won’t take a call after 4 p.m.” Morton said if someone were to call 911 it would be directed to either Clarksville Police or Montgomery County, but APSU dispatchers would be notified.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, campus police asked Lozano to come in for an interview and they have no record of her coming in. They have tried to contact her through phone calls but have received no response.

“If robbery happened we want to know so we can keep the university safe,” Morton said. TAS

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  1. This entire story sounded fishy as soon as I read last week’s edition. Anyone who’s been enrolled at APSU for more than a month knows that if there’s an emergency where she was supposedly assaulted, there’s no reason whatsoever to have to enter the building to use a phone- there’s an emergency call box right there. All you have to do is hit the big, giant button and your call instantly goes to the police on campus. That, along with the fact that there are security cameras all over campus as was stated in the article tells me there’s some dishonesty going on here. PLUS… no record of this supposed phone call either on-campus or with the Sheriff’s office exists. Then, the campus police ask her to come in to do an interview/report on this supposed “assault”, and she doesn’t.

    The other thing that bothered me last week, and now again with this article is that she claimed this assault happened AFTER the rape that ocurred on campus. So… a rape just happened and you’re going to walk on campus, alone and at night. HELLO!?

    I’m not sure what the University policy is, but if they have anything that can be done like charging someone with “Filing a false report” or something, they should absolutely do it.

    This whole incident is sad and very disturbing to me. This person makes this report following a REAL assault/rape, playing on people’s deepest fears. Miss Lozano needs some sort of help- maybe she should go see someone in the Counseling Services office.