Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:11
A female Lees-McRae student was allegedly the victim of
stranger rape early Sunday.
At approximately 2 a.m., the student was walking in
the wooded area between the churches and Avery dorm in Banner Elk when she was
attacked. It was dark and the victim was unable to give police a clear
description of her attacker. The assailant is believed to be a white male and larger than the
victim. The student was treated and
released by Watauga Medical Center. Banner Elk Police Department regularly
patrols the area- and is actively investigating the case. Anyone with
information is urged to call 828-898-4300.
In the meantime, Sgt. Steve Gouge urges students to
use the buddy system and not to walk alone at night.