At approximately noon Monday, Dec. 21, a female graduate student at Washington University was found physically assaulted in the basement laundry facility of an off-campus apartment building in University City. The building is owned and operated by Quadrangle Housing, a subsidiary of the university. She was discovered by a Quadrangle Housing employee performing maintenance and winterization in the building. The building is located in the 700 block of Syracuse Avenue.
The woman is a tenant of the building but the university is not releasing her name or other personal information. She was taken to the hospital.
Investigation of the crime is being handled by the University City Police Department.
The University's sympathy and concern goes out to the victim and her family, friends and classmates.
Washington University and Quadrangle Housing are directly contacting other students living in the immediate vicinity of the building and have issued a crime alert to students living in the neighborhoods surrounding the building. The university is offering counseling and support for others in the building and has also offered assistance in helping them move to another residence should they feel a move is necessary.
University City police and Washington University police are increasing security patrols in the area.