MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — Early Sunday morning, a 25 year old woman told police she woke up around three in the morning to a strange man inside her bedroom in the 500 block of Fremont drive. That case is being investigated as aggravated burglary and sexual battery. Two hours later, a man reportedly raped and stole money from a woman around 5:30 am in the 500 block of Griffith drive. Both areas are only five minutes away from each other. And the thought of having these two crimes happening so close to one another makes homeowner, Lana Ellis worried about the safety of her neighbors.
“I see a lot of people walking and a lot of times it’s women alone. and especially after dark, you can’t be too careful,” Ellis said.
She says she feels safe in the area, but crime can happen anywhere.
“I lock my doors and i have my phone with me all the time…beside me or on me.”
With these two incidents being less than ten minutes away from K-State and the recent rape allegations from earlier this year, this makes one student question the amount of security in Manhattan.
“Since I moved in last year, my roommates and I have always just locked the door,” Graduate Student at K-State, Allison Adams said. “The deadbolt, too, at night.”
I then reached out to the Riley County Police Department to find out \more about these incidents. They released a statement saying —
“Due to the nature of these on-going investigations we are not releasing any additional information at this time other than these incidents are not related,” Lieutenant from Riley County, Tim Schuck said.
Lt. Tim Schuck is also reminding people to lock your doors and windows. turn on your exterior lights when it’s night and to not walk in unpopulated areas.