APD investigates CNM campus kidnapping, sexual assault

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are now investigating claims by a woman who says she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted on the CNM campus.

The female student says a man and a woman grabbed her as she was walking from class. APD is now investigating while students are worried.

“It’s very disturbing, you don’t want that to happen to anybody,” said Jessica Herrera, a CNM student.

“It is very upsetting,” said Tyreena Gidden, a second year CNM student.

In response, CNM is now ramping up security while APD investigates the victim’s story. CNM reports that a female student was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in one of the college’s main parking lots off Buena Vista.

“It’s extremely unexpected, I wouldn’t have thought that that would be happening here,” CNM student Joel Reece.

CNM reports that the victim claims a man and a woman abducted her in the parking lot near the Physical Plant Building, also called the PPD building. The victim says it happened around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. CNM says the victim reported it to campus security guards on Wednesday.

Immediately after the reporter, CNM sent out a text message alert to student, along with an email containing more information.

Students say it’s a shock to hear.

“I walk that (parking lot) everyday,” said Rebekaah Deans, a first year CNM student who was surprised by the news Thursday.

The parking lot near the PPD building is also the same area many students walk through to get to the Student Resources Center or the nearby library. Many students park off campus in the nearby neighborhood along Buena Vista.

Students say since this incident was reported, there’s been a heightened sense of security on campus.

“They had this guy come up to us, all of the girls in the library and tell us that we had to walk with somebody to our car, make sure you walk with somebody to your car,” said Jessica Herrera.

APD says it’s now pulling surveillance video from the night of the incident. They say multiple cameras should have caught something. Students are hoping for that too.

“But that is pretty scary, I don’t know why anybody would do that,” said Tyreena Gidden.

The two suspects are said to be in their late 20’s. The male suspect is said to have dark skin, a bald head and tattoos on his knuckles. The woman is said to have blonde hair and was carrying a backpack.

Just a couple months ago, CNM students were worried about a different kind of attacker on campus: a man who was giving out hugs and lightly biting female students. The former CNM student was finally caught and taken in for a mental evaluation, but he has not been charged with anything yet, according to court records.

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