UNF student says she was sexually assaulted at Osprey Cove

Student met man through mobile dating app, police say

By Brittany Muller - Reporter, Nick Jones - Digital producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A student at the University of North Florida told police Friday she was sexually assaulted at her residence in Osprey Cove, according to a security alert from the University Police Department.

The student said she met the man through a mobile dating app and they arranged to meet in person at Osprey Cove, police said. It's unclear exactly when the assault took place.

The suspect was described as a white man with tattoos on both arms. Investigators said he was driving a white Jeep Cherokee.

News4Jax spoke with UNF freshman, Vanessa Converse, who said, "we have like police on campus everywhere that you can click the button and they’ll come to you and they’re always on call and always around."

Converse said she feels safe on campus and sees University Police constantly patrolling the campus, including the dorm areas.

"I definitely think you should meet in public if you don’t know a person just in case something like this happens," Converse said.

Police asked anyone with information to call the University Police Department at 904-620-2800.

Authorities are also warning those who use mobile dating apps to meet in public places and not where you live.

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