Police warn residents following rape report

By The Mercury

The Riley County Police Department and the Kansas State University Police Department are cautioning the public about walking alone at night after a sexual assault was reported in the early morning of August 11 in the area of the university campus.

The victim in this case was a 23-year-old female and police have not yet identified any suspects. The RCPD is investigating the case.

RCPD Officer Matthew Droge said this case is not part of a spree of sexual assaults. He said this is the only rape reported recently in Manhattan.

Droge said this type of assault, where the rapist is unknown, is fairly uncommon.

He said those who walk at night would be safest in pairs or groups.

People walking in the K-State area can use Wildcat Walk, a police escort service, by pressing the blue emergency buttons located throughout campus or by calling (785) 395-7233.

Those who observe or may have observed suspicious persons or have information about this case are encouraged to contact the Riley County Police Department (785) 537-2112 or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

Kansas State University Police Department may also be contacted with tips via an anonymous web service, “Silent Witness,” at

Crime Stoppers accepts text and web tips and ensures anonymity.

For more information about how to submit a tip visit Crime Stoppers online at

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