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Charges dropped in alleged assault at CCRI in Warwick

The Warwick Police Department told NBC 10 News on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, that a student who said she was assaulted at the CCRI Knight campus in Warwick has dropped her complaint. (WJAR)

The Warwick Police Department told NBC 10 News on Friday that a student who said she was assaulted at the CCRI Knight campus in Warwick has dropped her complaint.

The alleged assault happened Thursday in the parking lot on campus.

The student told police a white man who identified himself as “Tom” assaulted her in the school’s parking lot. Police said he was driving a white, four-door Chevrolet car.

Students said they received alert messages from the school after the incident.

“When I got the message, it was really alarming,” Michelle Reardon, a CCRI student, said. “It was very surprising that it could happen in broad daylight. And I really felt for the girl it happened to.”

Others shared similar sentiments.

"Honestly, it's just really sad, mostly because people should feel safe on their campuses," Rachel Gordon said. "So many young people go to this campus and it's just a shame that they have to feel like they can't be safe where they're learning."

Noah Kaye, another student, agreed.

“You try to feel safe and when stuff like this happens. It really changes your perspective,” Kaye said.

Police patrolled in the following hours, with students taking note.

“It's dangerous. Now I'm a little worried,” Deanna Eberle said. “We're definitely making sure that we use the buddy system now.”

Jake Burke, who teaches self-defense at his martial arts studio in Cranston, said it’s best to evaluate the situation.

“Always keeping your eyes open, always being aware,” Burke said. “A lot of people nowadays are walking around looking down, crossing the street, looking at their iPhones.”

There’s no word why the alleged victim doesn't want to press charges in the case.

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