News

Suspect attempted to enter 50 residence rooms on campus

Ottawa police have charged a youth with one count of sexual assault and one count of break-and-enter after he entered 8 rooms in the Stanton residence at the University of Ottawa on Feb. 15.

The university’s security apprehended a young man on the fourth floor who matched the description of a known young offender, after he tried to enter more than 50 rooms. He was then arrested by police.

The suspect, who is under the age of 18, can’t be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police did not release his age, or the number of alleged victims according to the CBC.

The teenager was released from custody on a promise to appear in court “with conditions in place to protect the community,” according to an Ottawa Police Service press release.

The U of O has increased security following the incident, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Access to the residences are restricted evenings and weekends, but not during the day. The university has extra security in place during weekends.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at (613) 236-1222 ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at (613) 233-8477(TIPS).  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at (613) 233-8477(TIPS).