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Crime alert update: third incident of student struck by men

This is an update to a crime alert distributed by email to students, faculty and staff early today, Oct. 15, regarding two students being punched in the head or face by unidentified men in separate incidents near the Polo Road entrance to campus.

Police are now investigating a third incident in which a Wake Forest male student was punched by unidentified men in the same area near campus at approximately the same time.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the three incidents early today.  All incidents were a short distance off campus.  The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating, with assistance from the University Police Department.

Police officers are increasing patrols in the Long Drive/University Parkway/Polo Road area, in addition to other nearby campus areas.

The investigation expanded today when a Wake Forest student contacted University Police after reading the crime alert distributed earlier today.  He told police that he and a Wake Forest female student were walking on Long Drive at approximately 12:50 a.m. today, toward the Polo Road entrance to campus, when they came across three unidentified men.  One of the unidentified men struck the male student in the face and the men continued walking away.

The struck student and his companion returned to campus, but did not report the incident until late this morning.  The student did not request any medical assistance.

Early this morning, a crime alert announced that in two separate incidents, male students had been struck in the face or head by an unidentified group of three men.

The first incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by another male student, was punched in the face at the intersection of Polo Road and Long Drive, directly across from the Polo Road campus entrance.  He was checked by student emergency technicians.

The second incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by a female friend (non-Wake Forest student), was punched in the head.  The student did not request medical attention.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

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