The skinny timeline:
•Sunday, a student told Drury security that a man in a hoodie followed her from her dorm to a classroom building and was waiting outside.
•Monday, the student said she was attacked in a bathroom at Smith Hall.
•Tuesday, police released information about the alleged attack:
The SPD would like to make those students and the public aware in and around Drury University of an attempted sexual assault which happened yesterday afternoon around noon. The victim was grabbed and brought into a bathroom at Smith Hall which is where the attempted assault took place.
The suspect is described as a W/M 5'10" 150pds, short black hair, dark colored goatee, black hoodie, dark ball cap and blue jeans.
The investigation is still on-going.
•Thursday, the newspaper editorialized:
On Monday, a Drury University student reported an attempted rape to campus security. It wasn't until Tuesday afternoon that Springfield police released information that "an attack had taken place" and that they were looking for a suspect.
We believe it was too little, too late.
Maj. Steve Ijames of the Springfield police said Wednesday that investigators were still gathering information. He expressed concern about making too much information public since police are still unclear about details of the incident.
Police spokesman Matt Brown was much more direct in comments published in Wednesday's News-Leader: "If we looked at every single attempted crime and (publicized them), we would inundate the public. It's a fine line. Attempted crimes occur every day. ... It was not a rape. If we put out every one we would be accused of crying wolf."
Our view is simple: Don't keep us in the dark.
In reference to the alleged attempted rape that occurred on Drury campus on 02/27/06 – CIS Investigator, Detective Lori Everett was assigned to the case and the investigation has concluded with the alleged victim being issued a summons for filing a false police report.
•Does this help explain why the SPD didn't alert the neighborhood to a stalker-sex fiend?
•If so, did reporters know the cops thought the student was a liar?
•If yes, why wasn't this reported?
•Do police have evidence the student is lying, or is it an absence of evidence that leads them to their conclusion?
•How did the student sustain "moderate injuries" if she lied about the stalker? Did she hurt herself? If so, in what fashion?
•Are police routinely skeptical when it comes to reports of stalkers and/or sexual assaults?
•Did the student confess to making up the stalker?
•Why didn't police release the student's name when she was cited with the misdemeanor?
•Should she be named?