St. Kate's student raped in broad daylight

St. Catherine's urges students not to walk alone.

St. Catherine's urges students not to walk alone.

A St. Catherine University student was raped in broad daylight Sunday while walking on a path about a mile and a half away from campus.

She was walking on River Road south of the Ford Plant at about 6 p.m. Sunday when she noticed three men following her, according to a public safety alert from St. Kate's.

The men grabbed her from behind, pulled her off the path, and dragged her to a muddy dirt trail. There, one man held her down while the two others raped her.


Since the incident took place away from the college campus and in within St. Paul city limits, the case is under the jurisdiction of the St. Paul police department, said St. Kate's director of public safety, Laura Goodman. And for now, the student is choosing not to report the crime to that police department, although Goodman said she wouldn't be surprised if the woman changes her mind.

"It's a very difficult time. Crime changes victims' lives, and crime victims choose to deal with it in their own way," Goodman says. "Our job is to assist them as much as we can."

Police are looking for the suspects, three African-American males, around 6' 2" tall, between 18 and 25 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Meanwhile, campus police are urging people not to walk alone. Little comfort that suggestion is to this poor woman now.