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Students Intervene and Suspect Arrested

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According to UK Police, four male students in the vicinity of the incident responded to the victim’s screams and intervened in the attack. They chased the suspect who eventually attempted to jump into the back seat of a UK Police cruiser sitting in traffic at the stoplight at Rose Street and Columbia Avenue.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2003) -- University of Kentucky Police arrested a man early this morning and charged him with sexual abuse in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree stemming from an incident on UK’s campus.

Avery C. Roland, 25, of Stanton, Ky., is accused of attacking a female UK student at approximately 1 a.m. today behind the Hilary J. Boone Center on Rose Street. He was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center following his arrest.

According to UK Police, four male students in the vicinity of the incident responded to the victim’s screams and intervened in the attack. They chased the suspect who eventually attempted to jump into the back seat of a UK Police cruiser sitting in traffic at the stoplight at Rose Street and Columbia Avenue.

This is the second sexual abuse case reported at UK since the fall 2003 semester began. No arrest has been made in the Aug. 27 case, and UK Police say Roland does not fit the description of the suspect in that case.


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