LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville Police added patrols and alerted students after a woman reported that a man tried to abduct her.
Lt. Col. Kenny Brown, the assistant police chief, said ULPD received about six calls, all from women, saying that a man stopped them and asked for directions around 10 p.m. Sunday, January 26.
"We'd like to find this person and see exactly what he was doing," Brown said. "It's not against the law to ask for directions, but if you're trying to get someone into a car and using force, it is."
Most of the encounters, said Brown, were near campus dorms, although one was in Old Louisville. Police are still trying to confirm a woman's report on her Twitter account that the man had tried to pull her into his car in Stansbury Park near campus.
Brown said University police tried unsuccessfully overnight to find the man, who witnesses describe as a tall, thin white man in his 30s. Police said he was driving a white 1990 Volvo.
Early Monday afternoon, police added patrols and put out a campus wide alert. Students said they have learned what safety precautions to take because the alerts about crime near and on campus happen regularly enough.
"(The alert about the man's appearance) isn't very descriptive, so it's not really helping," said Anton Artamasav, a junior. "I guess it's more keeping me aware that things are happening."
Police said students should call 852-6111 if they had information about the incidents or 911 if they feel in danger on campus.
"When something looks suspicious, when something looks out of sorts, we tell our students to call us," Brown said. "We don't mind showing up to find out. If someone is truly lost, let us help them, not you."