FSU Fraternity Members Help Police Catch Man Who Assaulted Female Student

| by Jared Keever
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Police at Florida State University in Tallahassee are calling members of one campus fraternity heroes after they stopped what to appears to have been an attempted assault on a female student. 

WTXL News reports FSU Police arrested 24-year-old Patrick Furman just after midnight on Wednesday morning after Furman had allegedly grabbed a female student. 

According to the police report obtained by WTXL, several members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity were walking near the school’s student union building when they noticed a man acting aggressively towards a female student. 

The fraternity members approached the man who took off running, according to WCTV. They called police and followed the man so as not to lose sight of him.

Furman eventually ran up to a car and asked the driver for a ride. That driver turned out to be a plainclothes FSU police officer who then took Furman into custody, according to WTXL. 

The police report indicates the female victim told police she was walking home when a man came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her, grabbing her chest. 

“Come with me, just come with me,” the man said according to the victim who was unnamed in reports. She told the man “no” and pushed him off before running away. That was when the Kappa Alpha Psi members approached. 

The woman was not able to positively identify Furman as the man who assaulted her. Three other witnesses did identify him, according to the report. 

Furman was booked into the Leon County jail and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery. 

Records indicate Furman had just been released from prison three days before his arrest. According to records obtained by WTXL he was serving a five-year sentence for aggravated battery and for escaping a treatment program. 

Chief David Perry of the FSU Police Department praised the efforts of those who helped in the arrest. 

“With their help, and swift coordination with our uniformed and plainclothes officers, FSU stood united to stop this offender and ensure he was taken into custody,” Perry said according to WTXL. “We want to say loudly and clearly that anyone who seeks to harm our students will be dealt with using every resource we have.”

Police said the woman was provided with the services of an FSU victim advocate and was not injured in the incident.

Sources: WTXL NewsWCTV News

Photo Credit: Police photo via WTXL News