Student rape reported off campus

Joshua Farmer

Boone Police responded to a report that a female Appalachian State University student was raped on West King Street on Sunday at approximately 3:30 a.m., according to a news release.

The release stated that the victim was walking alone “in the vicinity of the 300 block” of King Street.

“[A] vehicle occupied by two Hispanic males stopped alongside the victim inquiring if she was okay, and then drove on,” according to the release. Shortly after that, the victim was taken behind a building and sexually assaulted.

It was reported to Boone police that the suspect is a short, “pudgy,” Hispanic male.

The investigation is ongoing.

Those who have any information that could aid the investigators are urged to contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 or High Country Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959. Information will remain confidential and those providing tips may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Story: JOSHUA FARMER, News Editor