Man mistakenly enters UT Austin dorm and will not face criminal charges, says UTPD

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information provided by the University of Texas to the Austin Police Department

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man who walked into a dorm and touched someone while sleeping early on Sunday morning did so by mistake and will not be charged with a felony, the Police Department said. the University of Texas at Austin.

Monday’s UTPD update said the man, who was a student, “came forward and identified himself as the person described in the alert.” The UTPD sent the campus-wide alert at 4 a.m. on Sunday, asking students in dormitories to lock their doors.

This happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the Jester West Residence Hall on East 21st Street, near the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard.

According to UTPD, a man entered the room and touched the person’s stomach. When the person woke up, they apologized and then left.

MAP: The incident happened at Jester West Residence Hall on East 21st Street near the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard (KXAN photo)

Olivia Liu, a UT junior, is now on edge when she enters her dormitory.

“Yeah, I was so scared [when I heard about it]”Liu said.

There are at least two checkpoints where students must swipe to enter, although it is easy to overlap with someone entering or exiting.

“In front of the rooms, there is a door like this and we have to swipe our card,” Liu said.

UT police urge students to make sure they lock their doors.

“All of this, you know, is of great concern to us,” said Joell McNew of Safehorns. Safehorns is an organization that promotes safety for the UT community.

“We have had several incidents at different times of the day and night,” McNew said.

McNew said she spoke to parents whose students were facing recent incidents similar to what happened on Saturday night.

“Are the students propping up the doors? Do they leave the doors unlocked? McNew asks. “So there are a lot of questions out there. “

UT has more than 300 emergency call boxes on campus, which were recently upgraded, but McNew’s group wants more off campus as well.

“There are over 30,000 students who reside on the West Campus,” McNew said.

The affected student contacted KXAN and said she called her resident assistant right after the incident, who then called the police immediately to report the incident. The man apologized and left. Police said officers reacted immediately after the report.

Community members can download the LiveSafe at UT Austin app, which enables immediate communication with UTPD sending via SMS.

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