The University of Iowa

Emergency Information

HAWK ALERT: Report of sexual assault suspect in the area of Lucas and Bowery. Avoid the area, remain vigilant. See for further information.

HAWK ALERT: Report of sexual assault suspect in the area of Lucas and Bowery. Avoid the area, remain vigilant. See for further information.

Situation Update(s): 

 SITUATION UPDATE: Officers are in the area investigating. Please remain vigilant, avoid the area, and use campus safety services.

09/06/2022 - 11:37pm

SITUATION UPDATE: Law enforcement continue to investigate this incident. Please remain vigilant, report suspicious activity, and use campus safety services

09/07/2022 - 12:51am

HAWK ALERT: ICPD continues to investigate. No suspect identified. Remain vigilant, report suspicious activity, and resume normal activity. More at

09/07/2022 - 7:52am

Campus Safety Services

The only person responsible for a crime is the perpetrator. The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is providing the following safety tips and risk reduction strategies in an effort to assist the university community with taking the necessary precautions.

• Strongly consider using campus safety services such as Nite Ride (free, late-night transportation service) and Rave Guardian (which allows you to request a guardian to monitor your walk by GPS). 

• Be aware of your surroundings, especially when walking during the late night and early morning hours.

• If you believe you are being followed, quickly run/walk toward other people or enter an establishment and immediately call 911.

• Never risk injury for material items. Give them up immediately if you are threatened with physical harm.

• You are under no obligation to communicate with strangers; don’t be concerned with appearing rude if you feel vulnerable.

• Keep your door locked at all times, even if you are only leaving for a short time or sleeping

• As a bystander: If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Being an active bystander doesn’t require that you put yourself at risk. Call 911, and, if practical, attempt to record pertinent information (description of the offender, distinguishing features, location and direction of travel etc.) 

• Report any suspicious activity to police immediately, by calling 911.

09/07/2022 - 7:52am
Open - Investigation Ongoing

The Iowa City Police Department issued the below release at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. 

Read full release.

Date: 09/07/2022
Phone: 319-356-5275

Iowa City Police investigate sexual assault

At 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, Iowa City police responded to a residence in the 600 block of South Lucas Street for a report of a sexual assault.

This incident is under investigation and police are seeking the public's help in identifying the person depicted in this doorbell video. Anyone with information related to this incident or the person of interest in the video is asked to contact the Police Department using the information below.

Safety tips

The Iowa City Police Department encourages all community members to remain vigilant and take the following safety recommendations whenever possible:

• Keep your doors locked, even when you are at home.

• Use curtains or blinds on your windows to protect your privacy.

• Never answer the door for a stranger. 

• Walk in groups of two or more when leaving from or returning to your home. 

• Do not leave items of value out in plain sight. 

How you can help:

This incident is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and we are asking the public for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras is asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.